Festus La Chester (Lachester) was born in 1909 in Washington State. He was a Native American of the Makah tribe. His family appears on the 1913 Indian Census Roll showing his parents to be Sebastian and Jessie (Ward). He also had a brother, Donald, enumerated at that time. They lived at Neah Bay, Clallam County, Washington.
Festus married Ada Jimmicum. They had at least two children: Festus III (1931-2001) and Stella (1938-1953
Festus died on January 5, 1948, in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington. He is buried in the Neah Bay Cemetery.