ForeverMissed
  • Created in memory of Leonard E. Espinosa.  
  • Loving father, son, brother, uncle and friend.  
  • Beloved member of the Southwest Airlines Family for 26 years.
Today is the first anniversary of the loss of our good friend and family member Leonard.  We are making these memories of Leonard public today, even though it is not quite finished, in the hope it will help keep his memory alive and allow those who want to share the opportunity to do so, especially today. 

Feel free to allow yourself to laugh, to cry and to even be angry with Leonard.  We just ask that if you leave any messages or stories, that you do it in a respectful manner. 

Be sure to have your volume on and visit the Life, Gallery (includes videos), and Stories here on Leonard's website.  Parts are still under construction, but we hope to have completed soon.  If you have something you would like to add to those specific areas, please e-mail leonardslegacy@gmail.com

Thank you all for being an important part of Leonard's life!!

Posted by Gina Miller on May 12, 2021
Happy Heavenly Birthday My Friend, sorry this is a little late but I couldn't get in here on your actual Birthday, still playing tricks on me huh. That was one of the things that you were best at..lol
You are still missed by everyone who loved you..
So here's to you Buddy Happy 57th ️
Posted by Darlene Baca on May 10, 2021
Happy 57th Birthday my brother Leonard I know your Home with all those we love and you do love us. You are a fantastic brother and my friend. I’m so blessed to have grown up with a brother that always treated me with so much love and caring and respect!! People sometimes thought You were my big brother I am so proud of you for going back to college University of Phoenix and getting your degree in Computer Science Even while working full time and overtime to support you family. I Thank God for You and we have a lot to catch up on when I see You!! I Love You Always My Brother You Sister Dar
Posted by Andrew Sandoval on November 17, 2020
Leonard was my neighborhood childhood friend. He had such a wonderful personality at such a very young age. I was very shy as a kid and Leonard really helped me get through that. I always admired his enthusiasm and great spirit. We had such a great time riding bikes and pushing each other on his home made go chart from which I still have a scar on my forearm from getting burned from the wheel. Leonard knew and spoke with everyone in the neighborhood. At the time I was so amazed how easy he would talk to anyone including girls which I was so afraid of at the time. It is said that we are products of our environments. Leonard had a very big impact on the development of my personality.  I will always have such deep and fond memories of him. Sincerely you friend always Leonard, Andy
Posted by Debbie McBride on May 10, 2020
Lighting a candle for
Leonard's 56th birthday.
Happy Birthday My Friend
Posted by Gina Miller on March 4, 2020
I have just recently found out of the passing of my friend Leonard. I knew Leonard in middle school and High School,and he was a good friend. He was kind, funny, honest, and always sincere. I talk to your Sister now...so I know how much you are really missed. Your at peace now and know your an Angel Heaven needed.
Your are missed but never forgotten my Friend.My Deepest Condolences to your Family and Friends..
RIP Leonard ✝️
Posted by John Lopez on November 6, 2019
Walking around UNM hospital. I keep seeing Guys that look like you Leonard then I realize that today 1 year ago You left us you left a void in our hearts. Every time I hear the term "Hey Mano " or "Gold Plated " or "Fine Fine Fine" I will think of you. You weren't perfect but things were never out of meanness You were a much better person than me. You didn't have a great upbringing but you weren't bitter you were always kind. I think of you and Remember a line from a Song Vincent "For they could not love you
But still your love was true
And when no hope was left in sight
On that starry, starry night
You took your life, as others often do
But I could have told you, Vincent
This world was never meant for one
As beautiful as you"
This world was never meant for someone as kind as you Leonard. Pray for me Mano & your family.
https://youtu.be/oxHnRfhDmrk
Posted by Vivian Padilla on November 6, 2019
Leonard came into our lives in 1988 when him and Tammi were at TVI. They dated and fell in love , they were married June 16, 1990, that was a good day. two years later their little girl Danielle was born and they fell in love again with the most precious gift from God. They were happy for the most part, Leonard lost his grandpa Catalino , I don't think he ever got over that, his grandpa was a very important part of his and his sisters life. I'm sorry all my thoughts about our life with Leonard are too numerous. when him and Tammi were divorced we never turned our backs on him or ever closed our doors to him, we were connected forever, and I will end with that , we Love and miss you Leonard , go to Jesus Leonard and ask him to calm our fears and heal our pain.
Posted by Richard Baca on September 9, 2019
Hermano miss you more than you will ever know. Tears are running as I am trying to find the words . I am soooo happy that you are free from the chains that held you back for soooo long. Can't wait to see you smile again when are together in heaven . Your sister Darlene misses you so much it hurts to see her so sad as do Dominic and Annamarie and Francisca . Your best friend Lawrence misses you too very much . We Love you Leonard and can't wait too see you again in paradise .
Posted by Account Administrator on September 1, 2019
I’m going to start with my friend, Jo Ann. I grew up with Jo Ann . We went to school together since we were in First Grade, until Junior High. We were always together......................She was My Friend, My Sister. 

