Former Clive mayor Les Aasheim dies
Former Clive mayor Les Aasheim, 82, died Sunday after a long illness, Clive officials announced. Aasheim’s death was not related to the coronavirus, according to a release. Aasheim was mayor from 2001 through 2009. Before that, he served on the City Council. “The City of Clive has lost a good friend and dedicated servant,” current Clive Mayor Scott Cirksena said in a prepared statement. Aasheim “understood the value of regional collaboration between cities.” Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, Clive city vehicles will be parked around Aasheim Plaza, located at University Boulevard and Northwest 86th Street, in honor of Aasheim. The fire department will also display a large U.S. flag over the plaza. In addition to his civic service, Aasheim was an educator for 35 years including serving as principal of Stilwell Junior High School in West Des Moines for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, and their four adult children. A public memorial service will be held at a later date.