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Leonard Elias Shaheen

Leonard Elias Shaheen passed away suddenly on March 6, 2020 at his Chandler, Arizona home at the age of 60.  In his sixty years of life, Leonard was known for many things: being an elite football player and athlete, his love of the outdoors, his work as a National Bank Examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency within the US Treasury Department, being a son and brother, but most of all, he was known as a dedicated and devoted father and husband to his two daughters, Ann and Kate, and his wife, Cynthia.

Leonard was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Tahoe City, California, where at the young age of 15 he met Cynthia.  Leonard and Cynthia graduated from North Tahoe High School and each took their own path at different universities with Leonard continuing to play football as an Offensive Tackle for Fresno State University and eventually graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Idaho.  The pair married in 1980 in Salinas, California and dedicated themselves to making the most out of every opportunity in the life they shared together.

Throughout his life, Leonard had a love for travel, and seeing new places, which was a passion that he and Cynthia shared and imparted on their two daughters.  Although he enjoyed bustling cities, Leonard’s greatest contentment could be found in nature, and he relished trips to the back country and Alaska.

When Leonard and Cynthia moved to Arizona, he became a regular fixture at the Horizon Honors schools in Ahwatukee, with both daughters attending from elementary school through high school graduation, and where Cynthia currently serves as Principal of the Secondary School and Ann is a teacher.  Leonard impacted the lives of countless young people through his volunteer work with the school’s Athletic Department, Theatre Arts program, and each special event that his daughters or wife enlisted his support.  Leonard was a constant part of his daughters’ lives, teaching Kate and Ann that family was everything and that they were always to protect and care for one another, even when at times grumbling in frustration “abu al banat.”  His support showed when he would attend each athletic and academic event possible while his girls were in their school age years and college and most recently supported each in their marriages, Kate to Matt Macer and Ann to Christopher Huber.

At the heart of who he was, Leonard was a family man, always taking every measure to support his wife and daughters and making his love known to them by his actions.  He was often a man of silence, because Leonard believed strength came through action, and his strong work ethic was a clear example seen by all.  Leonard was an old school, no fluff kind of guy with a tough exterior but a tender heart.

Leonard is preceded in death by his father, Reverend Leonard Nicholas Shaheen, and survived by his wife Cynthia Bozarth Shaheen, his daughters Ann Shaheen Huber and Kate Shaheen Macer, his mother Roxanna Beem Shaheen, and his brother and sister Dana Shaheen and Julianna Shaheen Winninghoff.

Leonard has always been a private person and his passing will be commemorated at a private bonfire service for his wife and daughters.  Only prayers are needed, so follow Leonard’s philosophy and spend a little time outdoors, appreciate what nature has to offer and hold your family close.

We love you Son, Bro, Little Lenny, Leonard, Len, Daddy, Dad, Papa, Babba!

28 Comments

  • Earlene Lewis-Bozarth Posted March 9, 2020 12:48 PM

    My prayers are with you and your family. I am so glad Julie and I got to visit with Leonard at the wedding. You are in my thoughts and love to you and yours

  • Davina Baird Posted March 9, 2020 12:58 PM

    Such a wonderful story of a remarkable man. A blessing to all who knew him, his legacy continues on through his family and friends. May you all find peace and comfort in this difficult time. You are in our prayers.

  • Brenda Pieratt Posted March 9, 2020 1:24 PM

    His love was his legacy for you all to embrace and that never ends. May you feel comfort in your faith, family and friends during this painful season of life.

  • Deborah H Trione Posted March 9, 2020 1:41 PM

    Those words were never better said.That was my cousin . I will miss my cousin deeply. My heart goes out to his family. You all are in my heart and thoughts. Sending you all my love and prayers and my deepest sympathy .

  • Jade McCoy Posted March 9, 2020 3:02 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. I know this is a great loss and a shocking loss also, but your faith and love and prayers will help you get though these times. My heart and love go out to all of you

  • Cathy (Hackbarth) Mays Posted March 9, 2020 6:08 PM

    My heart is so sad. I will never forget Leomard playing Staiway to Heaven in high school, it’s still my favorite song and I always picture him playing it whoever I hear it. Cindy, my prayers are with you and your family,

  • Ken and Renee Macer Posted March 9, 2020 7:22 PM

    We are sorry for your loss! Gone too soon. Sending love, prayers, and hugs!

  • Laura Kramme Posted March 9, 2020 7:33 PM

    Such an amazing story and man. I am praying hard for you all. The Emmons clan loves you so much and please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything we can do!

