Leon Allen Barkdoll
July 2, 1938 – May 29, 2021
Leon Barkdoll, 82 -year-old Fort Collins resident who passed away early in the morning on May 29th at Seven Lakes Memory Care Center in Loveland Colorado.
Leon Allen Barkdoll was born July 2, 1938, in Douglas, WY, to Paul and Ruth (Chroninger) Barkdoll. The family moved to Kaycee, WY in 1943. His family worked on various ranches until his parents opened P & R Cashway grocery store in 1950 at which point, he now had an after-school job. Leon graduated from Kaycee High School in 1956 where he was valedictorian (class of three). He continued his education with two years at Casper Junior College on a basketball scholarship and then transferred to the University of Wyoming in Laramie. He graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. He moved to Casper WY where he started his career with the Bureau of Reclamation. He received a promotion at which time he moved his family to Montrose, CO in 1966. He worked in the Montrose office until he received another promotion. This promotion led him to Fort Collins, CO at Western Area Power Association (WAPA) in 1980. He worked for the government for 33 years, receiving multiple promotions. After his retirement in 1994 he enjoyed spending time with his wife Donna and all their furry pets, whether it be at home or on the road in their fifth wheel. Leon loved the outdoors and all it had to offer, fishing, camping. Some of his favorite memories were up at hunting camp.
He is survived by four children, son Brett & Dana Barkdoll, Salem OR, daughters, Debbie (Dunagan) & Randy Kail, Pueblo, CO, Lisa (Dunagan) & Blake Yoder, Fort Collins, CO, Kathy (Barkdoll) & Mike Bott, Loveland, CO, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his wife Donna, his parents and one grandson.
The family will have celebration of life up at his favorite campsite in Wyoming later this year. Please visit www.allnuttftcollins.com to share a memory of Leon and to leave a message for his family.
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Leon Allen Barkdoll
June 7, 2021
I met Leon in Pulmonary Rehab Class at PVH. It was after Donna had died so I did not have the pleasure of knowing and loving her as others did. But from the first day I came to the class, I could feel Leon's gentle kindness. He was always kind of shy and quiet but had a twinkle in his eye and a wry sense of humor. I remember him for his very crisp dress shirts of different colors and his penchant for bringing chocolates to the therapists.
In fact the very last time I saw Leon, I believe that he had convinced a caregiver or a driver that he had a medical appointment in Pulmonary rehab but, he actually just wanted to bring the therapists boxes of chocolates. What a very kind gentleman!
My other favorite memory of Leon was a post Thanksgiving class that we were in together and I think he knew that I would ask him about his holiday. He promptly retrieved a note from his shirt pocket, detailing all of the awesome foods that his daughter had prepared for the celebration. Well, that was so endearing that it made me very emotional so I had to go to the bathroom to gather my composure.
Leon was an exceptionally kind and gentle human and I know that all of his kids know that as well. I'm just grateful that I got to share his orbit for awhile!
I hold all of you in my thoughts as you carry on the legacy of this very special man!
June 4, 2021
Leon was a kind and friendly person. I met him when Donna started
Pulmonary Rehab and I was the respiratory therapist who worked
with them. After Donna passed he still came to workout. He had
many good stories of the past and always had a smile. He will always have a special place in my heart.