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2009
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Contents

Grand Marshal & Community Service Award
Entry Forms, Rules, Etc.
2009 Parade Results
Parade Lineup
Lineup by Category
Parade Entry Categories
Parade Sponsors
Parade Rules

Parade Route (PDF)

2009 Parade Photos
Parade Photos on photo site (downloadable)
2009 Rodeo Photos

The 2009 Livermore Rodeo Parade was be held on
 
June 13
beginning at 10:00am


Grand Marshal & Community Service Award

The Grand Marshals for 2009 are
The Bankhead Family
Long time local ranching and philanthropic family
Read bio


Nancy, Maureen, Mallory, and Malcolm

Click here for Parade Photo

Community Service Award Recipient
Leo Croce
Former Superintendent of Schools
Read bio

Click Here for Parade Photo

The Theme of the parade is the Rodeo, as always.
 


Entry Forms & Contact

Parade entry forms were be mailed around the beginning of April to last year's participants.
They are due May 8, 2009.  The forms are available at the following links:

Click here for the Entry form Cover Letter (PDF)
Click here for the entry form (PDF)
Click here for the Parade Route (PDF)

Contact Info:
Ron Scott
Parade Chairman 2009
Address: PO Box 845    Livermore, Ca. 94550
E-mail; Livermoreparade@yahoo.com

2009 Parade Results

The results are announced and trophies presented at Carnegie Park at 1:00pm on the day of the Rodeo Parade (June 13)
Links go to photos

General Sweepstakes Award

Cactus Corners Youth Square Dance  #119

Equestrian Sweepstakes Award

Alameda County Sheriff's Posse  #102

Links go to photos

General Entry Awards, Judged by Pacific Coast Judges Association

Cat # Category 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
4 Commercial Entry American Swim Academy  #142 Cooleykatz Toys  #157 G and M Farms  #174
13 Majorette Corp Senior Napa Pepperettes Senior  #170    
14 Majorette Corp Junior Napa Pepperettes Senior  #171    
18 Amateur Float Cactus Corners Youth Square Dancers  #119 Good News Bears  #181 Tri-Valley Conservancy  #118
19 Novelty Unit, Senior Livermore Rodeo Rockettes  #155 Tri-Valley Cares  #179 3 Stooges Fan Club  #117
20 Novelty Unit, Junior Currin Lee Dancers  #162 Del Arroyo 4-H Club  #133  
21 Color Guard Senior VFW Post 7265  #112    
26 Antique Vehicles 1923 Doane Tractor  #108 1930 Model A  #150 1925 Studebaker Phaetom  #156


Equestrian Awards, Judged by the California State Horseman’s Association

Cat # Category 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
34 Mounted Group, Senior Alameda County Sheriff's Posse  #102 Oakland Black Cowboy Association  #167  
39 Novelty Hourse Costume Pamela Michalek  #148    
43 Charro/Charra Gustavo Gonzalez  #149    

 

2009 Parade Lineup

Click Here for a one page printable version in Acrobat format

Links go to the photo(s) of each entry.
No shows in the parade have been removed from the list below.

