Ron Leos, popular Citrus College teacher, dies
#1 Apr 21, 2010
To Rory and Mary-Kate:
Your dad was a wonderful man and my favorite professor at Citrus back in 1998. I loved coming to class to hear the stories he told about you two and the funny things he experienced working as a lawyer. My heart goes out to all of you in this time. He had and still has many fans.
#2 Apr 21, 2010
Mr Leos was such a wonderful man and teacher! My heart is broken. I enjoyed his class so much, it was a bright spot in my day. He was a beautiful human being and he brought any subject to life. I used to laugh so hard at his stories! But, after the laughter died down there were so many things that he said that stayed with me. His words have echoed back to me many times. I am a better person for having known him. He will be missed by so many people. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, may you be comforted in this very sad time.
#3 Apr 21, 2010
While chasing my baseball career up and down the coast of California, I spent a one year stint at Citrus. I look back at the four colleges I went to in my college career, and I can only remember one teacher in that time. That teacher was Mr. Leos.
Every time I see news on the "Night Stalker" I remember the riveting story Mr. Leos told about seeing him (Richard Ramirez) in an LA Court. He (Mr. Leos) said, "I will always know that evil lives on earth after seeing Ramirez. Leos said his hair stood up on his neck and he just heard an erie buzz as the murderer was escorted down the courthouse hall.
Later, after becoming an LA Deputy Sheriff, I came across Ramirez in the downtown Central Jail. The feeling I had was exactly how Mr. Leos described it. I immediately thought of Ron's lecture where he was able to put the feeling eloquently to words and captivate a young room full of students.
Now, a teacher myself, I always wonder if I can tell a story like Mr. Leos. Can I keep kids tuning in class after class. Every time a student tells me that they are going to attend Citrus College after high school, I light up and tell them, "take Leos!" Not knowing wether he still taught at the college.
Long live Mr. Leos, Citrus and the World will have a hard time replacing you!
#4 Apr 21, 2010
I love you Professor Leos. Everyone I talked to today who went to Citrus within the last 30 years knew you and loved you and your class. Everyone is devastated by the news. Future generations will never know what they are missing. You have some big shoes to fill.
#5 Apr 21, 2010
Ron Leos was a great man and his two kids will be and are productive members of society because of the lead he and of course their mom gave them. God bless you, Ron. I will miss your wit and wisdom as will hundreds of your former students!
#6 Apr 22, 2010
He had so much more to pass on!
Family and friends celebrated the life of Claremont resident Ron Leos Thursday during funeral services at St. Dorothy's Catholic Church in Glendora.
Leos died of a heart attack at the Pomona Courthouse April 15. He was 64.
Leos was an attorney and a popular Citrus College government professor.
He taught at Citrus College for nearly four decades, and was described by friends and colleagues as a gifted lecturer who brought his courses to life with humor and incite.
Leos lived much of his life in Glendora, raised his two children Mary-Kate and Rory there, and served on the Glendora School Board in the 1970s.
"He was a great guy," long-time friend and colleague Jerry Newell said. "He was a wonderful, wonderful teacher. He was a fun loving guy. A guy that had a great sense of humor. He was very generous."
Leos is survived by his two children, as well as his brother James and his girlfriend of seven years, Elisabeth Garate.
#7 Apr 24, 2010
I am so sad that I just read this. I would of wanted to go to the service. He was one of my favorites. He used to talk about his daughter all the time. Maybe I reminded him of her. I am Native American, but didn't know that he was. He looked like my uncle. He is a great teacher. Wow, I didn't know that he lived in Azusa too. He will be missed. He inspired me too.
#8 May 10, 2010
Thank you everyone for the outpouring of support and love. Mary Kate is a teacher and I'm a lawyer--we will carry on his legacy.
Thank you all,
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