Leo Joseph Maloney

December 23rd, 1919December 8th, 2015

Leo Joseph Maloney peacefully passed away in his home due to complications of thyroid cancer. He was born on December 23, 1919 in Jersey City, New Jersey.  He is survived by his sister, Jeanne Kent of Chatham, New Jersey.  He was predeceased by his sister, Vera Kenyon, and his brother Charles Maloney. He was a favorite uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.

Leo fell in love with the west when he was in the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC), prior to serving in the European theatre with the Army Air Corps during WWII. He returned to Colorado after the War and earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado (CU), Boulder. He met his future wife, Helene Joyce Gillis (now Relora Joyce), at CU, marrying her in 1950. The union produced nine children,  Michael  Maloney (deceased), Mairi Maloney (Cliff Hathaway), Margaret Hutt (Jon Hutt), Maureen Maloney (deceased), Monica Maloney (Lyle Wheeler), Matthew Maloney (Cheryl), Martin Maloney (Teresa), Murdoch Maloney (Melissa) and Melanie Maloney-Richardson (David Richardson). He was very proud of his 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Leo began working for the National Bureau of Standards (NBS, now NIST) as a communications expert when the lab opened in Boulder, spending a great deal of his working life developing communication systems in Southeast Asia and Europe. He had some memorable stories about his experiences—including catching a cobra in the Philippines!

He co-founded the NBS Credit Union (now Elevations Credit Union). He was an active member of the Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus in both Durango and Boulder. He was a strong believer in giving back to the community, volunteering his time in jail and hospital ministries and serving in the Durango soup kitchen.

He loved traveling throughout the world. He lived for some time in Costa Rica, and with the help of his sons, constructed a house and farm in the topical forest of the Osa Peninsula. His preferred method of travel was by bus so that he could meet local people to learn about their culture and language.

He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, his family requests you donate to your local hospice.


A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Thursday, December 10th at 10:00 AM, being held at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Boulder.