Entry
Position
Name of Entry Entry Class People Assemble
 Area
101 Livermore Police 52 8 3rd & J St
102 Alameda County Sheriff's Mounted Posse 34 6 3rd & J St
103 11th U.S. Army Mounted Cavalry Color Guard Unit 52 4 3rd & J St
104 Army Humvee 52 1 3rd & J St
105 Livermore Rodeo Queen (Rachel Nelson) 52 1 3rd & J St
106 Livermore Junior Rodeo Queen (Erica Labrucherie) 52 1 3rd & J St
107 Rodeo Association Stage Coaches 52 10 3rd & J St
108 1923 Doane Truck 26 6 3rd & J St
109 J.D. Platt and His Flying Canine Kings 52 2 3rd & J St
110 Grand Marshal (The Bankhead Family) 52 4 3rd & J St
111 (spare)     3rd & J St
112 VFW Post # 7265 Color Guard 21 5 3rd & J St
113 Nick Livermore 52 4 3rd & J St
114 Granada HS Matador Marching Band and Color Guard 2 120 3rd & J St
115 Scott Haggerty, Alameda County Supervisor 28 20 K & 4th St
116 Outrageous Bodacious Babes 52 8 K & 4th St
117 3 Stooges Fan Club 19 10 K & 4th St
118 Tri-Valley Conservancy 18 10 K & 4th St
119 Cactus Corners Youth Square Dancers 18 20 K & 4th St
120 Cub Scout Pack 951 29 20 K & 4th St
121 Livermore Masonic Lodge 52 15 K & 4th St
122 eLivermore.com 29 2 K & 4th St
123 Junction Avenue Middle School Marching Band 3 40 K & 4th St
124 Wheels (LvAmVyTrAth) 52 2 K & 4th St
125 (spare)     K Street
126 Well's Fargo Stagecoach with Livermore City Council riding 52 6 K Street
127 Elegant'e, Andalusian Horse and rider 52 1 K Street
128 Rowell Ranch Rodeo Queen 52 1 K Street
129 1948 Farmall Cub Tractor 26 1 K Street
130 Red Feather Winery 4 10 K Street
131 Livermere Youth Football/Cheerleeding 29 60 K Street
132 (spare)     K Street
133 Del Arroyo 4-H Club 20 30 L & 4th St
134 Girl Scouts of The San Francisco Bay Area 29 150 L & 4th St
135 Livermore Veterans Foundation 52 4 L & 4th St
136 East Ave School Dolphin Band 3 60 M & 4th St
137 Terra Mia Italian Restaurant 4 12 M & 4th St
138 Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Board
of Education Members and Superintendent
52 8 M & 4th St
139 State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Senate District 7 52 1 M & 4th St
140 Rotary Club President 52 3 M & 4th St
141 Community Service Award Recipient (Leo Croce) 52 4 M & 4th St
142 American Swim Academy 4 100 M & 4th St
143 Salinas Rodeo Truck & Queen 29 3 N & 4th St
144 Livermore Valley Opera (LVO) 52 20 N & 4th St
145 1960 Peterbilt Truck 26 12 N & 4th St
146 Sybil Ludington Society, Children of The American Revolution Society 29 12 N & 4th St
147 Shriners-on-Parade 52 60 N & 4th St
148 Michalek, Horse and Rider 39 1 N & 4th St
149 Gustavo Gonzales riding his horse "Payaso" 43 2 N & 4th St
150 1930 Model A vehicle 26 4 N & 4th St
151 1942 Classic Military Jeep 26 2 N & 4th St
152 Livermore Heritage Guild 1944 Mack Fire Engine 26 3 N & 4th St
153 Livermore's First Motorized Fire Truck 26 3 N & 4th St
154 CAPE Inc. Preschools 29 10 4th & O St
155 Livermore Rodeo Rockettes 19 7 4th & O St
156 1925 Studebaker Phaeton 26 4 4th & O St
157 Cooleykatz Toys 4 2 4th & O St
158 Livermore High School Band 2 75 4th & O St
159 Alameda County Cattlewomen 18 2 4th & O St
160 Woopsiedaisy Toy Shop 52 5 4th & O St
161 Shepherd's Gate 52 6 4th & O St
162 Currin Lee Dancers- Livermore Dance Center 20 75 3rd & O St
163 Annual Sommerfest 52 4 K & 4th St
164 Crane Ridge 4-H 18 25 K & 4th St
165 Operation S.A.M. 29 20 K & 4th St
166 Christensen Middle School Cougar Marching Band 3 55 K & 4th St
167 Oakland Black Cowboy Association 34 15 K & 4th St
168       K & 4th St
169 Madhatters 4x4 Club of Northern California 29 20 L & 4th St
170 Napa Pepperettes (Senior Group) 13 8 L & 4th St
171 Napa Pepperettes ( Junior Group) 14 10 L & 4th St
172 (spare)     L & 4th St
173 All About Me Kids Salon 52 4 L & 4th St
174 G And M Farms 4 12 L & 4th St
175 (spare)     L & 4th St
176 Horizons East Equestrian Center 52 8 L & 4th St
177 Relay For Life of Livermore 29 50 M & 4th St
178 Cub Scout Pack 914 29 20 M & 4th St
179 Tri-Valley Cares 19 20 M & 4th St
180 Valley Care Mobile Health Unit 52 2 M & 4th St
181 Good News Bears 18 12 M & 4th St
182 Mendenhall Middle School Mustang Marching Band 3 60 N & 4th St
183       N & 4th St
184       N & 4th St
185 LPFD Fire Engine 52 4 N & 4th St

Numbers 101 to 161 must be in line by 9:30am
Numbers 162 and up must be in line by 10:30am

Parade Entries by Category


NC = Non-competitive (Categories 1, 2, 3, 28, 29, 52)
Categories 4-28 and 30-49 are judged.

