Leon H. Sweetland passed away on Jan. 9, 2021. He was born in Hayes, Kansas, on May 11, 1927.
Stories about growing up in El Paso, Texas, Estes Park and La Junta, Colorado, Mitchell, South Dakota, San Francisco and San Diego, California, were always ready to be told. After serving in the Navy aboard the U.S.S. Alabama, Leon met the love of his life Margaret Jeane Snyder while attending La Junta Junior College.
After marrying Jean, he earned an electrical engineering degree from what is now Colorado State University. Public Service Co. of Colorado hired Leon as an electrical engineer in Fort Collins upon graduation. In 1962, he transferred to the Evergreen Public Service office as manager of operations, retiring after 35 years on the job.
Leon and Jean joined Church of the Hills Presbyterian in Evergreen in 1963. They enjoyed singing in the choir, being members of the Mariners group and also attending Spares and Pairs functions. Leon lost Margret Jean 10 years ago and his youngest child Susan a year ago.
Leon is survived by son Robert and daughter-in-law Anita of Oklahoma, and son Thomas and daughter-in-law Victoria of Littleton. His grandchildren Toni of Longmont, Rob of Houston, Texas, Brian of Littleton and Josh of San Diego, California, have given Leon eight great-grandchildren.
Leon was a founding member of the Blue Spruce Kiwanis of Evergreen. He loved to cook pancakes for various civic events sponsored by Kiwanis and tried to foster a legacy of one-of-a-kind pancakes.
Walking the trail around Evergreen Lake was part of Leon's daily rituals for many years. He was observed chasing an aggressive cow elk away from a frightened female jogger on the north side of the lake. He was humbled and honored to be a 32 degree Scottish Right Mason.
Published in Colorado Community Media on Feb. 17, 2021.