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Leland (Lee) Hancock


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Leland (Lee) Hancock
Sept. 6, 1943 - July 1, 2016
Discovery Bay
Leland (Lee) Wiley Hancock passed away suddenly on July 1, 2016. He was a husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, boss, but he was mostly a good friend to many who appreciated a firm handshake and a warm smile.
Leland was the oldest son of 10 children born to William and Lorine Hancock of Galena, Missouri. The day after graduating from Galena High School in 1961, he left the family farm and made his way to Los Angeles where a relative gave him a construction job. That opportunity, along with a tremendous drive and ambition lead to a 50+year career in construction, development and real estate. Upon moving to San Jose, Lee Hancock Construction Inc. was established in 1969 and would eventually build 3600 apartments and single family residences in Santa Clara, Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties. Lee was always willing to give a job and a chance to anyone who wanted to work hard.
Lee was a 36-year resident of Saratoga, California. He was extremely involved with the Saratoga High Athletic Boosters. When the baseball field needed to be redone, rather than waiting for bake sale fundraisers and the beaurocratic process of approval, Lee took his tractor and his talent and transformed the old dirt field into a lush baseball diamond himself. In appreciation, Saratoga HS named the field "Lee Hancock Field" in 1988.
Lee never forgot his humble Missouri roots. He returned back to his alma mater, Galena High School, and donated the funds to remodel their gymnasium. In 2013, "Hancock Gym" was dedicated to a grateful community. The superintendant's message to the staff that year was simple yet profound. In referring to Lee's life he stated, "It was a story about a poor kid from Galena. He worked hard and wasn't afraid to take a chance. You never know which of you may have the next Lee Hancock in your class. Never overlook a single student."
Lee is survived by his wife of 52 years, Beverly, son Doug (Liza) of Stockton, son Leland (Leslie) of Brentwood and daughter Tamie (Ron) Scranton of Petaluma. Grandchildren: Madison, Chelsey, Teddy, Elena, Daniel, Allison, Chandler, David, James and Matthew.
Friends and family of Lee Hancock are welcomed to a Visitation on Wednesday, July 6th from 5:00-8:00 PM at Brentwood Funeral Home, 839 First Street, Brentwood, CA. The Celebration of Life ceremony will be held on Friday, July 8th at 10:00 AM at Golden Hills Community Church at 2401 Shady Willow Lane, Brentwood, CA. He will be laid to rest at Union Cemetery 11545 Brentwood Blvd, Brentwood.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to "Damn Good Kid," a scholarship founded in Lee's honor intended for non-college bound high school graduates who, like him, just need vocational skills and ambition to achieve success. Send donations to "Damn Good Kid" c/o Brentwood Education Foundation. P.O. Box 853 Brentwood, CA 94513.


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on July 6, 2016
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