Jan. 3, 1951 — Feb. 12, 2011
Louis “Lou” Daniel Leary, former floor director of the California Assembly Speaker’s Office, died in Sacramento on Feb. 12, 2011, after a long illness. He was 60 years old.
Mr. Leary was born in Vallejo on Jan. 3, 1951. As a young man growing up in Vallejo, he attended St. Vincent Ferrer Elementary and High School. He received his B.A. from the University of San Francisco in 1972, and his master’s in sociology from UC Davis (1974). During his days as a student at USF, Mr. Leary visited mainland China (1972-73) as part of the first group of American students invited to that country after Richard Nixon’s historic visit.
Mr. Leary first entered state service with the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development in the late 1970s. He started his long career in the state Legislature in 1987 with Assembly Majority Leader Tom Hannigan where he worked on a number of issues, including many related to health care. Mr. Leary went on to serve as the Assembly floor director, serving under five speakers: Cruz Bustamante, Antonio Villaraigosa, Robert Hertzberg, Herb Wesson and Fabian Núñez.
A lifelong devotee of music, particularly rock and roll and jazz, Mr. Leary had an encyclopedic knowledge of artists and their record labels and musical influences. He had a gift for compiling CDs for friends and family, somehow intuiting the exact mix of music they needed at that point in their lives.
Mr. Leary is survived by his wife Pat and twin daughters Erin and Clare of Davis; his mother, Genevieve Leary and sister Nora Leary of Vallejo; brothers, Matthew Leary of Woodland and Brian Leary of Pinole; sisters-in-law, Jackie Leary and Cheers Leary; brothers-in-law, Mike Garrett of Simi Valley and Steve Garrett of Spokane, Wash.; and nieces Tessa and Sarina Garrett of Simi Valley, nephews Andrew, Eric, Ethan and Jacob Leary of Woodland, Jake Garrett of South Lake Tahoe; as well as his dear Aunt Loretta of Napa and numerous beloved cousins.
Services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B St. in Davis.
Remembrances may be made to the Solano Kids Insurance Program (SKIP), Solano Coalition for Better Health, 360 Campus Lane, Suite 203, Fairfield, CA 94534.