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LEONARD PAUL VALADEZ, 62, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on December 4, 2015, after a short illness. Born on September 21, 1953, to Manual and Flora (Apodaca) Valadez, Leonard is survived by his beloved wife, Cynthia Cadiz Martinez; children, Rachel Allison Valadez and Erin Mia Valadez; brothers, John Valadez, David Vinski and Dale Vinski. Leonard became a dedicated and outstanding distance runner in high school who won an athletic scholarship for track and field at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Leonard transferred to UCLA where he received his undergraduate degree in 1976. After graduating from UCLA, Leonard enrolled in law school at U.C. Davis. After graduating and passing the Bar Exam on his first try, he received his Juris Doctor Law degree and went to work for the Riverside County District Attorney's Office where he served with distinction for over 9 years. Moving into the private practice of law, Leonard spent the last 25 years of his life specializing in the defense of indigent defendants charged with serious crimes. Leonard was a self-taught chef and particularly enjoyed creating elaborate presentations for the meals he would serve family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at the Women's Club, 4092 Tenth Street, Riverside, CA. Hours: 1:00 pm. - 5:00 p.m. A tribute page can be found on the website: Evans-Brown Mortuary.com.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 14, 2016
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