Former Malibu educator Leon Wengert Kern died April 30 in Victoria, B.C., after a battle with cancer at the age of 80.
He was born March 11, 1930, on the family farm in Jonestown, Pa. In 1958 Kern and his family moved to Upland, Calif., where he continued his education, earning a bachelor’s degree from Upland College and a master’s degree from UCLA. He then began his career in education as a teacher and an administrator for more than 30 years.
Many in Malibu will remember him as the principal of the Point Dume and Webster Elementary schools in the 1980s and as a member of Trancas Riders and Ropers.
“He was known for his many talents: educator, vocalist, horse rancher, businessman, fisherman and builder,” family and friends said in a written statement.
Kern is survived by his wife, Lorraine, of Victoria, and his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, who reside in Canada and the U.S.
“His grand presence and passion for life will be remembered by all who had the good fortune to know him,” family members said.