San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)

John B. Leisure

Oct 9, 1926 - Jan 27, 2021


John Bacon Leisure of Hillsborou­gh, CA passed away peacefully on January 27th. He was born in Los Angeles on October 9, 1926 to Rose Bacon Leisure and Hoyt Marr Leisure.

John was raised in Beverly Hills “when it was mostly orange groves,” and attended El Rodeo Grammar School and Harvard Westlake. Following high school he served in the Navy. After his tour of duty he attended Colorado College and later graduated from USC, where he was an active member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

Following graduation John joined his brother, Hoyt, in the family business, Leisure, Werden & Terry, which was founded by their father in 1927. The company became a leading independen­t producer for Occidental Life Insurance Company (now Transameri­ca Life). John moved to San Francisco in 1972 to manage the newly opened Northern California office of Leisure, Werden & Terry, a position he continued to hold until his retirement in 1987.

John had a lifelong passion for golf and was an active member of the golfing community in Pasadena and later in San Francisco. He was president of Annandale Golf Club in Pasadena and a board member of the Southern California Golf Associatio­n.

He joined the San Francisco Golf Club in 1975 and made many treasured friends during his 45 years of membership at the club. When his children were younger, John and the family enjoyed summer vacations fishing and rafting on the Rogue River in Oregon. As the family grew to include grandchild­ren Alisal Ranch in Solvang became a favorite location for annual reunions. The entire family enjoyed golf, horseback riding and fishing.

He is survived by his wife Martha; his children Deborah McComas, Glenn, Marr (Anne), Roy and Kurt; grandchild­ren Kate McComas, John, Charles, Max, Jack, Lindsay, Olivia and Ashton. He is predecease­d by his first wife Marjorie; son John Christian; and granddaugh­ter Lauren. John will be fondly remembered for his unfailing humor, joy of life, passion for golf and love of family.

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