August 8, 1930 – July 4, 2018
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother, Leo Fonteno, was taken home by his Holy Father on July 4, 2018 at the age of 87. He was born on August 8, 1930 in Beaumont, Texas and was a long time Arizona resident. For several years Leo worked at Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant where he drove a van 50 miles a day bringing the workers to the plant. After that, Leo worked for Glendale High School as a school bus driver for 20 years. Leo kept the kids in line and they loved and respected him. He retired at the age of 84. Leo also volunteered for many years with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
Leo was a good man, a born leader & was always helping family, friends, and even strangers. He was the person you would go to with your problems, large or small, and his friend and family will forever be grateful that Leo was there to help.
Leo is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lynn, his five children, Peggy Bonds, Dave Fonteno, Irene Fonteno, Letitia Rutledge, and Robert Fonteno, 6 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and brothers Richard, Tony, Vincent, Joe, and Patrick.
Memorial donations may be made in Leo’s honor to The American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org, Hospice of the Valley, www.hov.org/donate, or Phoenix Children’s Hospital, www.phoenixchildrens.org.
He was laid to rest at Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale, Arizona.
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July 13, 2018
Dear brother Leo,
So sorry I didn't get to talk to you before your passing about the fights we had as kids.
I still feel I need to apologize to you for it, but I won't get a chance to now, but i'm sure all is forgiven. R.I.P I LOVE LEO, your brother Vince
July 13, 2018
Hi Uncle Leo,
Thank you again for allowing me to take Tish and Robert to Lake Powell as kids.
I'll never forget how stubborn you were (lol) but you trusted me enough to have them for a weekend. You will certainly be missed. R.i.P and give grandma our love until we all meet again. Love you Uncle
July 11, 2018
I can’t believe that you are gone. I remember when I was little and you would take us to Encanto Park for the AFL-CIO picnic. There were pony rides and lots of fun things to do.
My favorite memory though is when you were in the skilled nursing facility, just you and I. You told me that even though I came from a broken home, I turned out good and you squeezed my hand and touched your heart.
You are greatly missed and forever in my thoughts. Say hello to Grandma. 😘
July 10, 2018
It was a pleasure knowing Leo, even though it was only for a short time. We had several things in common including voting for Trump and driving a bus. I’ll never forget on one occasion during one of the last times that I visited Leo, I made a comment that “heaven is going to need a good bus driver.” Leo then smiled at me.
Your going to be missed Leo!