Norman Dale Leonard

July 30, 1948December 14, 2017

Norman Dale Leonard was born on July 30, 1948 and passed away on December 14, 2017 and is under the care of El Cajon Mortuary and Cremation Service.

Memorial Service at Berean Bible Baptist Church, 345 5th Avenue, Chula Vista, CA.

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Mary Marek

February 24, 2018

On December 14th, I lost my favorite Uncle. Norman Leonard was a huge humanitarian and a wonderful human being. He was a beloved professor whose students reached out to him even after his retirement. His love for the Kurdish and Filipino people was undeniable. He traveled to Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and many other parts of the Middle East to try to help those that were oppressed by suppressive governments. He loved language and spoke several fluently. He was especially fond of keeping seldom spoken languages alive. He spent all of his free time doing charity work for refugees and those in need of help. I am so very proud of him. He was not happy with our current politics and I am so sad that he didnt live to see the pendulum swing back to justice. His wonderful husband Raymond Zitella cared for him in sickness and in health and shared so many precious memories with him for the last 30 years. My heart breaks for you Uncle Raymond. He loved good food, the company of great friends, stirring conversations and helping those in need. Uncle Norman, I love you with all my heart. Thank you for always making me feel special.

Veronica Shapovalov

December 20, 2017

Norman was such a wonderful colleague! It was a pleasure to work with him.
We have done many projects together -- at San Diego High School and at SDSU. Norman will be missed...
Veronica Shapovalov (San Diego,CA)

Toni Theisen

December 19, 2017

Norman opened his heart to the world. His caring leadership have brought many people together. I have had several opportunities to work and collaborate with Norm in the world languages sphere. He will be very much missed.

Mary Ann Lyman-Hager

December 19, 2017

Norman, how much you will be missed in this world! Your service to the community, your abiding love for humanity, your leadership in the many organizations who have benefited from your wonderful presence. Wayne and I loved being with you in China. It is a memory we will always cherish. Sincere condolences to Raymond and Norman's family members for your loss.

Nadin Abbott

December 19, 2017

Our most sincere condolences Raymond. It was an honor to meet Norman for as little as we did.

Nadin and Tom Abbott

Gail Saucedo

December 19, 2017

Norman was a leadership presence in my professional life for 35 years. A supportive colleague and generous friend, I will miss our personal chats.


December 19, 2017

What an honor to meet you in this life Norman. I am sorry that we did not have more time together. We miss you.

Angie Adkins

December 19, 2017

Leonard must have been a great man, as Raymond loved him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

Raymond Zitella

December 19, 2017

My wonderful husband and partner of 30 years. Your passing has left a void in my life as wide as the sea. I remember and cherish every memory that we shared together over all those years. No one could ever have hoped for a more wonderful life mate. I love you and miss you