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Leon Lazar

1925 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Leon Lazar Obituary
June 1925 - January 2018

Leon Lazar died peacefully on January 5, 2018. Leon was the beloved husband of Lucy Lazar. He is survived by three daughters, Ana, Amy and Leora and three step-children, Martha, Michelle and José. Together Leon and Lucy have ten grandchildren, Aaron, Rachel, Jonathan, Max, Miles, Zachary, Sidney, Drew, Tyler, and Cade, and four great-grandchildren.
One of the pivotal experiences in Leon's life was serving in the Navy during WWII. He enlisted at just seventeen years of age and was stationed on a cruiser called the USS Boise in the Pacific. Leon was proud of his service in the war, and the fact that he met Gen. MacArthur. Leon was honored a few years ago at a Bakersfield Condors game in front of a stadium full of cheering people.
Leon was a man of many talents. He had a beautiful singing voice and performed locally at various community entertainment events where he was master of ceremony, singer and of course, comedian. He was always entertaining. His creative imagination also led him to author several short-stories and books, one which he self-published, "The Vindicator."
Playing sports was an important part of Leon's life and in retirement he regularly played tennis, golf, bowling, ping-pong and softball. He was a sought after pitcher and a captain of his softball team. He was an excellent ping-pong player and continued to play until the end of his life. Leon was an exemplar of successful aging, adaption and remaining in the game.
Leon was also a successful businessman. In his first career he took his watchmaking post-war training and established several jewelry businesses both in New York and California. Then he met the love of his life, Lucy and together they expanded their jewelry business. Later, they opened an award-winning restaurant in San Diego. Both Leon and Lucy had a wonderful sense of adventure traveling and enjoying life to the fullest.
Leon was always pleasant and positive. He will be greatly missed. Funeral will be held March 3rd at 10:30am at Riverside National Cemetery.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 25, 2018
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