  • Don and Shirley Hale Posted March 9, 2020 8:20 PM

    So shocked and saddened to hear of Little Lenny ‘s passing. Sending lots of hugs to Cindy, Julianna and Dana. So many wonderful memories of our times together.

  • Kristin Neis Posted March 9, 2020 9:13 PM

    What a beautiful life story. May the wonderful memories you all have give you some comfort during this very difficult time you are all in my prayers.

  • Sean Posted March 10, 2020 7:38 AM

    You and I both shared a passion for sport and the outdoors. I always enjoyed our conversations about mountaineering. You will be missed. My love, thoughts, and prayers are with you, your family, and friends.

  • Scott Zdunczyk NBE Posted March 10, 2020 8:28 AM

    We love you Leonard and will always remember your contributions to the team.

  • Elizabeth Dille Posted March 10, 2020 9:23 AM

    Dana, praying for you and your family during this time. Prayers for comfort while you all are sharing beautiful memories of your brother”s life

  • Manny Comendeiro Posted March 10, 2020 9:28 AM

    It is with tears on my eyes that I write this, as Leonard was a great human being and a great frien. We met in Miami, woking together fir the OCC, and in the short time he was there we became good. I called him “the only real cowboy I knew” and he called me “his favorite Cuban” Boy, did he love Cuban coffee!! My prayers are with his family and I will look forward to see hom again one day in heaven.

  • Eric Posted March 10, 2020 10:29 AM

    I had the pleasure of working with Leonard a number of times, and I always appreciated how open he was to sharing his vast knowledge. He always brought a pleasant demeanor and good humor to the office too. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • john brown Posted March 10, 2020 11:18 AM

    Leonard and I worked together many times over the last 20 years and he spoke of his family often and with great love. He was so proud of you all and like sharing the milestones. I will miss him. We never did go on that elk hunt we talked about brother.

  • Janice and Jeff Gleeson Posted March 10, 2020 1:37 PM

    What a remarkable life. Our deepest sympathies go out to all of you May God bless and comfort you during this time of grief.

  • Leslie Chumbley – OCC Posted March 10, 2020 2:35 PM

    It was a pleasure getting to know Leonard on the job. He was dedicated to his work, had a kind and gentle soul, and was an extremely proud father. Heart-felt sympathy goes out to this family and friends.

  • Marlene Mathews Posted March 10, 2020 4:16 PM

    I just learned of Leonard’s passing and am so sorry to get this news. I worked with Leonard at the OCC and had the pleasure of starting the job with him and sharing our 6 month training team experience with Leonard. He was a big guy with a big heart who always treated me with dignity and respect. Leonard was also a gentleman always looking after the 2 women on our little training team. It was obvious to anyone who knew Leonard that he had a deep love for his family. My sincere condolences to them. My prayer is that in time warm memories will bring them comfort.

  • Mary Conti Posted March 10, 2020 5:58 PM

    What an amazing legacy. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Eric and Bridget Meschen Posted March 10, 2020 10:12 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers to you, yours girls and family. I had the pleasure of working with Leonard at the OCC and afterwards while working at NBAZ. Your comments about Leonard being direct and to the point are spot on and that’s what I liked about him. He was also that way when he spoke about his family. Always complimentary and excited to share what his girls were doing and his family’s involvement at Horizon.

  • Erin Masing Posted March 11, 2020 2:24 PM

    I’m so incredibly sorry! There just are no words. I know your family is so close and you all love each other so much. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Sandy & Ernesto Salazar Posted March 11, 2020 3:24 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am thankful that I got to meet Leonard and know he will be dearly missed.

  • Don Townsend Posted March 12, 2020 12:33 AM

    So many accomplishments in life. You will be sorely missed by many little Lenny.

  • Kenny Sherwood Posted March 12, 2020 11:40 AM

    The entire Sherwood family sends their love and condolences.

  • Greg Adam Posted March 12, 2020 5:42 PM

    Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. There are so many students and adults who have been positively impacted through the Shaheen family.

  • Rick Bernal Posted March 14, 2020 9:33 AM

    You are missed Leonard. Thoughts and prayers during a difficult time.

  • Justin DeDera Posted March 18, 2020 3:04 PM

    I worked with Leonard for many years and during some challenging times. Leonard was always the rock that many went to during tough times and he was always up for the challenge. He was a great colleague, friend, and mentor and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. He shared many beautiful stories about his wonderful daughters and wife over the years. Stay strong and my condolences.

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