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Rudy Vincent De Leon I

March 31, 1924 - October 19, 2009

Rudolph Vincent De Leon I, 85 died peacefully in his sleep on October 19, 2009. He is preceded in death by Helen, his beloved wife of 59 years. Rudy was a lifetime resident of Los Angeles with an accomplished career in law enforcement and teaching. During the course of his 31 year LAPD career, one of Rudy’s many …read more

Rudolph Vincent De Leon I, 85 died peacefully in his sleep on October 19, 2009. He is preceded in death by Helen, his beloved wife of 59 years. Rudy was a lifetime resident of Los Angeles with an accomplished career in law enforcement and teaching. During the course of his 31 year LAPD career, one of Rudy’s many accomplishments was the distinction of being the first Mexican American to be promoted to the rank of Captain. In this capacity he served the East Los Angeles community where he will be fondly remembered as one of the founding members of the Hollenbeck Youth Center. After retiring from the police department in 1978, Rudy’s subsequent careers included Boxing Commissioner and State Parole Board member, Assistant to the State Attorney General and Sheriff Ombudsmen for the County of Los Angeles. Rudy had a passion for boxing, college football, and marathon running. He was an avid Trojan fan who faithfully attended games his entire life. Always physically fit and active, Rudy ran a total of 81 marathons and completed his final marathon at the young age of 77 years. Rudy is survived by siblings, Jesse, Gloria, and Manual. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lillian Banks. Rudy is also survived by four children and their spouses, Cynthia Stansbury and her husband, Bill; Rudolph De Leon II and his wife, Maria; Steven De Leon and Regina De Leon. Additionally he leaves behind nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren who will sincerely miss their “G-man”. Services will be held on Sunday and Monday. There will be a viewing at A.M. Gamby Funeral Home in Lomita from 1:00-5:00pm on Sunday, October 25, 2009. On Monday, October 26, 2009, a memorial and funeral mass will be held at Saint Margaret Mary church in Lomita at 10:00am. Memorial contributions may be made to the Los Angeles Police Historical Society, the LAPD Memorial Fund or the Los Angeles Police Equestrian Fund.

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