LONG BEACH — Gregory D. McLeod drew his last breath on Nov. 29, 2017, at home with his family following a sudden but devastating illness.
Born May 27, 1938, in Portland, Oregon, Greg is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carla Horne McLeod; three sons, Vincent, Michael, and Brian McLeod; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A graduate of the University of Oregon School of Business Administration, Greg spent six and a half years on active duty in the U.S. Army Intelligence. He served in the U.S., Europe and Vietnam, and was trained in Hungarian and German languages. He was honorably discharged from active duty in 1967 at the rank of Captain.
Greg began his accounting practice on the Peninsula in 1978 and he and Carla became permanent residents in 1981. That same year he became an active volunteer with Pacific County Fire District No. 1 serving in Ocean Park and Seaview, and volunteering with the Ilwaco Fire Department as well. He was trained as an EMT but preferred firefighting and vehicle extrication.
In 1997 Greg was appointed to the PCFD1 board of commissioners to fill an unexpired term, and was re-elected to the board and served for 20 years. For most of those years he served as chairman of the Board of Commissioners.
As an active member of South Pacific County Technical Rescue, he was instrumental in increasing the presence of surf and cliff rescue efforts on the Long Beach Peninsula, participating as a rescue swimmer, rescue climber and personal watercraft operator.
Greg’s commitment to his community was also evident by his serving on the school board in the mid-80s, helping with the Boy Scouts, and as an assistant football coach. When Greg wasn’t in his office or volunteering, other activities he enjoyed and pursued were race car driving, skydiving, hunting and most recently, riding his vintage Harley Davidson motorcycle.
A Celebration of Life to honor Greg and his generous and willing spirit will be held in January 2018 — details forthcoming.
In lieu of flowers, Greg would appreciate donations to South Pacific County Humane Society, our amazing no-kill shelter; Reachout Ministries/HIS Super Table, providing meals for those in need, and South Pacific County Technical Rescue.