Obituary of Colonel Edward John Lesnowicz USMC
On December 12, 1946, Edward John Lesnowicz Jr. was born to Edward Sr, a 1st Course Petty Officer, new from WII company in China, and Donna, a lady with mid19th century Scotch-Irish roots planted in the foothills of the North Range of the Siskiyous in Southern Oregon. Edward’s grandparents, a matriarchal educator and a Fantastic War Veteran healing from old wounds, shaped his boyhood. Ed used his early decades at the Kincaid Relatives Ranch in the Williams Valley in Williams, Oregon. Ed, the oldest of three, wandered the creeks and trails of Williams Valley flanked by his sisters and cousins, with an angling pole or rifle in hand influenced by silver-screen western he- roes. Edward Sr’s get the job done posed a nomadic existence across the Pacific Northwest. Ed lived in Idaho, Oregon, and Northern California. The motion and disruption stoked Ed’s rebellious character. In 1961, Ed’s family members landed in Rio Del, California. At Fortuna Large Faculty, a precocious 14-year-old Ed would satisfy the most significant person in his lifetime: A gorgeous Portuguese lady from a proud immigrant family members: Mary Elmira Rocha. Ed, a stubborn passionate, proposed to Mary that 12 months. Mary declined (simply because she thought Ed was nuts). Ed was undeterred. In 1962, Ed located himself in Santa Cruz Superior College. He proceeded to increase hell. Ed and a several other rebels established the JAGS (junior liquor guzzling modern society) executing criminally flavored hijinks across Santa Cruz County. Ed was summarily expelled from Large School and attained his diploma by using evening school. Normally in search of struggle, Ed enlisted in the Maritime Corps in 1966 (Mary considered it was a Cabrillo Higher education Sailing Club). Legend has it that a botched JAGS stunt provoked a Choose to challenge Ed an ultimatum of juvenile corridor or war. Ed selected war and deployed to Vietnam. He fought the North Vietnamese Army throughout the Hill Battles of KheSahn. Ed, a teen, witnessed what he would contact the Dragon, a metaphor he made use of to capture the awe and tragedy of fight. The war still left Ed with a survivor’s guilt that shaped an inexhaustible propellant in his soul that would push him to direct and really like Marines, his life’s calling. Ed, surrounded by death in Vietnam, joined the Catholic faith. A priest, clad in olive drab vestments, baptized and administered Ed very first communion in a bunker beneath threat of enemy artillery. In 1967, Ed returned from Vietnam, married his real enjoy, started off a family members, and acquired a property in Santa Cruz. Ed graduated from UCSC with a political science degree and a wine aficionado’s pallet soon after doing work through faculty as a wine distributor. Ed dazzled his daughters, Heather and Analicia, with bedtime guitar serenades appointed with a exclusive panache that built a person feel specific. On an evening in 1974, Ed returned home from function and declared he joined the Marines, again. Ed would provide as a Maritime Corps Officer for 30 yrs. His provider took him to the Far East, Africa, Europe, Central America, and the Center East. He planned the invasion of Pana- ma in 1989, commanded Marines and Coalition forces in Mogadishu in 1992, gained a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins, commanded five thousand Marines in California in 1998, and laid the basis to acquire wounded ser- vice members from Iraqi battlefields in 2003. Regardless of his martial exterior, Ed was a intimate in pursuit of experience. He was an exuberant pied piper conjuring family adventures like rustic Rocky Mountain retreats complete with badly supervised 4X4 off- roading, snowboarding, sailing all in excess of the planet, and trips to Hong Kong, China, and the Philippines. No precarious lead to or mission could triumph over Ed’s spell over all those that gladly followed him. Ed was a winner for all those that had none. He had a eager eye for the ember of likely and missed advantage. Ed was your sword and protect. God enable you if you had been a bully or tormentor. Ed was your adversary, a relationship you ended up certain to regret. Ed spent his afterwards years passing on his knowledge and chasing goals. As his system diminished, his time dedicated to mentorship increased. Ed drew upon a deep properly of wisdom to teach his young children, sons-in-legislation and grand- children. As Hubba, a title his oldest grandchild bestowed on him, Ed steeped his relatives in the secret of baseball and made capable fishermen, marksmen, and ranch fingers. Ed bought the Kincaid Ranch, set up the Kin- caid winery, and supervised the manufacturing of the 1st barrel of Kincaid pinot noir in 2019. Ed’s lifestyle ended, a lot as it started at the Kincaid Ranch surrounded by household. Ed died on a vivid Monday early morning with the peace of Jesus Christ surrounded by his wife of 54 yrs and beloved relatives. Ed follows his brother John, and moms and dads, Edward and Donna Lesnowicz. His sisters, Debbie Comstock and Crystal Lesnowicz, youngsters, Heather Babcock, Analicia Cubé, Mathew Lesnowicz, and Ed’s 7 grandchildren go on Ed’s legacy of services, really like, and the mystery behind that spark that dwelled in his eye. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 14, 2022from 3pm-6pm followed by a Vigil Provider at Benito &Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel, 1050 Cayuga St in Santa Cruz. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on February15, 2022 at 11am at Holy Cross Church, 210 Large St in Santa Cruz followed by a Committal Assistance at Holy Cross Cemetery, 2271 7th Ave in Santa Cruz.
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Printed by Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel – Santa Cruz on Feb. 14, 2022.