Leon George KAPSALIS

November 21, 1936January 6, 2021

Leon George Kapsalis November 21, 1936 - January 6, 2021 Charming and robust till the end, Leon Kapsalis, loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, brother, uncle, and cousin passed away at age 84 on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 due to complications from Covid 19. Leon was born on November 21, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Helen (Markle) and Arthur Kapsalis. After the death of his father, Leon moved with his mother and siblings to Oakland, California. He attended San Jose State College and joined the US Army in 1959. On August 16, 1957, he married Barbara Sabral. They raised a daughter, Dena, and son, Chris. As the son of a Greek immigrant, Leon was proud of his Greek heritage and would occasionally pretend he could speak Greek. Leon was a devoted son to his mother, Helen. He spent the remaining days of her life losing to her in cribbage. Leon retired from AAA Auto Insurance after 35 years. He managed offices in Chico, Berkeley, Concord, and Sonoma. After retirement, Leon and Barbara moved to Martinez, California where Barbara was born and raised. From there they traveled, gardened, hosted family and friends, and held court at Mr. Lucky’s, a watering hole in Pleasant Hill. He was a gifted pool shark, card player, and dice thrower. Leon had an insatiable thirst for life and made friends wherever he went. His curiosity, generosity, sincerity, intuition, and big heart were legendary. His primary concern was to make others feel happy and relaxed. No one was exempt from his quick wit and engaging personality. He remembered details about the lives of others and saw himself as responsible for the comfort of those around him. Leon loved classic movies, great music, and good wine. He loved the ocean, big cities, and small towns. He wrote poetry and entertained his children with fabulous, long, winding bedtime stories when they were little. He was a true romantic and showered those he loved with kindness and attention. In his eyes, his children and grandchildren were the center of the universe. Leon wasn’t religious but he believed in love and kindness. He felt deeply and cried openly at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life and The Wizard of Oz. Leon was preceded in death by his father, Arthur, his mother, Helen, and his sister, Connie. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara, his daughter, Dena and her husband, Kit, his son Chris and his wife, Becky, brother in law, Rick, and brothers’ Dean, Dimitri, and Art. He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He leaves behind his beloved grandchildren, Leo and Lucia, to carry on his generous spirit and charm. Services will be held at a later time when we will celebrate Leon’s life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Leon’s name to the Boys and Girls Club of America ( ). Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Walnut Creek location.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Leon George KAPSALIS

have a memory or condolence to add?


February 3, 2021

Leon was a great friend to everyone who passed by his light. Barbara, cannot imagine what you are feeling now after 63 years of Leon. You know most of the old guard of Martinez and much of the new who know you is rooting for your comfort and thinking of you and Leon so fondly and gratefully.

Judi Chapman

January 17, 2021

Barbara, so very sorry to hear about Leon. It will be hard not to think about him with heartache and tears. But remember he will always be with you in your memories and heart


Nancy Fraser

January 16, 2021

So many good memories of fun times shared with Leon and Barbara. Wonderful dinners, lots of laughter and sharing stories. Sending along warm hugs for Barbara and the entire family. May love surround you and hold you safely during this difficult time.

Corrina Gallia

January 14, 2021

Leon and I we’re best friends I laughed I cried he was always there for me his wife Barbra was the sweetest lady I’ve ever met in my life they took me in as I was their own and they loved me they told me how beautiful I was . he waited for me every day to show up at his house he was so excited to see me I love Leon and Barbra and Chris it was a joy taking care of him I will never forget him he was the most kindest gentlest Generous Man I have ever met . rest in peace Leon I love u

Doug and Laurel Kelly-Steele

January 14, 2021

Leon was really fun to be around. I remember hanging out with him in Kit and Dena’s backyard and talking about the Giants and drinking beer. Such a typical experience with Leon - you wanted to see him again and share the laughter.

Carolyn Duncan

January 12, 2021

Leon was always a joy to see. Caring and concerned. Our love goes out to the whole family. Rest in peace dear man, you are missed.