The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001347290-01
Funeral Notices


Dr. Dario Virgilio de Leon, 84, died on Saturday, October 9, 2021, surrounded by family at home in Wahiawa.

Born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, he moved to Guatemala City to attend Universidad de San Carlos where he earned his PhD in 1965 with a specialty in pediatrics.

He emigrated to the United States in the early 70s and lived in New Orleans where he received a master’s in public health from Tulane University. In 1979 he moved the family to San Francisco Bay Area and after a few years served as Program Director for the STD Program, Contra Costa Health Services until his retirement in 2002. He then lived in Denver, Colorado and Park Roehnert, California before settling in Oahu, Hawaii.

For decades he followed the teachings of Babaji, living his life with the principles of love, truth, and peace. A humble man that lived in simplicity. He was a great and enthusiastic Sevadar who continuously looked forward to Satsang. He was a vegan, but you wouldn’t know it.

An avid traveler he went to Europe and Guatemala numerous times but his favorite place to visit was India where, for decades, he made annual pilgrimages to partake in Satsang, spend time with friends and attend weddings. He traveled light but always with his Mac laptop, Bose headphones, and latest iWatch.

Although he loved sports and calmly enjoyed watching tennis, baseball, and the Olympics, his quiet demeanor would easily break when soccer was on. He would startle persons nearby with his loud approval of certain plays. His music tastes varied from marimba to Indian to tango and loved to sit front row at the symphony.

His blend of traditional ways mixed with progressive views made him a supporter of all humankind and advocate of equality.

Rarely longwinded but when he spoke, he always included a variety of Dad jokes which were followed by a loud self-laugh.

Preceded in death by; his parents Dario and Alicia; brother, Federico; granddaughter Gabriela; and first wife, Elisa.

He is deeply loved and survived by his children Paola, Dario, Claudia, and Carmen. Grandchildren: Lex, Leeann, Justin, Victoria, Veronica, Kristania, Stephanie, Catherine, Katie, Jacqueline, and Isabella. Eight great-grandchildren, and his second wife, Carmen.

As a son-in-law put it: he was a quiet intellectual, with the heart of a lion and will be dearly missed.

Arrangements Provided By: Oahu Mortuary