DEL NORTE—Leonard Griego, 85, passed away October 14, 2013 in Buena Vista, Colorado. Leonard was born August 18,1928 in Del Norte. He was an adventurous spirit who traveled all over the world… from the South Pacific where he served in the Navy and witnessed several atomic test blasts to backpacking in the Grand Canyon with his family and scout troop to skiing in the Canadian Rockies to strolling the avenues of cities all over Europe. Through it all, Leonard’s sense of adventure was never quenched. He spent 7 years building his own 3 foot steel sailboat, the “Eagle’s Gift,” and lived aboard it in the San Diego harbor.
After his service in the military, Leonard earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Adams State College and was a high school counselor in San Diego and New Mexico for more than thirty years. He love working with young people and led groups of adolescents backpacking all over the western United States as well as on tours of Europe.
He inspired people of all ages to pursue their dreams and his fondness for storytelling and philosophical nature amused, delighted and sometimes puzzled his listeners. Leonard was an amazing gardener who took great delight in making plants grow and thrive for their beauty and for their bounty. He also enjoyed writing and was the author of several novels and books of poetry.
Leonard grew up in a large family in the San Luis Valley. He is preceded in death by his brother Charlie and his sister Beatrice and is survived by his sisters and brothers Marcella, Max, Della, Dale and Lawrence. Above all, Leonard was a beloved husband to his longtime partner and wife, Sylvia; and was a father loved by his five children Andy, Tony, Jackie, Vanessa and Gabriel as well as by his seven grandchildren and three great
grandchildren. Online condolences may be offered at lewisandglenn.com In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations are being accepted, in memory of Leonard, at Living Waters Hospice of Buena Vista, Colorado or to the local charity of your choice. At Leonard’s request, no services are planned. Arrangements were with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home.For the complete article see the 10-24-2013 issue.