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In Memory

Leonard Backlin

Leonard Backlin

Deceased Classmate: Leonard Backlin
Date Of Birth: Aug-28-1945
Date Deceased: Jul-21-2017
Age at Death: 71
Cause of Death: complications from pneumonia
Classmate City: Wasilla
Classmate State: AK
Classmate Country: USA
Survived By: wife, Linda (Guimont) Backlin (63) 3 children, 1 granddaughter

Leonard came from a broken home and was raised by his aunt and uncle in Edmonds. He moved to Alaska in the mid 80's and worked for Spenard Lumber as their commercial accounts manager from where he retired. He enjoyed his snow mobile and was rarely seen without a cup of coffee in his hand.

Submitted by George Connor

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09/13/17 10:37 AM #1    

Guyla Vann

Lenny was always my friend. He had a smile and a good word to share. The news of his passing makes me sad. Condolences to Lenny's family.

09/14/17 09:36 AM #2    

Carl (Chuck) Munson

Leonard and I played football together. Very briefly attempted some folksinging at EJC (everyone took a shot at folksinging then - all you needed was a guitar and three chords). The folksinging era had a lot of stuff that seemed to have depth but, in hindsight, actually didn't mean a thing. Anyway, Leonard had an interesting sense of humor and, in that vein, there's one memory that sticks out. After high school, there were a bunch of us that interacted, and I remember being at a rental house one summer night in a wooded setting somewhere near the high school. If I recall correctly, Jim Evans, class of '62, was the renter. Nice guy. Now, I was naive and new to alcoholic beverages in brown bottles but, wanting to fit in, participated. With complete sincerity, Leonard says to me, "Chuck, you know what goes great with beer? Peanut butter sandwiches." Being the gentleman Leonard was, he made me one. What a guy. I got sick as hell. Another lesson learned the hard way, but in perverse way it's somehow a fond memory. Bless you, Leonard. There will be a few more dull moments without you around.

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