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Leonid J. (Leon) TASHEIKO

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Leonid J. (Leon) TASHEIKO Obituary
TASHEIKO Leonid J. ( Leon ) Tasheiko, 65 years old, passed away November 10, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida after an aggressive battle with cancer. Born in Stamford, Connecticut and full of all life had to offer; Leon was a lawyer and entrepreneur. He graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California where he studied Mandarin Chinese. As an aerial intelligence expert in the Air Force, Leon was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. He earned a dual undergraduate degree in history and business, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence with an emphasis in corporate and constitutional law. Leon practiced his chosen area of law, military law, in Montgomery, Alabama. He was admitted to the Alabama State Bar, and also practiced at the federal and appellate levels as well as in the military courts. Additionally, Leon studied international law and English legal history at the post-doctoral level at Oxford University, England. Aviation was his avocation. As an avid aviator, Leon earned his private pilot license while in the Air Force, and continued to earn his multi-engine rating, commercial rating, and seaplane rating. He flew as a drug enforcement officer for the Civil Air Patrol in Montgomery, Alabama. He piloted his Piper Cheyenne until just a few weeks before his death. Nothing gave him more pleasure, as he would say, than soaring through the skies with his bride, Sandra, and then having afternoon tea. Leon and Sandra were devoted partners in life as well as in business. They were married in 1990 in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1994, they founded LJT & Associates, Inc. Under Leon s leadership and vision, the aerospace and defense company grew to hundreds of employees with dozens of operating locations and a worldwide presence supporting civil, NASA, and DOD agency missions. His vision included that of invention and he was proud to have his inventions result in several patents. Leon is survived by his wife Sandra (nee Satterfield), daughter Tamara Leigh (Bill) Tucker, mother Leonor (Saumell), father Leon, and his sisters, Leigh Ann (George) Shields, Larissa (Reid) Pixler, and Laura. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. A celebration of his life will follow at the Church. Interment is planned at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Leon s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, got@woundedwarriorproject.org Please visit our online Tribute at www.quinn-shalz.com. Services under the direction and care of: Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Nov. 22, 2013
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