We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at National City, California (FD Lic #1689)
Leroy Logan was the proud son of Elmer A Logan and Effie M Lewis (Logan). The Lewis-Logan families have a long lineage with each of the families settling in Kansas as part of the Kansas exodus of the late 1800’s. Leroy was born on January 17th, 1934, in the city of Baldwin. He grew up the youngest of twelve children. There are many stories of young Leroy being a mischievous youth getting into all sorts of trouble on the farm that his parents owned at the time. He attended school in Lawrence Kansas, receiving exceptionally good marks throughout his education and was highly active in athletics and other clubs. After spending the early portion of his life with family in Lawrence he enlisted in the United States Navy in March of 1955. His first training station was the San Diego Naval Training Center. It was there that he met his wife, Macie and they married in 1958 and started a family, raising four children, Denise, Gretchen, Cedric, and Cherryl. During his service and time of deployment the family lived in several California cities including Alameda, San Pedro, and San Diego. Leroy’s Navy career spanned 20 years. Most of this time was spent serving as a Signalman aboard numerous ships including the USS Princeton, USS Esteem, USS Reaper, and the USS Juneau, with Leroy reaching a rank of Signalman First Class. During this time Leroy was responsible for ship-to-ship communication via the visual transmission systems of flag semaphore, visual Morse code, and flag hoist signaling. While enlisted in the Navy, he went on numerous Westpac deployments, and participated in various conflicts including the Vietnam war. SM1 Logan was honorably discharged in 1975 while stationed in San Diego where he bought a home and lived for the remainder of his life. Upon retirement, Leroy remained active serving as a government employee for 10 years, bringing his total years of service to his country to 30 years. Leroy also continued his education by taking classes at San Diego City where he earned his Associates Degree. Never one to stay still for long, he also continued working after retirement and became an active member of the church which he continued to enjoy until his final days. He loved watching sports, tinkering with cars, working around his home, and was an avid bowler on many teams consisting of family and friends. He was a husband, father, proud grandfather, and great-grandfather. One of his greatest joys later in life was attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and other school functions and often was seen wearing clothing supporting the various sports teams and colleges with which they were associated. All that knew him loved him and respected him.
Preceding him in death was his loving wife of 57 years, Macie, who passed away in 2015 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Also, preceding him in death were his parents, Elmer, and Effie and eleven siblings, Ernest, Walter, Russell, Margaret, Pearl, Natalie, Robert, Sam, Arthur, Ruby, and Catherine. He leaves a loving family to cherish his memory including four children, Denise, Gretchen, Cedric (wife Kate) and Cherryl (husband Rick), adopted daughter Silvia (husband Al), eight grandchildren, Michael (wife Valerie), Anthony (wife Aysha), Jasmine, Avery, Cade, Selina, Kacey and Corrina, and five great-grandchildren, Deina, Mia, Alannah, Michael Jr. and Angelo along with a large number of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held in the North Park Apostolic Church, Lemon Grove, CA on Saturday, June 11, 2022, by pastor Mark Garcia. Memorials may be made in the name of Leroy Logan to the American Cancer Society, Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation (VFW), North Park Apostolic Church, or the charity of one’s choice.