Entry Class Category
Name
Entry
Position
Place Name of Entry People
2 High School Bands 114 NC Granada HS Matador Marching Band and Color Guard 120
2 High School Bands 158 NC Livermore High School Band 75
3 Elementary, Jr. High Bands 123 NC Junction Avenue Middle School Marching Band 40
3 Elementary, Jr. High Bands 136 NC East Ave School Dolphin Band 60
3 Elementary, Jr. High Bands 166 NC Christensen Middle School Cougar Marching Band 55
3 Elementary, Jr. High Bands 182 NC Mendenhall Middle School Mustang Marching Band 60
4 Commercial 137   Terra Mia Italian Restaurant 12
4 Commercial 130   Red Feather Winery 10
4 Commercial 142 1 American Swim Academy 100
4 Commercial 157 2 Cooleykatz Toys 2
4 Commercial 174 3 G And M Farms 12
13

Majorette Corp. (Senior)

170 1 Napa Pepperettes (Senior Group) 8
14

Majorette Corp. (Junior)

171 1 Napa Pepperettes ( Junior Group) 10
18 Amateur Float (Self-P, Towed) 118 3 Tri-Valley Conservancy 10
18 Amateur Float (Self-P, Towed) 119 1 Cactus Corners Youth Square Dancers 20
18 Amateur Float (Self-P, Towed) 159   Alameda County Cattlewomen 2
18 Amateur Float (Self-P, Towed) 181 2 Good News Bears 12
19 Novelty Unit (Sr. 14 and over) 117 3 3 Stooges Fan Club 10
19 Novelty Unit (Sr. 14 and over) 155 1 Livermore Rodeo Rockettes 7
19 Novelty Unit (Sr. 14 and over) 179 2 Tri-Valley Cares 20
20 Novelty Unit (Jr. 13 and under) 133 2 Del Arroyo 4-H Club 30
20 Novelty Unit (Jr. 13 and under) 162 1 Currin Lee Dancers- Livermore Dance Center 75
21 Color Guard (Senior) 112

1

VFW Post # 7265 Color Guard 5
26 Antique Vehicles 108 1 1923 Doane Truck 6
26 Antique Vehicles 129   1948 Farmall Cub Tractor 1
26 Antique Vehicles 145   1960 Peterbilt Truck 12
26 Antique Vehicles 150 2 1930 Model A vehicle 4
26 Antique Vehicles 151   1942 Classic Military Jeep 2
26 Antique Vehicles 152   Livermore Heritage Guild 1944 Mack Fire Engine 3
26 Antique Vehicles 153   Livermore's First Motorized Fire Truck 3
26 Antique Vehicles 156 3 1925 Studebaker Phaeton 4
28 Political (Incl. Cars) 115

NC

Scott Haggerty, Alameda County Supervisor 20
34 Mounted Group (Senior) 102 1 Alameda County Sheriff's Mounted Posse 6
34 Mounted Group (Senior) 167 2 Oakland Black Cowboy Association 15
39 Novelty Horse, Costume (Open) 148 1 Michalek, Horse and Rider 1
43 Charro/Charra (Open) 139 1 Gustavo Gonzales riding his horse "Payaso" 1

