Moses Arispe "Moe" Leon
1936 - 2014
Moses "Moe" Arispe Leon 77 of Tucson, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2014. Moe was born May 31, 1936 in New York City. He graduated from San Jose City college with an A.A. Degree, and his Bachelors Degree in Arts and Master Degree in Criminal Justice from San Jose State University, he also studied at Bethany College I, and University of Santa Clara in California. Moe Taught Justice Studies at Pima College for 20 Years. He retired from PCC in 1999, having taught hundreds of students who chose law enforcement and related occupations as their career. Moe also served 27 years with the Arizona Department of Public Safety as a volunteer "Week-end Warrior". Preceded in death by his wife Alice, and son, Aljandro (Hondo) and is survived by his brother, John (Suzanne) Leon, and sister, Lydia (Richard) Daino; six nieces and nephews and a very dear friend companion and caregiver, Carmine. A Graveside In-urnment Service will be Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, 3015 N. Oracle Rd. Arrangements entrusted to ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel (520) 742-7901.

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Published by Arizona Daily Star on Feb. 5, 2014.
Graveside service
Evergreen Cemetery
3015 N. Oracle Rd.
Funeral services provided by:
Adair Funeral Homes - Avalon Chapel
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You believed in me when I needed believing in.
Jeri Ruegsegger
January 30, 2019
Moe you will be missed by everyone. Your smile and kind words will always be with me. Thank you for your dedicated service to your community and the students who you guided in the right direction. Thanks for always taking the time out to listen. Rest in peace my friend.
Rich Law
March 2, 2014
I have known Moses for 54 years. When I first met him I was dating his little sister, let me tell you it was very intimidating. As the years passed we became very close and I was his best man at his wedding. When our Nash Rambler Station Wagon broke down and the engine needed to be rebuilt, Moe was right there and we spend many days in the garage rebuilding the engine. Another time Moe was taking me fishing off half moon bay. As we were driving there I asked what time the boat would leave the dock. It was 10am and Moe said the boat leaves at 10am but do not worry he never leaves on time. Needless to say we never went fishing that day.These are just two of the memories I have of Moses. As the years passes even though I was his Brother-in-Law I thought of Moe as my Brother. Moses was a Kind and Gentle Man and always willing to help someone in need. Moses was not only my friend he was my Brother. This is what Moses wroth in his will,
" I want all who read this to know there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that upon death i will enter Heaven. I will do so not by my own worthiness but only through the merits of Jesus Christ my savior who paid the price for my souls redemption through his death on the cross. For me to live was Christ and to die is gain. I commend my loved ones into the hands of the Lord and encourage them to place there faith and trust in Him alone for their salvation"
Moses you will be missed.
I Love you Moses
Richard Daino
February 17, 2014
My Dearest Moses "Moe" Even though our lives took us in different paths for a few years when we reconnected, it was like we never had been apart we picked up where we had left off. We shared so many good laughs good conversations and we had so many similar tastes. We always enjoyed good food and good music with our conversations. There were times my parents would join us at one of our favorite hang outs like Furr's Cafeteria. Which by the way my mother named it Fooree's and the name stayed. We would spend hours talking to my parents about religion and what ever else would come up in the conversation. Other times we would go to the Sizzler Restaurant where Hondo was a manager. Hondo would great us with a big smile, hug and a kiss for everyone.

I learned so many things from your own personal life experiences that I still apply them in my everyday life now. And even though once again our lives took us in different paths for several years, this time we were not able to pick up were we left off. How ever through out the years I always remembered you and your smile that was contagious. Now my dear friend your in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ and have become on of my guardian angel to watch over me and to give me direction."you always were good at that weren't you?

You will always have a special place in my heart and I will always remember you and miss you.

