DeConcini, Leonard P. (Deke) Age 92, of Green Valley, AZ, formerly of Burnsville, MN, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Silver Springs in Green Valley, AZ. Deke was born April 23, 1921 in Kulpmont, PA, one of seven children born and raised by his coal-mining father Francis (Frank) and mother Lillian. He earned a football scholarship to Fordham University in the Bronx, NY, where he played in two college bowl games. In response to the attack on Pearl Harbor, he and several teammates immediately left collegel to enlist in the Navy Air Force, where he served through the end of WWII as a flight instructor. Deke continued to serve in the Navy Reserve for many years, retiring as a Commander. While on a leave, Deke met Donna Morse from St. Paul, MN, and they were married very soon after on July 15, 1944. To this union seven children were born, and they enjoyed almost 55 years of marriage until her death in 1999. They started out living on military bases, then moved to St. Paul, MN. They spent most of the child-rearing years in Fargo, ND, then returned to the Twin Cities, residing in Edina, then Burnsville. Deke enjoyed a long and successful career in the insurance business, primarily with American National Ins. Co. (ANICO) He was a loving and devoted family man, a devout Catholic, and was known for his passion for football, and a wonderful sense of humor. Deke was preceded in death by wife Donna, youngest son David, eldest son Michael, and second wife Mary Jane. Left to cherish his memory are sister June, brother Francis, sons Jim (Peg) DeConcini of Green Vally, AZ and Talmoon, MN, John (Patti) DeConcini of Tucson, AZ, Tom (Cathy) DeConcini of Canyon Lake, CA, and daughters, Sharon (Joe) Wronko of Tucson, AZ, and Patty (Alan) Pearson of Luck, WI. Visitation was held at Green Valley Mortuary in Sahuarita, AZ on Wednesday, May 22 from 4-7 pm. Funeral mass was held at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Green Valley, AZ at 3 pm on Thursday, May 23rd. Interment will be at Dawn Valley Cemetery in Bloomington, MN on an undetermined date this summer.
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.