Leeds Robbins Lacy, Jr., 77, of passed away Aug. 3, 2014, at Enloe Hospital, he was born in Woodbury, New Jersey on Nov. 13, 1936, to Leeds and Elizabeth Toy Lacy. Barely into his sophomore year the family moved to Aurora, Colorado, where he graduated from Aurora High School, Class of '54.|
He attended Colorado State College of Education, now Northern Colorado University. While there, he was active in many phases of campus life including Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, lettering four years in football and 2 years in wrestling and serving as Vice-President of the student body. He earned his BA in 1958 and MA in 1959, both in Mathematics with a minor in Physical Education. As a freshman, he met class-mate Janet Koehler Lacy who became his wife Dec. 15, 1957.
He taught high school math and coached football, wrestling, track, and golf at Castle Rock; Colorado; Yuma, Arizona; and Arcadia, California. While in Arcadia he attended the University of Southern California, earning a Doctorate (EDD) in educational administration in 1974. In 1970 Leeds began in administration as an assistant high school principal at Arcadia High School. He moved to the principal's position at Rolling Hills High School in Palo Verdes in 1973 and became assistant superintendent, personnel, in 1977 for the Sanger Unified School District. In 1981 he became superintendent of the Hanford High School District and from that post he moved to Orland in 1986 to be superintendent of the Elementary and High school districts. He retired from that position in 1997 after leading the unification of the two districts.
During this career Leeds was very active in the Association of California School Administrators where he served on the state board. He also taught administration classed for Pepperdine, Fresno State, and Pacific College. Following retirement in Orland Dr. Lacy served as an interim superintendent for Ready Springs, Durham, Pleasanton, Maraga, Sierra/Plumas and Orland. He also greatly enjoyed teaching math classes for both Butte and Shasta Colleges.
Leeds was very active in the community and surrounding area. He was past-president of the Orland Chamber of Commerce and Orland Rotary, served on the Westside Ambulance board, was a Lay Leader at his church, and belonged to the Laurel Masonic Lodge. Because of his love of singing, he participated in the church choir, was in the Glenn Chorale, sang with the Bidwell Generals, and was a member of several barbershop quartets. His hobbies were golf, skiing, and reading. He was the announcer for many KIXE fundraisers. He loved attending, sporting events (especially when rooting for Orland High School or USC Trojans). He also enjoyed stage presentations, particularly the annual trips to the Ashland Shakespeare Festival with dear friends.
The family wishes to thank the many friends for their support which has meant so much, also Dr. Mark Weeber and his staff as well as WindChime of Chico for such excellent care.
Survivors include wife, Jan; son, Robert (Leigh) and grandson Dylan; son, John (LeAnn) and granddaughter Megan; brother, Glenn Lacy (Ruth); sisters, Brenda Lacy Riddell and Michelle Lacy-Stanley; sister-in-law, Arlene Lacy; and 7 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Bruce, nephew Charles Lacy, and infant daughter Connie Sue.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the Federated Church of Orland, 709 First Street, at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Federated Church Memorial Fund (address above), Orland Music Supporters (Box 514, Orland), the
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Published in Glenn County Transcript from Aug. 20 to Aug. 27, 2014