Non-Competitive
Entry Class Category
Name
Entry
Position
  Name of Entry People
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 101 NC Livermore Police 8
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 103 NC 11th U.S. Army Mounted Cavalry Color Guard Unit 4
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 104 NC Army Humvee 1
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 105 NC Livermore Rodeo Queen (Rachel Nelson) 1
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 106 NC Livermore Junior Rodeo Queen (Erica Labrucherie) 1
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 107 NC Rodeo Association Stage Coaches 10
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 109 NC J.D. Platt and His Flying Canine Kings 2
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 110 NC Grand Marshal (The Bankhead Family) 4
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 113 NC Nick Livermore 4
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 116 NC Outrageous Bodacious Babes 8
29 Non-Competitive (Open) 120 NC Cub Scout Pack 951 20
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 121 NC Livermore Masonic Lodge 15
29 Non-Competitive (Open) 122 NC eLivermore.com 2
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 124 NC Wheels (LvAmVyTrAth) 2
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 126 NC Well's Fargo Stagecoach with Livermore City Council riding 6
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 127 NC Elegant'e, Andalusian Horse and rider 1
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 128 NC Rowell Ranch Rodeo Queen 1
29 Non-Competitive (Open) 131 NC Livermr Youth Football/Cheerleeding 60
29 Non-Competitive (Open) 134 NC Girl Scouts of The San Francisco Bay Area 150
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 135 NC Livermore Veterans Foundation 4
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 138 NC Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Board
of Education Members and Superintendent
8
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 139 NC State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Senate District 7 1
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 140 NC Rotary Club President 3
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 141 NC Community Service Award Recipient (Leo Croce) 4
29 Non-Competitive (Open) 143 NC Salinas Rodeo Truck & Queen 3
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 144 NC Livermore Valley Opera (LVO) 20
29 Non-Competitive (Open) 146 NC Sybil Ludington Society, Children of The American Rvolution Society 12
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 147 NC Shriners-on-Parade 60
29 Non-Competitive (Open) 154 NC CAPE Inc. Preschools 10
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 160 NC Woopsiedaisy Toy Shop 5
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 161 NC Shepherd's Gate 6
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 163 NC Annual Sommerfest 4
29 Non-Competitive (Open) 165 NC Operation S.A.M. 20
29 Non-Competitive (Open) 169 NC Madhatters 4x4 Club of Northern California 20
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 173 NC All About Me Kids Salon 4
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 176 NC Horizons East Equestrian Center 8
29 Non-Competitive (Open) 177 NC Relay For Life of Livermore 50
29 Non-Competitive (Open) 178 NC Cub Scout Pack 914 20
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 180 NC Valley Care Mobile Health Unit 2
52 Non-Competitive (Open) 185 NC LPFD Fire Engine 4

 

 

Parade Entry Categories

Not all categories have entries.
This List from 2008

Class #

Category

1st 2nd 3rd Awarded in 2008
1

Civilian Bands

NC NC NC  
2

High School Bands

NC NC NC  
3

Elementary, Jr. High Bands

NC NC NC  
4

Commercial

Trophy Trophy Trophy Yes
5

Pipe Band & Drum Corps

$165 $110    
6

Drum Corps (Senior)

$165 $110    
7

Drum Corps (Junior)

$140 $85    
8

Drill Team (Open)

$140 $85    
9

Drill Team (Military)

Trophy Trophy    
10

I D Unit

$100 $75    
11

Tall Flags (Senior)

$140 $85 Trophy  
12

Tall Flags (Junior)

$85 $85    
13

Majorette Corp. (Senior)

$165 $110   Yes
14

Majorette Corp. (Junior)

$140 $85 Yes
15

Solo Majorette (Senior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon  
16

Solo Majorette (Junior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon  
17

Professional Float (Towed, Self-P)

$220 $110 $55  
18

Amateur Float (Self-P, Towed)

$165 $85 $55 Yes
19

Novelty Unit (Sr. 14 and over)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes
20

Novelty Unit (Jr. 13 and under)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes
21

Color Guard (Senior)

$85 $55    
22

Color Guard (Junior)

$85 $55   Yes
23

Color Guard (Military)

Trophy Trophy   Yes
24

Drum Major (Senior)

$85 $55    
25

Drum Major (Junior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon  
26

Antique Vehicles

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes
27

Classic Cars

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes
28

Political (Incl. Cars)

NC NC NC  
29

Non-Competitive (Open)

NC NC NC  
Horse Entries (CSHA Judged)
30

Matched Pair

Trophy Ribbon Ribbon  
31

Working Western Senior

Trophy Trophy Ribbon  
32

Pony/Horse Drawn Vehicle (Senior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes
33

Pony/Horse Drawn Vehicle (Junior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon  
34

Mounted Group (Senior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes
35

Mounted Group (Junior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon  
36