Mom always called us the Black Widows. We were always wearing black and in trouble. I was with Jo Ann when she had Darlene and Leonard. They were beautiful kids. They were like my own kids. I saw them grow up. They would play with my kids, Arthur and Monica. A lot of times they would get in trouble. My Little Brats. 

Darlene grew up to be such a beautiful young lady and a great mother.

Leonard a great young man, had a lot of beautiful dreams, which he was able to accomplish some. He would come and see me when he could. He was one of my kids. He would tell me his dreams. I would tell him to follow his dreams no matter what.

My heart broke when I lost him and his mom. Now I cry for My Hito and My Sister. They knew how much I loved them, but I know he is at rest now and with his mother.

Love You Always,
Your Second Mom, Corine   
Posted by Francisca Saiz on June 25, 2019
I think every day it will get easier but the void in my heart goes deep. I wouldn't be where I am today without you Nino. You loved me unconditionally and always believed in me. Mom and dad would tease me and say they had to call "God" (you) if I wasnt acting right and that was all it took! I miss your crazy stories that would have us laughing till our bellies hurt! And how you would take off your glasses and rub your entire face and that's when I knew I was in trouble! Or how you would just call some mornings to say I love you and to have a good day. I would do anything to have one more second with you, but I know in my heart you aren't suffering anymore and that every day every where you are with me. I love you Nino
Posted by Josephine Leyba on June 24, 2019
Leonard was our first nephew in the Espinoza family. Leonard called me every year without fail to wish me a Happy Birthday. This year, 2019, I did not get his call but I was blessed to have Leonard in my life.
Posted by Account Administrator on May 22, 2019
You will be greatly missed my friend. It was my pleasure to know such a great man. Sleep with Angels. Until we meet again.
~ Daniel Gonzales, Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 12, 2019
  From the Albuquerque Journal On-Line Guest Book
Posted by Account Administrator on May 22, 2019
I miss our camping trip, fishing and late night runs to eat.
~ Chris Venegas, Albuquerque, New Mexico. May 14, 2019
  From the Albuquerque Journal On-Line Guest Book
Posted by Account Administrator on May 22, 2019
So sorry to hear of Leonard's passing.
I want to offer our sincere condolences. Our thoughts are with you at this time of your loss.
Psalm 116:15 says “Precious in the eyes of Jehovah is the death of his loyal ones”.
The Bible provides information found nowhere else, which can bring immeasurable comfort to those who grieve. You might find the Bible to be the best help as you grieve the loss of your loved one.
The God of all Comfort can use his great power to comfort us, and he is also sad when someone dies.   It was never his purpose that we should have to experience death and all the pain it causes for loved ones.
He will do something to remove all this pain, suffering, and death as well. Revelation 21:3-5 promises that, this from the God who cannot lie. John 5:28,29  Psalm 94:18,19
I found the article "Help for those who grieve" published in “Awake” to be very helpful

