Lee J. Leyba

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Lee J. Leyba Age 74, An Endearing family man and friend left this world suddenly on Wednesday July 18th. Lee had incredible charisma and charm that could only be matched by his heart of gold and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Dolly; children Darlene, Deborah, Ursula and husband Steve, Joe and wife Cathy, Micaela and husband Lonnie; grandchildren Devin, Adam and Mia; great grandchildren Tyler, Victoria, Ava and Lorenzo; his Sisters Viola and Gloria; his brother Clyde; his much loved cuñado John and numerous family members. Lee was born in Santa Fe, NM on May 13th 1938 to Lito and Mela Leyba. Lee attended El Rito boarding school and had many fond memories of those years and always looked forward to all of their reunions. At the age of 17 Lee joined the navy which was the start of his many adventures, then enlisted in the United States Coast Guard where he made his career of 20 years. Lee loved his military life and all the travels it brought him. After his "retirement" Lee went to work for the Department of Labor for another 20 years. Lastly his career working for the Department of Veteran Affairs brought him great joy whenever he was able to help Veterans and their families. Lee loved going to the local casinos with his wife Dolly as well as their many trips to Las Vegas and Laughlin. Lee also enjoyed travels abroad with his buddy Ted which led to many great stories for him to share. His grandchildren will also cherish the many fishing trips to Jemez that their grandpa loved to take them on. Lee's love for life was cut short but how he lived it and loved it will be remembered forever. A viewing will be held on Monday July 23, 2012 at Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday July 24, 2012 at 10 a.m., Prince of Peace Catholic Church 12500 Carmel Ave NE with Interment to follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 12:45 PM. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-821-0010

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