Lepordo, Edward Steven
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Ed Lepordo, 60, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on July 28, 2013. Ed was born Dec. 24, 1952 in Boston, MA. At age 5, Ed and his family moved to Anaheim, CA where he completed elementary and high school in honors classes. He was a star athlete in baseball and was scouted his senior year by MLB. Ed served in the U.S. Army, Finthen, Germany from 1971 to 1974 with the 295th Aviation Company. He was responsible for CH54 Sky Crane Helicopters and held "Top Secret" clearance. Ed received 3 promotions his first year and was Honorably Discharged. Ed was a Disabled Veteran. During Ed's time in the Army he was also Manager/Rider of Rodeo U.S.A.-European Rodeo Assoc. from 1972 to 1974. The ERA performed in many cities in Germany and Ed's specialty was riding Bareback Broncs. He came in 3rd place overall and he was looking forward to being inducted into the ERA Hall of Fame in Jan. 2014. After the Army Ed worked as a yard officer for the Dept. Of Corrections, Arizona State Prison, Florence, AZ, a maximum security prison, from 1974 to 1977. He received commendations for outstanding service during inmate strikes and was promoted 2 grade levels. Ed returned to So. CA and became co-owner/Gen.Manager of 2 successful full-line pet stores named Pet Country from 1977 to 1981. From 1981 to 1986 he established D & L Wholesale Distributing Center and Royal Pet Products. Ed developed and introduced a complete line of chemical-free nutritional, health and grooming products for veterinarians and the public. Ed attended Cal State Fullerton from 1980 to 1984, completing degrees in Business Administration and Sociology. In 1986 He was hired by a North American Van Lines agency as Supervisor/Contractor and Project Manager. He was also hired by 2 other N.A. agencies as Operations Mg., Quality Control Mg. and Office/Industrial Relocation Specialist until 1992, when he moved to Arizona. The most important event of Ed's life was Sept. 17, 1989 when he married his soul mate, Donna. They lived in Orange, CA until they visited the Prescott, AZ area for a weekend in Jan., 1992. They knew immediately that they had found their permanent home. They bought a lot in a golf community and moved into their future retirement home in June, 1992. Ed and Donna both worked, but became involved in community activities right away. Ed joined McWhite's N.A. Van Lines, Prescott Valley, AZ in 1992 as an Office and Industrial Relocation Specialist, soon becoming co-owner/Gen.Manager. Ed developed McWhite's into the most successful agency in No. AZ, winning many awards and reputation for being one of the best in the industry. During this time he served as V.P. and President of the PV Chamber of Commerce and chaired many golf tournaments and events to help build a strong community. When the Sundogs Pro-Hockey Team had their inaugural season in 2006-2007, Ed became a Corporate Sponsor and Season Ticket holder. In 2010 he became an investor and served as President during the transition to local ownership. Ed felt strongly about the value of having a local Pro-Hockey team. Ed was direct in conversation, gifted in math and analysis and made tough decisions quickly and confidently. He was a self-made man and worked tirelessly for his businesses, the community and his family. Ed is survived by his wife, Donna and their 2 Yorkies, Katie and Holly, his parents, Anthony and Olga Lepordo, sister Toni and brother Paul, 2 nieces, 2 nephews and 4 GodChildren Ed was preceded in death by his older brother, Pete, who passed away in 2009. A Celebration of Ed's Life will be held from 1PM to 3PM, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 at Tim's Toyota Center, Prescott Valley, AZ. Military Honors prior to the Memorial.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 8, 2013