DAVID R. LEYBA JULY 1, 2013 David R. Leyba, 72, died peacefully on July 1, 2013 with his family at his bedside. David was preceded in death by his mother Virginia Leyba, step daughter Angelina Roybal, and grandson Dino Padilla. David is survived by his wife of 25 years Maria, daughter Lydia Leyba, son David Leyba (Fran), Sophie Leyba, mother of his children, brother Jose M. Leyba, step son Rich Romero (Noel), grandchildren David Padilla (Felicia), Marcus Allen Leyba, Brittani Dayn Leyba, Holden Harvey-Romero, Simone Harvey-Romero. He is also survived by many in-laws, nieces, nephews and special friends Fred and Nancy Donahue, Christine and Sal Salas, Dennis and Florinda Roybal and beloved pets Cinnamon, Casper and Leroy. David served in the Army with the 101st Airborne stationed in Korea. Upon his return he entered the Law Enforcement field, working for the Dept of Corrections and later the Santa Fe Police Dept. In 1965 he moved his family to Tustin, California where he joined the Tustin Police Dept., obtaining the rank of Sergeant. In 1976 he returned to Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Police Department. While with the department he was critically injured in the line of duty and received the Medal of Valor. In 1987, David returned to the Department of Corrections where he retired with the rank of Major, Chief of Security. During David's extensive law enforcement career he received several awards and commendations for his dedication and duty to service. At the time of his death David and Maria lived in Sedona, AZ where he loved the peace, quiet, and the beautiful red rocks. David was a man with an amazing spirit and a deep and genuine love for his family. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. He loved life and lived everyday with joy in his heart. David will be dearly missed by everyone who knew his beautiful spirit. Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will take place at the National Cemetery on July 11th at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life Memorial and reception at The Light of Mission Viejo, 4601 Mission Bend, Santa Fe, NM.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900