Jack Earl Leach

Jack Earl Leach

April 14, 1934 - December 04, 2018
Lake Forest CA

Jack Earl Leach

April 14, 1934 - December 04, 2018
Lake Forest CA


On the evening of December 4, 2018, Jack Earl Leach, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away at the age of 84 in Lake Forest, California.

Jack was born on April 14, 1934, in Kansas City, Missouri, to John and Margorie (White) Leach. After moving to California and finishing high school, he joined the Air Force and was stationed in the U.S. He proudly served for two years, becoming a 2nd Lieutenant with hours logged flying B-25s. He was honorably discharged in October 1954. He and his first wife, Gloria (Crandall) Leach, had two daughters, Tracey Ann and Christy Rae, and a son, John Curtis. He married Susan (Miller) Leach in 1986.

Jack had an entrepreneurial spirit and never showed fear at a new prospect. He was ambitious and hardworking, with an “I can make it happen” attitude. Jack was a talented salesman, taking his craft into various fields throughout his life. He would excel, rising to meet each new challenge, and repeatedly won awards and earned recognition from his employers for his quick adaptation to each new field.

Jack, though successful, always wanted more. He would often take his efforts to the next level by starting his own company. Early on, Jack started with an insurance agency, and then moved on to owning and operating his own driving school based in the South Bay, where he employed several instructors and used company-owned vehicles.

Jack’s most satisfying endeavor, though, was in real estate. He ultimately became a licensed real estate broker and general contractor, opening his own firm and employing upwards of 30 agents who worked out of two South Bay locations. Jack utilized his contractor’s license, along with the success of his real estate sales, to develop several South Bay residential and commercial properties that were brought to market.

Throughout his early years, Jack devoted much of his recreational time to coaching Little League and American Legion Baseball in the spring and Pop Warner Football in the summer and fall. Later, he enjoyed traveling with his wife Susan, and he loved to fly so much that he attained his pilot’s license as a civilian. Many family gatherings were held at Jack and Sue’s home over the years and it was there that the younger generations got to know their grandfather and great grandfather.

Jack is survived by his wife of 32 years, Susan; his son, John Leach and his wife, Kerry; his daughters, Tracey Riel and her husband, Kenneth, and Christy Rodriguez; his first wife, Gloria Leach; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Margorie Leach, and his sisters, Gail Fleming and Margorie Leach.

Services are to be held on Saturday January 19, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Ascension Cemetery located at 24754 Trabuco Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630, phone: (949) 837-1331, south side of the “Guardian Angel Mausoleum.”

Services will be followed by a brief luncheon at the home of Susan Leach,
22535 Aspan Street, Lake Forest, CA 92630.
For more information contact John at (310) 713-5616


Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: January 19, 2019 (11:00 AM)
  • Venue: Ascension Cemetery
  • Location: 24754 Trabuco Road Lake Forest, CA 92630 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 837-1331

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11 responses to Jack Earl Leach


    Seeing Jack’s picture here made me think back to when I first met him and the countless good times we had together since then. I will always remember his humor, self-confidence and generosity. I am thankful that I got to know him for so many years.

    Miss you buddy – Here’s to you!

  2. Sorry to hear about Jack, Susan. Pam told me earlier, and I will be praying for your smooth transition this next year. God Bless you and family: and God rest his soul. Mary Jeanne

  3. Diane Fiello says:

    Jack was always so much fun. I remember him playing horseshoes at the Fourth of July Picnic. I also remember he displaced Larry as the champion of the chili contest! Rest in peace, my friend.

  4. Joshua Durow says:

    Of all the things that I remember about Uncle Jack, his teaching me to play chess was probably the most memorable. He took the time to sit with a 9-10 year old boy, who only liked the game because he thought the pieces looked cool, to teach him the “Game of Kings.” Over the next many years, he taught me opening moves, strategy, sacrifice, and how to lose. There are times where I remember him saying, “You sure you want to do that?” I’d say yes, and he’d take my knight or queen. I honestly don’t believe I won a single game until I was 13 or 14,I think we wrote it on the calendar! I am going to miss being able to play chess with him. However, he not only taught me, but my brothers as well. So now, every time we play chess, I will remember him. Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

  5. Dolores says:

    Jack it was a pleasure being a part of your family. You and Susan were so supportive all the time especially during the loss of Daniel. I couldn’t have made it without the love and support of all my Family members. Thanks for the great travel memories such as the road trips, going to Hawaii and the helicopter ride from Catalina which was scary and fun at the same time. It has been a Blessings to have known you and I will someday see you again in Heaven.

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