Leo Donald Leonard was born November 23, 1938 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Florence Robbins Leonard and Leo Bradford Leonard. Leo passed away peacefully January 4, 2021 in his home in Port Angeles, Washington. Internment was held in the Salem City, Utah Cemetery, January 23, 2021.
Leo married his beautiful wife Marilynn Hoyt January 2, 1962 in Seattle, Washington. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Seattle Temple.
They had one son, Richard Leonard.
Leo can be described as a man that was in continual motion, doing something of worth for his fellow men. He was involved in service until his final days.
Three things were highly important to Leo, his family, education, and the Marine Corps.
Leo was proud of the achievement of Marilynn, especially when she received her doctorate in Business from the University of Washington.
Richard, their son, graduated from high school even with the learning difficulties that came with his difficult birth. He went on to serve a successful mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and did some college work as well.
Leo earned a B.S. degree at the University of Utah in psychology, an M.S. at Utah State University in Sociology/Social Work, an M.A. at George Washington University in Special Education, and a Doctorate of Education at Utah State University. He was a Fulbright Scholar - Africa - who worked with the native people in South Africa.
He worked for the U.S. Office of Education in Washington D.C., for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in Washington D.C., as Education Advisor to the Governor of the State of Utah, as Dean of the School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.
Leo had the blessing of working as an ordinance worker in the Washington D.C. Temple and the Salt Lake Temple. He and Marilynn were the Director and wife at the Hamilton New Zealand Visitors Center for 2 years. He served as a High Councilman in two Stakes of the Church and in a young adult ward Bishopric as a councilor.
Leo served as a NCO and then as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps for over 30 years and for a period worked in the Marine Commandant's office. During his service he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
He is survived by his wife Marilynn Hoyt Leonard, and his brother Phillip Merrill Leonard. He is preceded in death by his son Richard C. Leonard, his mother Florence Robbins Leonard, and his father Leo Bradford Leonard.
Published in Peninsula Daily News on Feb. 21, 2021.