You can view and download it free at www.jw.org
Just select Search on the top search bar and enter
“Help for Those Who Grieve"
Sincere condolence.
Chuck Wiley (via leonardslegacy@gmail.com)
Posted by Account Administrator on May 22, 2019
I miss Leonard, my brother-in-law, and I know his niece, Sierra and nephews, Chris & Gabriel miss him as well. His analytical way of thinking and his sense of humor were unique to Leonard that would usual get a loving giggle from me. I miss the weekend drives with the family; just to get a meal out of town was always an adventure. It was nice that God lent you to us. RIP Leonard.
~ Tanya Venegas, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, May 14, 2019
  From the Albuquerque Journal On-Line Guest Book
Posted by Account Administrator on May 22, 2019
Lighting a candle for Leonard's birthday, 5/10.
~ Tanya Venegas, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
   From the Albuquerque Journal On-Line Guest Book

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Posted by Gina Miller on May 12, 2021
Happy Heavenly Birthday My Friend, sorry this is a little late but I couldn't get in here on your actual Birthday, still playing tricks on me huh. That was one of the things that you were best at..lol
You are still missed by everyone who loved you..
So here's to you Buddy Happy 57th ️
Posted by Darlene Baca on May 10, 2021
Happy 57th Birthday my brother Leonard I know your Home with all those we love and you do love us. You are a fantastic brother and my friend. I’m so blessed to have grown up with a brother that always treated me with so much love and caring and respect!! People sometimes thought You were my big brother I am so proud of you for going back to college University of Phoenix and getting your degree in Computer Science Even while working full time and overtime to support you family. I Thank God for You and we have a lot to catch up on when I see You!! I Love You Always My Brother You Sister Dar
Posted by Andrew Sandoval on November 17, 2020
Leonard was my neighborhood childhood friend. He had such a wonderful personality at such a very young age. I was very shy as a kid and Leonard really helped me get through that. I always admired his enthusiasm and great spirit. We had such a great time riding bikes and pushing each other on his home made go chart from which I still have a scar on my forearm from getting burned from the wheel. Leonard knew and spoke with everyone in the neighborhood. At the time I was so amazed how easy he would talk to anyone including girls which I was so afraid of at the time. It is said that we are products of our environments. Leonard had a very big impact on the development of my personality.  I will always have such deep and fond memories of him. Sincerely you friend always Leonard, Andy
his Life

So Much More To Leonards Life



HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY                  LEONARD!!

In the Beginning. The Sweet and the Innocent Leonard

STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Leonard the Family Man

Danielle, Joshua and Jocelyn



 STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Recent stories

He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother

Shared by Account Administrator on June 9, 2019

My Brother, Leonard Edward Eugene Espinosa you are free and home!!   You touched so many peoples lives in a positive way.  Everyone you met became a friend.  You were such a people person.  I am so proud to say that for years I was known as Leonard's sister!  My little brother, you were also my friend.  I loved you unconditionally and we all thank God for you.  You were a Blessing and a Gift!

You were a jokester and your Southwest Airlines family of 26 years have so many "Leonard" stories to tell.  You loved them and they loved you!!

You were a loving brother, son, nino, uncle and great father to Danielle, Joshua and Jocelyn.  They have always been your world.  You were a kind gentle loving Godly man who would pray and show God's love to those you saw that needed a friendly moment.  

Your wish for when you retired was to go fly fishing and finally buy a boat.  Now you can in Heaven with no more pain, tears or fears.  Jesus released you home, where all you are waiting for is for all of us that love and miss you to join you.  This is not goodbye, but till we meet again on God's time in Heaven.

You were the Best brother in the world!!  You loved the Bible verse Isaiah 41:10 and 13

"So do not fear for I am with you.  Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will uphold you with my righteous hand."

"For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear, I will help you."

Whenever I hear Janet Jackson's song, "Together Again, it reminds me of you.

Everywhere I go

Every smile I see

I know you are there

Smiling back at me.

Dancing in the moonlight

I know you are free

Cuz I see your star

Shining down on me!