Color Guard

Trophy Ribbon   Yes
37

Working Western Junior

Trophy Ribbon Ribbon  
38

Plain Western

Trophy Ribbon Ribbon  
39

Novelty Horse, Costume (Open)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon  
40

Silver Mounted (Open)

Trophy Ribbon Ribbon  
41

Local Western (Senior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes
42

Local Western (Junior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon  
43

Charro/Charra (Open)

Trophy Ribbon Ribbon Yes
44

Parade Horse (Open)

Trophy Ribbon Ribbon Yes
45

Fancy Parade Horse (Open)

Trophy Ribbon Ribbon Yes
46

Lady's Side Saddle (Open)

Trophy Ribbon Ribbon  
47

Arabian Costumed (Open)

Trophy Ribbon   Yes
48

Indian Costumed (Open)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon  
49

Future Horse Man/Woman

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes

NC = Non-Competitive (not judged)

 

Parade Sponsors

The City of Livermore Groth Bros. Chevrolet Kathy Scott Coyle Internet Services
Livermore Area Recreation and Park District Ising’s Culligan Bottled Water Don Tishman
The Livermore Stockmen’s Rodeo Association Dr. John Shirley Joel Kinnamon-Chabot Los Positas College District
The Tri-Valley Herald John W. Noonan Attorney at Law M.P. Riehl Insurance
Waste Management Inc. Livermore Jaguar East Valley Termite
Alden Lane Nursery Livermore Trophies & Tees A&E Design Services
Barbara Hickman Robert Cowan Consulting Valley Community Bank
Baughman’s Western Outfitters Jay Davis Consulting Officia Imaging
Fantasy Sounds Don & Shari Wentz California Water Service Company
Cathie Brown International Consulting Ray, Jennifer Thaete- Abramson & Thaete LLP Mission Peak Orthopedic Medical Group
Irv & Patty Stowers John Sailors Premier Capital
Gene Morgan Insurance John Linn Associates Inc  

 

Livermore Rodeo Parade Rules for 2009

(2008 Rules listed for now)

1. PARADE CLASSIFICATION must be entered on parade entry form. If you fail to do so, you will be classified as #52, Non-Competitive.
2. ENTRY FEES: Commercial/Political Entries $125. All others $40. Applications will not be processed prior to receipt of the fee.
3. ENTRY NUMBERS and instructions will be mailed one week prior to the parade. The main judging stand is at 2nd and "K" Street on the right side of the parade route. All identification numbers must be placed or worn on the right front of the entry in plain view of the judging team.

a. If you are ASSOCIATED WITH ANOTHER ENTRY where you need adjacent entry numbers and we did not provide you with consecutive Entry Numbers, YOU MUST NOTIFY the Parade Chairman IMMEDIATELY. NO Entry Numbers will be Changed less than 5 days prior to the Day of the Parade.

4. All Horse entries in a judged category must be present and ready for judging at 8:00 am. at Carnegie Park at 3rd and "K" Streets. This rule is made by the CSHA, not the Rodeo Pa-rade, and may affect awards given. Riding on the parade route before lineup is not allowed-
5. FLOAT ENTRIES must have flame retardant materials or chemically treated decorations.
NO SMOKING WHILE ON ROUTE! Motorized units must have fire extinguishers. No open flames on or around floats. No loud noisemakers to scare horses. horses. No dogs are allowed inside the barricaded parade area, except those who are pre-authorized as part of a parade entry.
6. CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES by parade participants is not allowed by City Ordinance. This includes parade lineup area as well as the parade route.
7. PARADE ASSEMBLY TIME: Entries 1 – 60, 9:30 am; 61 and higher, 10:30am. Late arrivals will be placed at the end of the parade.
8. PARKING information will be included with entry packets.
9. ENTRY LINEUP Parade officials will be there to assist you with lining up. Parade starts promptly at 10:00am.
a. THIS MEANS "3rd & J Assembly Area" STARTS AT 9:45 SHARP MOVING DOWN 3rd STREET TO THE BEGINNING OF THE PARADE AT 3rd AND "O" STREET.
b.  Multiple horses, vehicles, or persons with the same entry number must proceed as one group (no spacing).
c. Maintain your spacing between entries and, PLEASE, not more than 50 feet at any time.
10. Participants must MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THEIR VEHICLES AND ANIMALS at all times. No one under the age of six (6) years may be in control of these without an adult, 18 years or older.
11. ENTRIES CAN BE DISQUALIFIED FOR:
a. Failing to maintain a maximum of no more than 50 feet or a minimum of no less than 25 feet from the preceding entry.
b. Not completing the entire parade route.
c. Throwing objects or squirting liquids from your unit
d. Shooting firearms or fireworks near horses.
e. Refusing to obey parade marshals or police.
12. Allowable time for performing before the ANNOUNCING STANDS:
a. A ROUTINE of NO MORE THAN 60 SECONDS by any Entrant
b. A PENALTY of 5 POINTS WILL BE ASSESSED FOR EACH VIOLATION for EXCESSIVE TIME. In addition, other sanctions may be imposed (See map for announcing stand locations).
c. All other units must maintain FORWARD MOTION at each of the four announcing stands.
d. Any non-competing entries with repeated rule violations may be excluded from participation in future Parades
13. Allowable time for performing before the judges stand:
a. A routine of no more than 60 seconds
b. Equestrian units- one complete circle
14. Decisions of the judges will be final.
15. PARADE AWARDS will be announced and presented at Carnegie Park (see map) at 1:00 pm. If you are not present to accept the award, ribbon, or cash, the cash award will be mailed to the address on your Entry Form. Trophies, plaques, and ribbons must be picked up at the awards ceremony.

