Leo Harry Graff, Jr.
1934 – 2014
Leo Harry Graff, Jr., a 35-year resident of the area, entered into rest on April 3, 2014, in Bakersfield. He was 79 years old.
Graveside services were held on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Tehachapi Public Cemetery - Westside. Military honors were provided by the Unites States Navy.
Leo was born on July 23, 1934, in Long Beach to parents Leo Harry and Anna Josephine Urban Graff, Jr. He married Zelda Frances Crowder and they had one daughter and six sons.
In 1955, Leo was inducted into the United States Navy where served from 1951 to 1955, followed by four years in the reserves. He entered into the Los Angeles Police Academy in April of 1957, and graduated in July of that year. He immediately went to work in the L.A.P.D. as a uniformed officer both on footbeat and in radio cars, served as Divisional Vice Officer, and worked the plain clothes unit. In 1968, he was reassigned and headed the task force that developed and implemented a comprehensive equipment audit and control system. Over the next five years he worked specialized detective assignments, served as a Police Officer III+1, Assistant Squad Leader, and continued to work as a city-wide plain clothes officer. He moved to the Air Support Division in 1973, and there presented orientation tours and civilian presentations. He assisted the FBI, Secret Service, and other agencies charged with security of foreign dignitaries and VIP's, including the President of the United States. He also directed and coordinated ground units in unusual occurrences, civil disturbances, and natural disasters. His law enforcement career was extensive.
Leo is survived by his wife, Zelda; daughter, Stephanie; and sons, Peter, Matthew, David, Leo, Mark, and Darin.
Wood Family Funeral Service is handling the arrangements. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.