David, 58, was born to Jack and Evelyn Leal on May 11, 1955 in Hanford, California. David went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 7, 2013 in Hanford, California. David lived with his brother Charles.
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David and Charles both proudly served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps. David attended Hanford High School. Later David went on to attend San Diego City College, where he studied photography, and American Business College where he studied architecture. Because of his love for design he went on to have a career in Construction building homes for a few years. While he was at school, his instructor was also his supervisor, and he became a great influence on David's interest for construction. Sometime later David also worked for the IRS office in Fresno. David was fond of trying new things whenever possible; this led him to take a truck driving course in Fresno, where he attained his commercial truck driver's license.
David had many passions in life. A few included his love of American History, especially the Civil War and President Abraham Lincoln. He was always watching documentaries that covered these topics. He adored the outdoors. He studied birds and nature, which took him on many outdoor adventures exploring God's creations. He was always at peace when he got the chance to go fishing with friends. He truly enjoyed traveling, music and art. He was excited about learning about things that interested him.
Most family and friends that knew him all commented that he was one of the kindest and most caring persons they'd ever met. It was not uncommon for him to make sacrifices of himself for the benefit of others.
David will be truly missed by all those whose lives he touched…
David was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving brother; Charles Leal of Hanford and his dear best friend; Jim Toomey of San Diego, California. David leaves many cousins, who too will miss him: Mari Lynn and Roger Starrett, Doug Machado, Chris and Dawn Machado, Rick and Phyllis Machado, Joe and Dee Machado all of Lemoore, and Tim and Julie Machado, of Hanford, John Laurence and Mike Laurence, both of Easton, and Beverly Laurence of Arroyo Grande, California and aunt Naomi Machado of Lemoore. David had many friends that miss him too.
A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Grangeville Cemetery; 10428 14th Avenue, Armona, CA 93202.
Family and Friends are invited to view David's legacy at www.peoplesfuneralchapel.com and send condolences to the family.
Services are under the direction of People's Funeral Chapel, 501 N. Douty Street. Hanford, CA 93230, 559-584-5591.
Published in The Hanford Sentinel on Sept. 24, 2013