Born in Inglewood, CA (the “Little Green House”) to Arthur Ivan and Marjorie Frances (Harvey) Lebo. Surrounded by family, he passed peacefully, following a four-month battle with lymphoma.
He was a dedicated follower of Christ and member of the Escalon United Methodist Church for 37 years. His amazing journey as an Educator of 40 years began by teaching in the same school district he attended as a child in Hawthorne, CA. He received his Bachelor’s degree at CSU Long Beach and his Masters degree at Fresno State. After teaching in the Los Angeles area and Hanford, his first administrator’s position was Principal in Hayfork, CA. Then, moving to Escalon in 1981, he served as Principal of Dent Elementary School until 1987. He was then Superintendent-Principal at Roberts Ferry (1986 - 1997), Assistant Superintendent of Hughson USD (1997 - 1999), and Superintendent-Principal of Lammersville USD in Tracy from 1999 until he retired in 2008.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 47 years, Christine Ann (Poe) Lebo; son, William Arthur Lebo Jr. (Kristina); and daughter, Cherilyn Alecia Moe (Jesse); sister, Cheryl (Kerry) Clements; and brothers, Russell (Kim) Lebo and Henry Barrett. He was a devoted grandfather to Jesse, Joshua, Gavin, Johnny, Oli, and Emily.
He loved his wife, children and grandchildren deeply and was an incredible example to all who knew him. His love of Christ was evident with his servant’s heart and ways he showed love in little, everyday things. The importance of learning and education was evident in his passion for schools and his strong work ethic. His goal was to be at work to walk the school grounds early every morning. We are certain as he walked looking for trash, evidence of graffiti, or vandalism, he was praying over the school, staff, and for each child.
Celebration of Life will be Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m. at Escalon United Methodist Church, 2000 Jackson Avenue, Escalon 95320. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Escalon United Methodist Church, American Heart Association or any charity of choice.
“Well done good and faithful servant.”
The Escalon (Calif.) Times
Feb. 28, 2018