Leon Reynaud Jr., known to most as Coke, passed away on November 7, 2002, after fighting cancer for two years. Coke, which was an abbreviation of ‘Mon petite Coco’ (My little Coconut), was a native Santa Rosan.
He grew up on MacDonald Avenue in the home of his parents, former mayor Leon A. Reynaud Sr. and Helen Auberlin Reynaud.
He attended Santa Rosa schools and graduated from SRHS, class of 1951. He attended Stanford and USF Law School. At Stanford he was a member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity and while there he met his wife, Gertrude Weil. He and Gertrude were married June 16, 1957.
After living in San Francisco, Modesto, and Las Vegas, they returned in 1964 to live permanently in Santa Rosa.
Coke worked as an escrow officer for North Coast Title. Then in 1968 he went to work for Francis Carrington at Francis Realty as a real estate agent. He always considered Francis to be his mentor. In 1972 he and Harry Lockwood bought Francis Realty. Together they developed several subdivisions.
In 1977 Coke opened Reynaud Realty where for many years he and Dusty Destruel joint ventured projects. Throughout all these years he was active in various building organizations and real estate groups and served over twenty years on the Northwestern Title board.
Coke greeted everything he did enthusiastically. He loved real estate and working with people. His hobbies were many and varied. From boating, camping, and fishing, he moved on to horses. The Sonoma County Trail Blazers and Hitch and Bitch horse-driving group were two of his favorite organizations. The camaraderie plus the fun of riding and driving meant so much to him.
He was very active in the Sonoma A’s, a Model A Ford group. Taking trips in his model A was his main form of vacation travel. While putt-putting around on back roads, he saw parts of Sonoma County he never knew existed.
High on the things he loved was playing bridge and cooking. His family, his friends, his dogs and horses, his home and his quest for the perfect tomato were of supreme importance to him. Coke had the gift of enjoying each day and living it to the fullest. He truly had a lust for life.
He is survived by his wife, Gertrude Reynaud; his children Simone Reynaud Horgos, Paul Reynaud, Jeannine Reynaud Singh; by two granddaughters, Bonnie Horgos and Jasmine Singh; by his sister Jinx Fores; cousin Henry Reynaud; and 16 nephews and nieces.
Private services will be held. A celebration of life will be at the Wild Oak Saddle Club, 550 White Oak Dr. in Oakmont on Saturday, November 23, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Redwood Regional Oncology Center, 3555 Round Barn Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements through THE NEPTUNE SOCIETY, 2607 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, CA.
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