Leopoldo Leo Salcedo
October 29, 1944 – April 19, 2021
Leo was born in Mascota, Jalisco, Mexico and was called home to meet with the Lord on April 19, 2021. At the age of 76, he leaves behind his devoted wife of 51 years, Maria Socorro Salcedo, his three loving sons, Richard Salcedo (Fern), Albert Salcedo, and Alex Salcedo (Debbie), his siblings Alicia Salcedo, Beatrice Salerno, Gilbert and Rebecca Pizano, Susana Peterson, and Yolanda Souza. In addition, he also leaves behind his grandchildren, Matthew Salcedo (Richard Salcedo’s Son), Aiden, Jackson, and Gracelyn Salcedo (Alex and Debbie Salcedo’s Children), Joseph Truett, Elizabeth Fairess, Monique Rodriquez and Natalia Salcedo (Albert Salcedo’s Children), and a great grandchild.
He is preceded in death by his son, Steven Salcedo, his mother, Esperanza Pizano, and his step-father, Luis Pizano.
At a young age, Leo lived in Mexico for about five years, until his family decided to immigrate to the United States in 1949. In 1964, he joined the army and served in South Korea. Once he completed his tour of duty, he lived in Oakland, where he met the love of his life, Maria Lopez, in 1968. After being married for 3 years, they moved to Newman and then settled in Turlock for 25 years. After retirement, they moved into their forever home in Chowchilla.
Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with cancer in 2019 and moved back to Turlock to be closer to his family. During his treatment, he fought hard, but eventually succumbed to his illness surrounded by his wife and children.
During his time in the Army, he became a E-5 Sergeant, receiving many commendations and recognition awards. When others were taking smoke breaks, Leo could be found in the shooting range honing his skills. This was time well spent because he was awarded the expert marksman commendation.
Leo also worked at Proctor and Gamble for 30 years. He was a hardworking man providing for his family to live the American dream. Leo worked in the Electrical and Instrumentation Department, supporting production lines and continuous improvement upgrade projects. During this time, he encouraged learning to his sons by bringing home computer systems from the industrial environment and setting them up in his shop.
Leo was an avid technology buff. He was always bringing home computer systems and the newest gaming stations. Leo was a jack of all trades with woodworking, electrical, and home and garden. He even built additions to his home to accommodate his growing family.
His hobbies included golf, going to Giants’ games, watching football, and completing projects around the house. Most of all, he enjoyed being a patriot to his country and advocate for freedom and liberty.
Viewing at Allen Mortuary on Monday, April 26, 2021 at 5pm. Recitation of the Rosary will also be at Allen Mortuary Monday, April 26, 2021 at 6pm.
Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church in Turlock on Tuesday, April 27th at 12pm with a graveside to follow at Turlock Memorial Park.