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Albert R. Leon

October 9, 1932January 8, 2021

Albert R. Leon, of Fresno, born October 9, 1932, passed away peacefully at home on January 8, 2021.

Albert is preceded in death by his wife Mary Baeza Leon; his parents Thomas B. Leon and Gerarda Reina Leon; his siblings Johnny Leon, Carmen Uribes, Thomas R. Leon, Godfrey (Cheo) Leon, Gloria Leon, and Olga Contreras; and his son-in-law Karl J. Meredith.

He is survived by his wife Margaret Ann Leon; his sisters Amanda (Clara) Estrada and Anita (Cookie) Crandell; his children Susan Meredith, Albert A. Leon and his wife Evelyn, Danny Leon and his wife Dolores, and Tommy Leon and his wife Carey; his step-children Lloyd Thrailkill, Phyllis Thrailkill, and Darlene Smith and her husband Dick; his grandchildren Jennifer Fritz, Christopher Leon, Jeannie Leon, Erika Cooke, Christopher Cabral, Melissa Cabral, Stefanie Rodriguez, Daniel Leon, Michael Leon, Mary Cross, and Carey T. Leon; his step-grandchildren Robert Thrailkill, Megan Pronovost, Eric Smith, and Kyle Kirkendoll; his 12 great grandchildren; and 1 step-great grandchild.

Al was born in Clarkdale, Arizona. His family moved to California in 1943, and settled in Fresno the next year. He served in the Navy before marrying Mary, starting his career, and raising his family. She passed away after 42 years of marriage.

Al enjoyed a long and successful career as a purchasing agent and manager spending 35 years with Valley Nitrogen Producers/J.R. Simplot. Friendships made there have lasted throughout his life.

Al married again, he and Maggie have been married for 13 years.

Al is remembered by his family as a wise and loving man who always helped them in every way possible. His love for his children led him to be a school volunteer, coach, chaperone, and personal taxi driver. Neighbors, friends, and extended family enjoyed his gregarious fun-loving nature, his open house parties, his love of dancing, and his silly made up songs. Al added fun to every gathering. He could make everyone feel like they were his favorite.

Al Leon will be interred at St. Peters cemetery. His funeral will be available by livestream.

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Albert Leon

January 14, 2021

I wrote the following over four years ago.
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Since the day I was born, my Dad has been a boundless source of divine grace. Before my siblings could reach my heart, before any friends could make me smile, before my wife offered a lifetime of love, my Dad was nourishing my soul with supernatural love.

In 2015, Dad was battling an infection that threatened to take him from me. Good news and bad news fought for my attention as he went from surgery to intensive care. Prayers brought hope when test results brought tears. Progress made one day evaporated the next. But Dad had so much love still within him that the claws of death could not take hold. His spirit within, by strength unseen, willed health to return, and soon his smile and wit did too. After 43 long days, Dad was home again.

Some dark moments during those days drove me to prepare for a Final Goodbye. But I could not. I don’t mean I refused. I mean I literally couldn’t, not because death wasn’t possible, or even likely. It was love.

The love that carried me as a baby, the love that nourished me as I grew, the love that encouraged me as I struck out on my own, that supernatural love which has surrounded me every day of my life was still there. I felt it, and it wouldn’t let me face Goodbye. It said, hold on. It said, keep up hope. That love said, don’t give up yet because I’m not through yet.

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The time for Goodbye has come. That love has finished its work on earth, but its affect remains. I feel that love in my sister and brothers. I share that love with my children and grandchildren. I see that love go on through the lives of a new generation of nieces and nephews.

I can see now that the love my Dad had was never meant to last a lifetime. It was meant for so much more, so many more.

In the midst of great heartache, I celebrate that love, my dad’s love, because it has become his legacy.

FROM THE FAMILY