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Leon, John L. - West Covina  
John L. Leon , 95, died Sunday, June 19, 2016 at his home in West Covina, CA. He leaves his wife of 70 years, Hortense Leon; his son, John Leon and his wife, Jaye Leon; one grandson; three great granddaughters and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved grandson, Nathan Leon. Born and raised in the Los Angeles area , the son of Roque and Jesus Leon, he was a lifelong resident of West Covina. John met his beautiful bride at a dance at Santa Monica Beach in 1945, after having recently served in WWII as a medic. They married in 1946 and have shared 70 wonderful years together. John developed a passion for roses, while working for a large rose grower in West Covina. After the rose growing operation relocated, he opted to stay in West Covina and began working as a grounds keeper for the local school district where he worked until his retirement. John will forever be remembered for his beautiful roses he grew in his garden as well as the gardens of many friends and family. John touched the lives of everyone who knew him and will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. A funeral service will be held June 30 at 9:00am in the Memorial Chapel at Forest Lawn Covina Hills with a gravesite ceremony immediately following with military honors.
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Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on June 28, 2016
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