Rodney Rod Lawrence Levin
September 8, 1968 - July 10, 2021
Rodney Rod Lawrence Levin, 52, loving husband of Christine (Monahan) Levin and father of Lily Kate Levin, passed away peacefully at his home in San Jose on Jul. 10, 2021. Rod was born on Sept. 8, 1968 in Lompoc, CA where he was raised by his loving parents Alvin and Ann Levin. Rod looked back fondly on his time in Lompoc where he enjoyed spending time with his brother Monty, playing golf and baseball, and attending Lompoc High and La Purisima Mission school.
Rod graduated with honors from both UC Riverside in June of 1990 and later from Santa Clara University where he received his Juris Doctorate in May of 1993. After passing the Bar in December of 1993, he clerked for several judges and practiced civil litigation until 2000. Upon formation of McArthur & Levin, LLP, he focused exclusively on representing public agencies in special education. His intelligence, knowledge, and empathy were ubiquitous, and his focus on social justice in every aspect of his work and personal life was unparalleled. In 2001, the Santa Clara Bar Association recognized Rod for his outstanding contributions in pro bono work.
Rod married the love of his life, Christine Marie Monahan. They welcomed their precious daughter Lily Kate in December of 2010. Rod cherished his time with his family and together they enjoyed hiking, going to concerts, taking in the local county fairs, and walking their beloved dog, Jet. He was an avid reader and history buff, and his sharp and intelligent sense of humor will be missed by many. If you didnt pay attention, you could miss his subtle yet cleverly crafted wit.
In 2015, Rod was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and subsequently, fought a courageous battle for almost 6 years. He never gave up hope and continued to work with the same clarity, care, and compassion throughout his illness. He is predeceased by his parents, Alvin and Ann Levin and his father-in-law, Warren Monahan. Rod is survived by his wife, Christine and daughter, Lily of San Jose. He is also survived by his loving brother, Montgomery Monty Levin, his dear mother-in-law, Patricia Monahan, and many siblings-in-law as well as nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., Holy Spirit Church, 1200 Redmond Ave. San Jose. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rod's name to The Humane Society of Silicon Valley. https://secure.hssv.org/donate/honormemorial-donations