Leopoldo Torres Gómez

August 3, 1947November 2, 2018
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Leopoldo Torres Gómez passed away on November 2, 2018 after a valiant fight with cancer.

He was born in Artesia, New Mexico on August 3, 1947 to the late Elizandro and Genoveva Gómez.

Leo proudly served with the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He received two purple hearts, and a Bronze Star for “Heroism in Ground Combat”, on April 22, 1968. Leo was an exceptional role model for how one should live a life ready to help others. He valiantly served so others could be safe.

He was a noble man, who will be remembered for his integrity, patience, generosity and loving personality. He was a deeply committed man to God, his wife, children, grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Leo is survived by his wife Lydia Tijerina–Gómez, four children Stacey Van Emst, Anthony Florez, Raquel Pierce and Michael Florez, seven siblings Esther, Henry, Raul, Elva, Ramona, Alex and Armando and 11 grandchildren Isabella, Luke, Samantha, Briana, Anthony Michael, Cody, Adreanna, Aaron, Christian, Jonathan and Joseph.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant son Leopoldo, Jr. and a brother Ruben.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Leo’s life on Veteran’s Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 6-8PM at West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W. Northern Avenue, Glendale. Funeral services will be on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 11AM at Iglesia Del Valle, 15406 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise. Please wear patriotic colors to honor Leo. Burial with military honors will follow at 1:30PM in National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Dysart Scholarship Fund, Dysart High School Alumni Scholarship, P.O. Box 1898, Surprise, AZ 85378-1898. Indicate on check Leo Gómez Scholarship.


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, November 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Committal Service Monday, November 12, 2018

Leopoldo Torres Gómez

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Robert Hooper

November 13, 2018

I first met Leo in 1977 shortly after I transferred from the Chicago area to the U.S. postal service in Sun City, Az. As the “new kid on the block”, most times it’s difficult to adjust to a new work situation. Leo was one of the first to greet me and greatly helped ease my anxieties. We spent many years playing softball together and working together until promotions led him to other offices. His natural people skills and dedication to any task helped him in the workplace as well as on the ballfield. Most of his teammates will remember him as a great friend and gold glove first baseman.

Unlike myself, he was a very humble man. I knew he was a veteran but I did not know of his bronze star or multiple Purple Heart awards. Thank you for your exemplary service, sir! And speakingo of hearts, his was so big that he easily could balance love of his heritage with love for his country, politics be damned.

My two regrets are that I found out about the memorial services too late to attend. And how better to honor Leo than a Veteran’s Day funeral. I last saw Leo a couple of months back at our monthly retirees breakfast. I was late ( as usual) and Leo was getting ready to leave. I told him that the next meeting, for sure, we would sit and visit to catch up. Never thought that day would be the last I’d see him. Late again. Rest In Peace, my friend. Scoop

Elva Leyva

November 9, 2018

Dear Leo,
I am so glad God gave me time to say everything I needed to say to you. You were such an awesome brother, I couldn't have asked for more. I am so lucky to have had you as one of my big brothers. You have always been there for me.

When I was going through a tough time and I needed someone to - 'just listen' - You were that someone.

Sure, when we were kids we used to fight and not get along, AND get on Mom's nerves but, that was kids' stuff, that was normal. However, as we grew up you were a great example to us all. You were always a good son to Mom and Dad, you were a good brother to us, a good father and grandfather, a good student (the teachers loved you), and a good friend to others; you were always very generous with your time. You were the uniting one in the family, always trying to get us're doing it again - because we're all getting together because of YOU!

On November 2nd you slipped away from us but, you did not leave us because, we will never forget you, we will always think about you and pray for you, you will always be in our conversations, and we will always Love you.

Bye for now, Dear Brother,

Your sister, Elva

Natalia R

November 5, 2018

Siento mucho la situación por la que deben estar pasando la familia de Don Leopoldo. La pérdida de un ser querido siempre es muy difícil. Solamente quería compartir un pensamiento que por lo menos me ha dado mucho consuelo. Se encuentra en Juan 5:28,29 donde Dios nos asegura que vendrá el día en que volvamos a ver a nuestros seres queridos. Espero que esta escritura le pueda servir de consuelo.

Ms. Shari Anton

November 4, 2018

Dearest Lydia and family,
The world will not be the same without Leo. I am very sorry for having to endure his illness and now his passing. He is at peace now, and I believe with God. He has left in body, but will never leave you all in spirit. No more pain and now he can watch over you all knowing he lives on.

I remember the first time I met Leo. His smile and fun sense of humor were contagious. He would always stop by with Lydia and give me a hug . He will be truly missed and never forgotten.

All of my love and sympathy to you Lydia and your family. So many are here for you and care.
God Bless you all.

Ms. Shari