Leonard John Muggee


Nov. 20, 1935 – Aug. 10, 2020

Born Nov. 20, 1935, in Los Angeles, Calif.,

Leonard lived in Eagle Rock, a suburb of Los

Angeles, until he left home to go to school at Cal

Poly San Luis Obispo. He studied Landscape

Architecture until the Army called him to serve

in the Korean War in 1954. Since he had a year

of college, he was sent to work in the accounting

office in the South Pacific. He enjoyed many

adventures away from home as a young man in the

South Pacific and learned that he was a very good

accountant. When he returned to the United States

in 1956, Leonard stayed a little closer to home and

studied accounting at USC. For the rest of his life

he would follow the USC Trojans, rarely missing

a game. He especially enjoyed going to their

Homecoming Game almost every year with some

of this old college pals.

In 1960, he married Lydia Ansisna from his home town – practically the girl next

door. He and Lydia had two children, Lorraine Jean and George Fred. Leonard worked

many years as a CPA for Texaco and Standard Oil. They lived in La Crescenta and La

Canada, Calif. Everyone remembers the wonderful camping trips up to Mineral King

and Huntington Lake in California and the many fishing, boating and water skiing

adventures. Leonard and Lydia were among the original “flippers” purchasing “fixer

upper homes.” His children, Lorraine and George, remember there were always home

improvement projects to keep them busy. Lydia and Leonard divorced in 1979.

In 1982 Leonard married Sondra Platte, also of Los Angeles. They divorced in 1984

but remained partners and friends for the rest of his life. They also enjoyed many fishing

and camping trips both locally and in Wyoming. Leonard’s oil company years had given

him the opportunity to visit Pinedale, often. That area always stayed in his heart as

Paradise on Earth! When daughter Lori and her family decided to move to Laramie, in

2001, Leonard and Sondra were not far behind. They bought a vacation home in Big

Piney in 2001 and owned it for the rest of Leonard’s life. That was always Leonard’s

“happy place.” He took great pride in tending to his lush and beautiful yard. Often his

flowers both delphiniums and columbines took prizes at the local county fair.

All the while Leonard maintained a residence in South Pasadena for 36-plus years

and a successful CPA practice in Pasadena, Calif. – working up to July 15, 2020! Many

of his clients had been with him more than 40 years. He loved them all and considered

them his family. His work brought him great joy!

Leonard enjoyed all the visits by his daughter and grandchildren – Gwen, Garrett

and Grace Kirk, as well as his son-in-law, Garth Kirk. Most Father’s Days his daughter,

Lori, would bring flats of plants from the Laramie Garden Club and plant these mystery

flowers in the numerous planters around his Big Piney yard. It was always exciting to

see what would soon bloom!

Leonard loved to fish and took delight in teaching his grandchildren how to fish and

showing them his favorite, secret spots!

“God grant that I may fish until my dying day. And when it comes to my last cast, I

then most humbly pray, ‘When in God’s safe landing net, I am peacefully asleep, that in

His mercy I be judged as good enough to keep.”’

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