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Leon O'Dell

Posted 2022-05-19 by mhenderson
Published by Today's News Herald from May 18 to May 19, 2022 -
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -

Leon O'Dell peacefully passed away April 3rd 2022. Born in Los Angeles,
Nov. 4, 1936. As a child growing up in Alhambra California, he graduated
from Alhambra High School in 1954. He married his first wife Joann
O'Dell and served in the Navy Reserve for 4 years. He became an
apprentice brick mason at 18 years old. He worked as a brick mason for
40 years. Leon volunteered many hours of work to help build the
Orangewood Little League Park in West Covina. He also coached many
children at the Little League and Pony League.

Leon and his surviving wife Patricia O'Dell were married in 1987 in
Costa Mesa, California. Leon and Patti Lived on a sail boat in Redondo
Beach for 10 years before retiring in 1996. At that time, they picked up
the anchor and sailed for a year around La Paz, Mexico. Sailing was
Leon's passion and they were able to sail to many islands during that

In 1998, they gave up sailing and moved to Lake Havasu City. With his
feet on the ground, he built a beautiful home for him and his wife
Pattie. They still had the traveling bug, so, they purchased a motorhome
and traveled all 50 states for 10 years.

Leon was preceded in death by his parents Horace and Valarie O'Dell, his
first wife Joann O'Dell and his son Jerry O'Dell. He is survived by his
loving wife Patti of 36 years of marriage. His two sisters Marcelle
Scholl and Irene Roberts. Surviving children are Linda Hunt (Chuck),
Michael O'Dell (Nancy), and Jodie Rivas (Robin). Stepchildren are Karen
Davidson (Brad), Kim Byers (Andy), Tom Barnard (Crystal), and Jeff
Barnard. Grandchildren are Christopher, Brian, Andrew, Jeff, Kenny,
Sara, Kevin, Jessica and Angela. Step grandchildren are Tiffany,
Racquel, Tristen, Taylor, Breeana, Justin, Cameron, Benjamin,
Christopher, and 14 great grandchildren.

He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. A celebration of
life will be held sometime in November.

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