General Sweepstakes – Trophy

Equestrian Sweepstakes – Trophy

The California State Horsemen Association Riles will apply to all mounted entries. California Drum and Drill Rules apply to all marching units. American Legion competitive flag code will apply to all color guards and/or flag lines. Parade sanctioned by Parade Sponsors of Northern California, Inc.

Parade Committee reserves the right to refuse any entrant’s parade participation.

 

Grand Marshal Bio
The Bankhead Family

The Bankhead Family
Long time local ranching and philanthropic family

Grand Marshal for 2009 is the Bankhead family, a third generation Livermore ranching family that has long been involved in the city’s arts scene. In 2008 the family made a very generous donation to the Performing Arts Center that provided a name for the 500-seat theater. The family is represented in the parade by Nancy and Malcolm Bankhead, daughter and son of the matriarch of the family, Evelyn, and both are still involved in ranching in the valley, and by Malorie Bankhead, granddaughter. Malorie continues the ranching tradition by recently taking top placement in a California FFA public speaking career development event and will go on to compete at the FFA National Convention in Indiana.

 


Nancy, Maureen, Mallory, and Malcolm

 

Community Service Award Bio
Leo Croce


Leo Croce
Former Superintendent of Schools

Leo Croce was born on May 14, 1923 in Oakland, the youngest of 4 children.

He attended the Oakland Public Schools and in 1941 graduated from Oakland Technical High School, where he lettered in football  and track and was honored as the Outstanding Graduating Senior

In 1941 he entered U.C. Berkeley.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in December 1942.  In March of 1943 he was called to active duty and qualified for the pilot training program.  In March of 1944 he received his pilot wings and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. U.S. Army Air Corps.

Leo was trained as a fighter polot, but the war in Europe was taking a more offensive rose, and with heavy losses of bomber crews, he was assinged to a B17 Heavy Bomber as a co-pilot.  He flew his first combat mission on September 5, 1944.  He later became 1st pilot and copmleted his combat tour of 35 missions on January 21, 1945.  He was honored with the Air Medal seven times.  His bomb group also received a Presidential Citation for its major contributions in combat.

He then returned to the States, where he was assigned to train cadet pilots.  He was honorably discharged on August 2, 1945.

In 1973 Lio was selected to be the Superintendent of the Livermore Valley Unified School District, a position in which he served for 16 years.  In 1992 Leo was honored by the Livermore School District for his long and dedicated service, when it named a new school after him, Leo R. Croce Elementary School.  Leo and his family, wanting to give something back to the community, established a perpetual scholarship fund.  Now, each year any student who attended Croce School and graduates from a Livermore high school is eligible to compete for a $5,000 scholarship to a four year college.

Following retirement, he formed his own consulting company and worked with school communities from San Diego to Sonora.

Throughout his life he has volunteered in a great many causes.

 

 


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