Leo T. Abeyta: November 26, 1932 – November 21, 2012
Leo Tony Abeyta of Covington, Washington passed away the morning of November 21, 2012, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Denver, Colorado on November 26, 1932 to Joe and Elsie Abeyta. Leo served in the Air Force during the Korean War, before he fell in love and married Patricia in 1958. Together, they raised eight children.
The first years of their marriage were spent in southern California, where five of the children were born and raised. The family also lived in Denver in the 1970s, before later settling in Covington, Washington, where Leo worked at Boeing until his retirement.
Some of Leo's favorite memories included joining his family after working second shift and jamming everyone in the station wagon for picnics at the beach, traveling to London to visit son Mike when he was stationed there (he loved Wales), visiting Hawaii, a trip down the Mississippi River on a steamboat with his family and relaxing on the Washington Coast.
Leo will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, and as someone who was always there for his family, no matter what. He will also be remembered for his humor, heart and dedication to his family.
Leo is survived by his eight children: Victoria Thomas and Tito of Pismo Beach, CA; Vivienne McCormick and husband Terry of Fountain Valley, CA; Eileen Varela of Kent, WA; Michael Abeyta and wife Ginney of Las Vegas, NV; Valerie Martin and husband Craig of Vancouver, WA; Leo M.J. Abeyta and his wife Lynn of Kent, WA; Timothy Abeyta and Linda of Auburn, WA; and Kristine Gould of Covington, WA; as well as 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his sister Isabel Briner of Nyssa, OR; Joe Abeyta and wife Alisha of San Gabriel, CA; Lorraine Kelly and husband Bob of Encampment, WY; and Irene Ellis of Casper, WY.
The funeral will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Covington, WA on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12:00pm. A celebration of life will follow at Lake Wilderness Lodge from 1:30pm-3:30pm
Special thanks to Evergreen Rehab and Healthcare for their compassionate care.