Leonardo Baclayo Jomok
Birth Date: November 5, 1934Death Date: September 28, 2017
Devoted and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather – Leonardo B. Jomok – known to all, as “Tatay” or “Nardo” – passed away peacefully at home in Rancho Cordova, California on Thursday morning, September 28, 2017, with his family by his side. He was 82 years old.
Born in Malate, Manila, Philippines as the fifth child of Canuto and Alvina Jomok – which included his siblings Godolupe (Godo), Raymundo (Munding), Eustoria (Tulying), Florentino (Tinong), Anita and Cecilia. His father later remarried after the untimely death of his mother and had another child, his step-brother, Dominador (Ador).
At an early age, Tatay began to experience so many misfortunes with his family. Even before he was born, two of his siblings had passed away due to illnesses. His mother passed away during child birth to his younger brother, Tinong. Subsequently, Tinong and his other sister also passed away due to the same illness. In 1941, during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, Tatay’s father was captured and then killed. The only survivors (Munding and Tatay) were left with their father’s younger brother, Uncle Marcelo (Tiyong Celo), to care for them – which he did, until he had to leave for America. This left the two brothers alone to fend for themselves.
Despite all the hardships he experienced, Tatay was very determined to make a better life for himself. He worked hard to support himself and eventually completed the Academic Secondary Course at Pio del Pilar High School in 1955. This was truly one of the most significant milestones in Tatay’s life. Soon after, Tatay’s misfortune started to turn around. That same year, he met Lina who he would eventually marry and have ten wonderful children with. And in 1978, with the help of Lina’s mother (Lola Miling), the family was able to travel to America to start a new life.
Tatay was very devoted and passionate about his family’s well-being. His motto was: “Family is everything! Family over anything!” Despite financial hardships, he made sure his family had a roof over their head, clothes on their back, food on the table, and ice cream in the freezer. He made sure that every single person was cared for and loved, and that his children and their children would never experience the hardship he experienced growing up.
Tatay’s devotion did not stop with his family, but extended to the members of his church community. He was a proud deacon of the Church of Christ (Iglesia ni Cristo) wherein he took care of the members under his assigned group. If the members didn’t have a ride to church, he would pick them up even if the car was already packed full of his kids. He was diligent when it came to visiting members to conduct prayer meetings and was always reminding everyone to be prayerful at all times.
Tatay worked at Teledyne MEC for 20+ years as a Chem Lab Technician. He was very meticulous at his job and received the highest commendation by his colleagues when he retired.
Besides spending time with his family, Tatay enjoyed playing the guitar while singing Elvis songs, coming up with funny nicknames to give to each of his kids and grandkids, created and sang his “roll-call” song based on those funny nicknames. He also enjoyed playing golf and watching movies, boxing matches, “Wheel of Fortune” and his beloved San Francisco 49ers.
Tatay is survived by his spouse, Rosalina (Lina) of 62 years, and their children Leoguardo (Botchok), Norma (Oma), Eufrocina (Opreng), Leonides (Dek-Dek), Leopoldo (Boyet), Leonora (Norie), Luis (Estong), Laureano (Nano), Lea (Eyang) and Leni (Aning).
Along with his children’s spouses, his grandchildren and their spouses, and his great-grandchildren:
Tessie (Tess), Maritess (predeceased), Kimberly (Kimby), Janelle (JJ) and Jalissa (Jaleleng).
Jaime, Jammie (Meng), Jayvee (JV), Joshua (Josh), Jadyn (Ading) and Jeremiah (Miah).
Ronald, Andrew (Andoy), Angelica (Tabby) and Jimmy.
Dennis, Lorraine (Weng, predeceased), Adrian (Dundee) and Caroline (Line).
Justin (Ti-Tin), Jordan (Jordy), Malia (Lei-Lei), Dan, Linda-Lei (Lin-Lin) and Makaylah (Kay-Kay).
Vilma (Vi), Leon Jenard (Makinenard), Loris Jade, Lily and Lila.
Mark and Kelli (Kelliboo).
Noogie, Lana and Bruce.
He is also survived by his youngest brother, Dominador (Ador), as well as his many loving nieces and nephews in the Philippines.