This appointment was a great honor to him, and he took being a Judge very seriously.
In 2004, Lee retired due to the declining health of his beloved Phyllis.
After obtaining his Juris Doctorate degree in 1985, Lee was given the opportunity to share office space with attorneys John Swayne and Steve Calhoun in Orofino where he and Phyllis put down deep roots.
Lee was an active member of the local Kiwanis Club, as well as the Marine Corps League and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
In 1981, Tom and Dorothy moved to Lewiston, where they lived until Tom's death in 1987. Harold and Dorothy lived first on the farm in Cameron, and then in Lewiston.