Remembering Les de Asis

Bali-SongFor over 20 years, Les de Asis, founder of Benchmade Knives, has partnered with Clackamas Community College, educating students and industry leaders with his contagious entrepreneurial mindset. We are deeply saddened by his passing. His leadership presence will be greatly missed.

To honor his profound impact in our community, the Makerspace in the college’s new Industrial Technology Center will be named in memory of Les. His tenacious and innovative spirit embodied this center for invention in this era of rapid advancement in manufacturing technology and his legacy will carry through to the next generation of manufacturing students and entrepreneurs. This space has been designed for use by students in multiple programs, community members, and employers. Fitting with many philosophies Les lived by, the Les de Asis Makerspace will provide opportunities for exploration, skill-building and business development.

The family suggests sending memorial contributions to the Makerspace by filling in the giving form below or with “Remember Les” in the memo of a check paid to Clackamas Community College Foundation, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City OR  97045. If you have any questions regarding giving, please contact Sara Dier at the CCC Foundation: | 503-594-3421


The Makerspace in the news and information from the college.

Thank you to those who have donated to date:

Les de Asis Champions ($5,000+)

Doug Pettis

 Makerspace Circle ($2,500-$4,999)

Hays Companies of Oregon

President's Circle ($1,000-$2,499)

Barry Hendrix

Blade HQ


Eric Meslow

Jack Igarashi, Kai USA Ltd.

Koji Endo, Kai USA Ltd.

Pestilli Agency

Phoenix Machine and Design, Inc.

Schwabe, WIlliamson & Wyatt


Stacey Morgan

Stack Metallurgical Group

Warne Scope Mounts 


Bali-Song Circle ($500-$999)

Bentley-Scott Marketing

Beverly, Chad, Teresa, Colby Rhea

Bill Cook

CreativePlastics Injection Molding, Inc

Doug & Sue Ritter

HWL Associates, LLC

John Foley

Leatherman Tool Group

Marian Berger & Rob Morrison

Mark Long

Mark Smith

Matthew McLeod

Moss Adams



Three Rangers Foundation

Wells Fargo

Friends of de Asis:

Barry & Melissa Cadish, Jeff Fugler, Joe Cox, John Chang, Julie Wilson, Larkin Precision, Lisa Collins, Michael Dalton, Niagara Specialty Metals, Nicholas Salovay, Perficient, ProActive Sales and Marketing, The Radcliffe Family, Richard D'Ambrosia, Samantha Thompson, Sara Dier, Sherri Noxel, The Sloan Family, Spinetti Machinery, The Standard, Vicki Smith, Yuna Holdings, LLC, Zach Kersey


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