Concedele Senor, el descanso eterno y que le ilumine tu luz perpetua. Que las almas de los fieles difuntos por la misericordia de Dios descansen en paz. Amen.
Rosie Vega
February 10, 2014
Moses was my Criminal Justice instructor at Pima Community College for two years and even tough I didn't pursue the criminal justice career I still learned a lot from his teachings and his guidance. You will be missed Moses and now you are home in heaven with your wife and your son. Rest in peace.
February 8, 2014
Rest In Peace Moses. You are now home with your son Hondo.
Rosie Vega
February 8, 2014
Moe played a big role in preparing the men and women who entered southern Arizona law enforcement over the past decades. He did it with competency and kindness. His was a life well spent.
Kevin Gilmartin, Ph.D.
February 8, 2014
A wise & caring man who was truly an inspiration to my criminal justice career. I learned so much from him and he won't be soon forgotten. May he rest in peace. Good bless.
Ami D.
February 8, 2014
I met Moe as a student in 1981 in the AJS program at PCC. He was a true man of wisdom, always trying to point students in the right direction. He very much loved teaching and the daily interaction with students and staff. He always had kind words for those around him and expected his students to strive and do their very best. Moe saw a lot that others did not and was instrumental in helping me go to TPD as an intern student. That truly turned the tide and solidified my desire to stay in the AJS program and focus on Law Enforcement as a career. I'm still at it and I thank Moe for his respect, dedication and direction.
"Till we meet again my friend"
Sgt. Andy Lopez
Oro Valley Police Department
Andy 'Hondo' Lopez
February 7, 2014
Mo gave me resource material when I worked alongside him as a "weekend warrior" back in the days. Now that I've been on for 33 years I am thankful for his generosity. He was always a gentleman. Thank you Mr. Leon. God bless the familia. Stevie V.
Stevie V.
February 6, 2014
Kind, Caring and Compassionate are just a few words to describe my Uncle.

We all have challenges in life and Moses was the perfect example of someone who in the face of adversity and some really tough times never turned his back on his faith or asked "why". We hear the word "Prayer Warrior" used a lot these days but Moses really was one. Whenever I spoke with my Uncle Moe on the phone he was always praying for family, friends, others… this was the type of person my Uncle was, a man of faith.

Uncle Moe, you will forever be in our hearts. I will remember the few times I got to talk with you on the phone. I will remember the calmness in your voice that always seemed to make things seem "not so bad", I will remember your words of guidance and encouragement for my family and I will remember how you set an example to say true to yourself and your faith and always be praying!

With all our love,

Rick, Nicole, Antonio, Lorelei and Harrison Daino
Rick & Nicole Daino
February 6, 2014
I first met Moe Leon when I was an adjunct faculty at the Pima Community College West Campus. He was a person of great patience and calm. He loved to tell me about how much he loved his son Hondo and about Moe's music equipment. From his shirt pocket he always had restaurant coupons which he gave to everyone he talked to. He would tell you about a friend of his who called Furr's Cafteria "Fooree's." I say these little things because his conversations were relaxing and very amicable with students and colleagues. My condolences to his family. Vaya con Dios maestro Moses Moe Leon.
Margie Y.
February 5, 2014
I was very happy to have know Mr. Leon, while as a Student Aide at Pima College. Mr. Leon always had time to say "Hi, How are you?" and always with a big smile. My prayers are with his love ones. Frances Marroquin
February 5, 2014
Loved those classes Moses taught. Always informative and caring in their delivery. He was a man who truly loved teaching and passing on his love of Law Enforcement to the next generation. Thanks and God Bless and thanks for setting the path Moses!! Bob Jimenez Sergeant Tucson P.D. (retired)
Bob Jimenez
February 5, 2014
February 5, 2014
I just heard of your passing Uncle. I'm sure my Tia Alicia and cousin Hondo welcomed you home and now you are once again a family. God Bless love Kathleen Bell daughter of Feliza de Dios sister to Alicia Leon
Kathleen Bell
February 5, 2014
I just found out about you passing Uncle.I'm sure my Tia Alicia and cousin Hondo welcomed you and now your are united with your family once Kathleen Bell daughter of Feliza de Dios who is sister to Alicia leon.
Kathleen Bell
February 5, 2014
I had the distinct privilege of knowing Moses on a professional level for many years. He was an amazing man with a huge heart and a never ending smile. He was one of the few truly genuine men I have ever known. He cared deeply for people and was a compassionate humanitarian to the core. I am going to miss him very much. I offer my deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
Brian Hutcheson, DPM
Brian Hutcheson
February 5, 2014
I had known Moses over many years, first as a student in the AJS program at Pima College and then as a colleague when I became a employee. Always a smile and a kind word could be expected from Moses. He will be greatly missed.
Diana Montano
February 5, 2014
Moses was one of my teachers at PCC in 1970 to 72`. I had a lot of respect for this man and he taught me a lot. I ended up with ADOC as a Lieutenant and as complex Commander in Tucson, because he saw the potential and interest I had in Law Enforcement he helped me to excel. Rest in Peace Moe you will be missed!
Harry Shaw
February 5, 2014
Mr. Leon really believed in me, and it turns out, thats what i needed most as a student...I hope you know that he mattered.
February 5, 2014
Mis condolencias a la familia del señor León. Aunque este es un tiempo muy difícil quisiera traerle a la mente las palabras de Hechos 24:15: “Tengo esperanza en cuanto a Dios [...] de que va a haber resurrección así de justos como de injustos.” Que estas palabras le traigan paz interna.
February 5, 2014