Leo Stuart Fancey, 82, of Kennewick passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at LifeCare Center in Richland after a brief illness.

Leo was born June 26, 1929 in Utica, N.Y.

In 1945 he moved with his parents and sister to Alameda, Calif.

He was called to active duty in 1950 with the U.S. Navy and served as an airplane mechanic for two years at the Alameda Naval Air Station. After his discharge, Leo entered San Mateo Community College, graduating in June of 1956 with distinction with a BA in public administration from San Jose State University. He went on to receive his Masters of Arts degree in political science with an emphasis on public administration from the University of California in 1959.

Leo's working life was spent in public administration, including serving as the City Manager of Antioch, Calif. from 1960 to 1970, the Administrative Services Coordinator of Oakland, Calif. from 1971 to 1977, and Assistant City Manager of Medford, Ore. from 1977 to 1981.

He and his family moved to Washington in 1981 when he became City Manager of Sunnyside and he remained in that position until his retirement in 1998.

Leo also taught many college courses over the years on such topics as labor relations, state and local government and management.

In his younger days, Leo's hobbies included playing softball and jogging. His lifelong passion, however, was American history and he could usually be found with a book in his hands.

He was an avid follower of both politics and baseball and loved to talk about both with family and friends.

He enjoyed music from swing to New Wave and had a great affection for animals and the outdoors.

Leo is survived by his wife, Coralie and daughter, Julie of Kennewick, his daughter, Marcie of Pasco; his son, Mark of Monmoth, Ore.; granddaughter, Sara Fancey of Eugene, Ore.; and remembered fondly by the residents and staff of LifeCare.

Leo's ashes are to be interred in Tahoma National Cemetery in the spring. A tree will be planted and a park bench placed in Monmouth, Ore. in his memory. Donations may be made in his name to the Disabled American Veterans.

Friends are invited to sign the on-line guest book at

Hillcrest Memorial Center in Kennewick is in charge of arrangements.


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