John Leos comes from a long line of proud Anaheim residents -- in fact stretching across five generations and nearly a century when his great-grandparents first made their way from Aguascalientes in the heart of Mexico. The couple produced two World War II Army veterans, ten Anaheim High School graduates, and even a daughter crowned "Queen of Anaheim," this in the first generation alone. 15 grandchildren then added to the number of Anaheim High grads, variously involved in football, cheerleading, water polo and band.
John was born to Juan and Maria Leos in 1972, grew up in East Anaheim, and attended Canyon High School where he competed in football at the Varsity level, a three-year letterman. Right after graduation in 1991, John answered the call to serve our country in the United States Marine Corps. The Marines trained him in both Marine Combat Training and then as a Logistics Specialist. After active duty, he continued serving in the same squadron in a reserve capacity until his honorable discharge as Corporal in 1999.
Also during that time, he was part of the Anaheim Park Ranger program from 1993 until 2003 (including a brief interruption.) His career with a local probation department began in 1996 when he was assigned as a peace officer to a wilderness conservation camp for youth, then to a court-sponsored work program the following year and next, to an internal institutional security unit until 1998. That same year, John was chosen for assignment to a juvenile resource center that provides family-assistance and specialized educational attention for youth particularly vulnerable to repeat offenses. His department next enlisted John's help in starting a brand-new program at one of the county's jails for men in 2001. He currently works in a program that allows some juvenile offenders to do productive work in the community rather than being exclusively housed in local institutions at taxpayer expense. John and his lovely wife Shelly, a manager for an entertainment company, have been Anaheim homeowners since 2002. They proudly send both children to a local public elementary school in Anaheim.
John Leos and Family
Leos family circa 1930 --picture taken next to the La Palma School in Anaheim
Thank you Uncle Joe Leos for your service to our country. WWll Vet