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Date of Birth: November 16, 1937

Date of Death: August 25, 2019

Leo Cromien, 81, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Arrowhead Hospital in Glendale, AZ. Leo was born on November 16, 1937 in Galva, IL to George and Anna Cromien. He was raised in Galva, IL along with his six siblings. Leo enlisted in the Army in 1958 to be a paratrooper. After jump school in Fort Bragg, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and deployed to Germany. While there, he was chosen to play on the Division sports teams. After serving with the US Army, Leo studied at Western Illinois University where he met the love of his life, Marion Watt, and they were married on April 8, 1967. He went on to have a fulfilling career in the food industry that brought him and his family to live in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, Alaska, Washington, California, and Arizona. After retiring in 2006, he loved taking care of two of his grandchildren after school and they loved him. He loved his family and took them on many adventures including: camping, fishing, road trips to the Cromien Olympics, and sporting events. He loved all sports and cheered on the Chicago Cubs and New England Patriots. He had the gift of gab (and blarney) and he never met a stranger. He will be missed by all that knew him and those who never had the opportunity to meet him. Leo is preceded in death by his parents, George and Anna Cromien, and siblings, Mary Terry, Bernie Cromien, Margaret Schula, & Rosemary Kempin. He leaves his wife of 52 years, Marion (Watt) Cromien; his children, Anne Jacobson and her husband, Brekke Jacobson, Steve Cromien, Maria Jacobsen and her husband, Josh Jacobsen, William Cromien and his wife, Alicia Cromien, & Meghan Buss and her husband, John Buss; 8 grandchildren: Kyra, Kristian, Jillian, Jackson, Harper, Anderson, George & Addison; Sister, Ruth Youngberg, and brother, John Cromien.

Service Information

Funeral service for Leo Cromien will be held on September 9th at 10:30am at St. Thomas More in Glendale, AZ.


For those who are interested, in lieu of flowers, we have set up a fund in honor of Dad with the Cal State Bakersfield Athletic Association- Scholarship Fund. Dad was always such a fan of sports from playing them as a kid, running track in the army, and playing tennis & golf as an adult. He was a fan of watching sports too. He was at all our games growing up and once we were all out of the house he turned his attention to the student athletes at Cal State Bakersfield. He knew all the athletes by name and went to many of their games. He could always be found at both the Men's and Women's games. The Women's Basketball team even named him an honorary Asst. Coach Leo Cromien Here are the instructions on how to donate: 1) Please go to the following website: 2) Then scroll down the page, to where it says ‘Tribute Gift’ 3) Click the box that says this gift is in honor, memory or support of someone 4) You will see it says “This gift is In Honor Of” then they can type in “Leo Cromien” Or, if you prefer to make a donation & write a check in his honor, here are the instructions: 1) Please send donation via check to: CSUB Foundation 19 AW, 9001 Stockdale Hwy., Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022 Att: Erin Mykleby 2) All checks should be made out to CSUB Foundation 3) In the memo section of the check, please write “In Honor Of Leo Cromien" Thank you, Marion, Anne, Steve, Maria, William, and Meghan