Daniel Robert Leon
Sept. 12, 1980 - June 20, 2013
Resident of San Jose
Daniel "Danny or Dan" Robert Leon, 32, born in Watsonville, CA, completed his earthly life in Santa Clara, CA. The loving son of Robert "Bob" J. and Nancy K. (Thorne) Leon; dedicated brother to Amy Renteria (Sandro) and Gregory Leon; doting uncle to Delina, Ariana, Kayla, Ashlyn, Brianna, Makenzie and Julian; and devoted husband to Leahi Hall.
As a testament to his Bay Area roots, Danny was an avid Giants, Sharks, Warriors and 49ers fan. His love of sports began as a Cambrian Park Little League baseball player, continued as he played basketball at Ida Price Middle School and Del Mar High School, expanded to soccer, and progressed into a coaching career where he positively affected hundreds of young athletes with his love and knowledge of softball, basketball and volleyball. After coaching softball and basketball at Del Mar, he transitioned to a career at City Beach Volleyball Club where he helped manage one of the largest and most successful volleyball clubs in the nation. Whether sitting next to him on a couch watching a game on TV or on the bench while one of his teams was competing, his analytical abilities matched by his enthusiasm, and tempered by his fair-mindedness, were on display.
As a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Danny faithfully served a two year mission in the Spain, Las Palmas Mission, honorably serving the people of the Canary Islands.
On July 31, 2010, on the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Maui, Danny married the love of his life, Leahi Hall, daughter of Isaac and Dana Hall, and Maui became his favorite place to visit. He will be remembered diving into the warm waters at Makena and standing in the shade of the Kukui trees.
Danny was technologically savvy, an avid reader, and an intellectual giant. He recently received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from San Jose State University, while tending to his full-time position at City Beach.
Aloha, Danny, til we meet again . . .
A viewing will be held on Friday, June 28th, from 5-9pm at Darling & Fischer Chapel of the Hills, 615 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, CA 95030. On Saturday, June 29th, there will be a brief viewing from 9-9:30am at the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1336 Cherry Ave., San Jose, CA 95125, followed by a 10 am Memorial Service. Danny will be laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery, 300 Curtner Ave., San Jose, CA.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on June 27, 2013