Leonard H. Brown was born on Jan. 5, 1935, in Arkansas during the Great Depression.
He died on Dec. 25, 2021.
When he was very young his family moved west to California. They settled in Fresno where his father built them a house.
He grew up and eventually graduated from Roosevelt High School. He joined the U.S. Army during the Korean War, probably influenced by his father, who earned a Purple Heart during World War I. After serving his enlistment, Leonard went to Reedley College where he met his future wife, Linda Mariscotti.
They were married and had two little girls. They came to the mountain area for a job in 1963. He was the last teacher to teach at Gertrude School, the one-room school house on Road 600 in Ahwahnee. He was then the first teacher hired at Wasuma school when it opened.
He worked there for nearly 30 years in various roles including as a bus driver, coach, custodian, teacher, principal and eventually as superintendent of the district. After his retirement, he worked for the Mariposa County Unified School District in the district office until his health made such work too much.
Leonard was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Linda.
He leaves behind his three children, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who will sorely miss him.
There is a celebration of life planned on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Wasuma School cafeteria.