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Leonard P. Callan

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Leonard P. "Cal" Callan, first sergeant (retired), was promoted to his final duty assignment for the Creator and Chief on May 15, 2013, in Rancho Bernardo, Calif.

He was born Oct. 13, 1922, in Mitchell, S.D. He joined the service in 1939 and was a decorated hero in both World War II and the Korean conflict. He was awarded the Geneva Convention code of conduct medal and the Bronze Star, and was twice wounded in the line of duty. He then was promoted to the office of recruiting sergeant in Idaho Falls until his retirement.

He went on to be a successful real estate broker and developer. He was the director of the Idaho Falls Urban Renewal project.

He retired a second time and moved to San Diego. He bought a great house overlooking the golf course (the first house in the neighborhood) where he lived with his wife, Dorothy.

He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Wayne, in 2001; and his wife, Dorothy, in 2010.

He is survived by his son, Paul (D'Anna) Callan.

Cal touched the hearts of all he met and will be greatly missed. A gift he gave to all of us is one of his favorite sayings: "Remember, a stranger is a friend you've not yet met." A funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at St. Michaels in Poway, Calif. He will be buried next to his wife, Dorothy, at Ft. Rosecrantz Military Memorial Cemetery with full honors.

Published in Post Register on May 19, 2013
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