Leon died on Thanksgiving Day 2020 in Gig Harbor at the age of 90.
He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean War, and after completing his service finished a degree in mechanical engineering at Gonzaga University. He was a proud Zag who often wore his school colors.
For several years after graduation, Leon designed nuclear reactors in various parts of the country, then moved back to his native Washington to take a job with Boeing until retirement. He and his wife Mary moved to the Key Peninsula just in time for the 1995-96 ice storm. They both enjoyed the area and the friends they made on the KP and Herron Island.
Leon maintained a garden throughout his life. At age 82, he became a vegan. He enjoyed harvesting, sharing and eating his garden salads, including homegrown tomatoes.
He was an active member of St. Paul Parish in Seattle and later St. Nicholas Parish in Gig Harbor, volunteering for the St. Vincent de Paul Society in both places.
A quiet, gentle presence throughout his life, Leon was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He will be missed. For Leon, his passing means that he rejoins his remarkable wife in eternal love, peace and joy.
He is survived by his children Leonard (Cathy), Julie, Maureen (Eric), Kathryn (Sean), Monica (Dave); grandchildren Emma, Hillary, Cooper; and sisters Shirley, Luanne and Allene.
A celebration of life ceremony is planned for later in 2021. To be notified, please email LeonMemorial@gmail.com.
Contributions in memory of Leon may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Paul SVDP Conference, 5600 South Ryan St., Seattle, WA 98178; or St. Nicholas SVDP Conference, 3510 Rosedale St., Gig Harbor, WA 98335.
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