I know we will be together again, all of us; you, me, mom and dad and our own beautiful families and their families.  As I write this, I have had to have a few hard crying meltdowns and talk to God and ask, "Why?"  Trying to find a closure to my thoughts is so hard, it is like I am saying "Goodbye Forever."  I still don't sleep through the night and all day my mind wanders to the day before and the day of, that you left us.  At night I pray and try hard to push it all away.  I am sure you and Jesus have sent me many messages and signs that you are at peace, but my head and my heart are at odds with one another, so much that I think that I have missed those signs.  

I am here my dear brother.  You ain't heavy you are my brother!!

Written By Darlene Baca

I Remember You

Shared by Debbie McBride on June 24, 2019

Leonard, why did you go My Friend?  I didn't get to say "Goodbye."  This isn’t the Leonard that I knew.  What about Danielle, Joshua, Jocelyn and Darlene and her family?  Sometimes I get so damn mad at you thinking of what this has done to your children and family; and to your friends and to those at Southwest. Why Leonard would you do this to them and to yourself?!

I know that that this is between you and God. You are the only two who know “Why.”  Those you left behind will always wonder and can only speculate but will never know what it was that made you make that decision.

You must have been in so much pain, to do what you did, knowing that it would affect so many that you left behind.

In my mind, you will always have that smile on your face and that joke ready to tell. I remember how much you talked about Danielle and your family. I remember how much you loved having more children, Joshua and Jocelyn. Anyone who knew you, knows your children were your world and you would do anything and everything for them!!  You were so very proud of them and it truly showed.

I remember our special friendship and working alongside of you at Southwest. Always laughing until my stomach hurt.  I remember the friendships you shared with other agents.  Especially with Jim.  You two were two peas in a pod. I remember your friendship with Tony and how he would tease us about WOP (Our own private joke)  I remember us rushing to get green chili enchiladas on our 30-minute break, always cutting it so close. Yet, you always remembered to call our order in ahead of time, so we could eat there and take a few minutes to catch up. I remember the accident we witnessed on one of those lunches and how we helped the injured girl until help arrived.

  • I remember Eddie Money
  • I remember Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
  • I remember Coronas, Margaritas and the Stars
  • I remember Sneaking Food into the Movies
  • I remember Our First Game of Pool
  • I remember Good Friday both the Good and the Bad
  • I remember Fireworks at the Park with Your Family
  • I remember Runs between Your House and Darlene’s
  • I remember Irish Night Downtown and the Roasted Corn
  • I remember San Diego Weekend
  • I remember Our Version of the Titanic
  • I remember Sand Bottle with Seashells
  • I remember How Important your Faith was to You
  • I remember Danielle and My Girls putting on a Show for Us in the Back Yard
  • I remember Family Picnic up in Jemez
  • I remember Your Jokes (Funny or Not)
  • I remember Painting the House to Your High Expectations
  • I remember the Wardrobe Change
  • I remember the SWA Christmas Party and What You Shared With Me
  • I remember Napkins on The Windshield
  • I remember Your Desire to Graduate College and You Did It!!!
  • I remember So Many Other Things but Most Importantly.....................................  I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR SMILE!!!

Leonard I will never forget you. You showed me what it was to have fun again. You taught me back then who my friends really were and who I needed to be careful of. This lesson has stuck with me to this day.

You and I went our separate ways years ago but remained friends.  You met my wonderful husband Dave and knew we were good together.  You assured me you were happy.  I know how much being a father meant to you. Everything you did, was to better Danielle, Joshua and Jocelyn’s lives. 

There is no one to blame for your decision, it was yours and only yours to make. You must have felt, for whatever reason, that it was the only way. I am sorry you felt so lonely and that you had no other choice.  I wish you would have reached out.

I know that you are missed tremendously by your family and friends!! I know you have left a lot of unanswered questions and I know people are hurt, angry and confused. The grieving process takes all forms.  I also know that you are still there and that you are still part of everyone’s life. They just need to be still, and they will be able to feel your presence and see the signs.

I miss you my friend. God's Speed and until we meet again, I will continue to pray for you, your family and your friends. LEONARD I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU!