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Leo Pacquing

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Leo Pacquing

Place of birth: Tuguegaro, Philippines

Religious affiliation: Christian

The Pacquing family immigrated to the U.S. after WWII, and Leo was always so proud of his father, who was honored as a WWII hero with a  Purple Heart.  The family settled in California and worked hard to overcome hardships due to prejudices of that day in addition to arriving in a new country with very little.  Leo grew up with close connections to his older brother and his cousins.  Leo was later proudly called to serve his country as a soldier in the army during the Vietnam War.

Following the war, Leo discovered his “dream job” as a Fish and Game Warden in California’s lower Sierra mountains near Glennville, CA.  Leo was always at home while out in wild nature and loved adventure.  Also, service and protection were always at the core of what Leo felt called to do, so this job became his passion.  During this time, Leo and his previous wife raised a family of four children in the mountains and enjoyed hiking, biking, fishing, camping and anything outdoors.  A big change came though when new supervisors presented challenges that weren’t totally unfamiliar to Leo as the “first brown” Game Warden.  Leo left and continued service in law enforcement as a Department of Motor Vehicles Investigator in Bakersfield, CA for several years until he retired.

Leo described himself as a proud and blessed father.  He taught his children many lessons about life and the great outdoors.  His children could always expect to have a fun adventure with their “daddy-o,” which he liked to be called.  Leo gave his children fond memories of camping and fishing in the mountains, biking in the crisp mountain air, surfing the mesmerizing waves of the ocean and exploring nature and life.

Leo has always loved to make people laugh and see them smile – he would even joke to call him O-Leo!  His friends were so very important to him.  His gentle heart, adventurous spirit and jolly sense of humor flows from his unwavering joy that is at the core of his spirit and grounded in his faith.  This always made it possible for Leo to always find a friend everywhere he went. Leo truly treasured the friendships he made.

Leo was dedicated to the Christian faith and was ecstatic about his relationship with God. People could often hear him proclaiming “PTL-Praise the Lord!”  It was of the utmost importance that he stayed “Christ-Centered,” and he said he felt blessed knowing that his children are “Christ-Centered” as well.

This parting is only temporary, but it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Leo, as his joy, love and beautiful, free spirit touched so many lives.  His legacy will continue on in the stories and memories he gave us as we shared this journey of life.

Funeral Notice Detail

The cherished, fun-loving soul of Leo Pacquing left his body on Monday, November 26, 2018 at his home in Costa Mesa, California. Leo had been battling the troubles of congestive heart failure after experiencing multiple strokes and surgeries. He courageously faced these challenges with strength from his unshakable Christian faith, encouragement from friends and family, and his wonderful sense of humor. He is predeceased by his son, Hayden Pacquing. He is survived by his son, Brandon Pacquing, his daughters, Makali Pelton and Breanne Zirkle, and his brother, Leonard Pacquing.

Leo will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Leo's final wishes were to be laid to rest as a veteran where his parents are also buried.

Funeral services will take place at the following: Riverside National Cemetery 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518 on the day of Monday, December 10, 2018 at 10:00am.

There will be a Celebration of Life Reception to immediately follow the funeral service at a location near Riverside National Cemetery. More details about the Celebration of Life will be available soon.

A Memorial Service will be held at

Riverside National Cemetery

22495 Van Buren Blvd.

Riverside , CA 92518

On: Dec 10, 2018 — At: 10:00 AM

1 Response

  • Nathaniel Runels On

    Leo Calpito Pacquing November 18, 1948 - November 26, 2018 I was blessed by Leo in so many ways. He was someone that exhibited the traits of a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. He wanted his friends and family to truly know the Lord Jesus Christ personally. Leo shared with me some of the mistakes and struggles he had in His life, but was humble and knew that He needed the Lord Jesus to forgive, heal, and cleanse. Leo helped support mission trips I have been on in reaching remote villages in Papua Indonesia with the Gospel and through his prayer and financial stewardship helped bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ into many villages who had not known of the Love of Jesus Christ. Nearly two years ago, I observed Leo sharing his faith In Jesus when He was struggling with his health. Even while struggling to gasp for air he still was able to tell the nurses about his love for Jesus. Leo was such a good example for me to imitate. Leo expressed to me repeatedly that his heart is for his family to trust in Jesus alone. He believed that the Lord could change their heart and forgive their sins as they give up following their own ways and trust completely in Jesus. He really wanted everyone to know Jesus as he himself knows Jesus...One of his favorite songs that he shared with me was the old - Battle Hymn of the Republic: Mine eyes have seen the glory Of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage Where the grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loosed the fateful lightning Of His terrible swift sword; His truth is marching on. I have seen Him in the watchfires Of a hundred circling camps They have builded Him an altar In the evening dews and damps; I can read His righteous sentence By the dim and flaring lamps; His day is marching on. He has sounded forth the trumpet That shall never call retreat; He is sifting out the hearts of men Before His judgement seat; Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him; Be jubilant, my feet; Our God is marching on. In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, With a glory in His bosom That transfigures you and me; As He died to make men holy, Let us die to make men free; While God is marching on. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life - John 3:16. Leo often talked of having a campfire with other brothers and singing kum-ba-yah. I loved His heart to Worship the Lord Jesus.


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