He was a longtime resident of Pacific Beach.
When he first arrived in San Diego in the 1970s, he was a regular at Santa Rita Beach. Later, much later, he settled down to the business of real-estate appraisal. He could still be found at Hennessy’s and Nicks, as time allowed. He had many friends and considered Pacific Beach home.
The last three years of his life were spent in Dallas. It was there he married his longtime friend and companion, Melanie. He loved life, laughing, poker with friends, golf, Tombstone and hanging out.
He is survived by his wife, Melanie Leonard, of Denver; brothers Mark Leonard and Kerry Leonard of Dallas; and sister, Laurie Leonard of Pacific Beach. His ashes will be interred at Fort Rosecrans in late April or early May.
To those of you that knew him, toast him next time you are out. To those of you who didn’t know him, you missed out on some great times. I love you, Jim. You were a good big brother and I will miss you.