Leon Sucht


Born in 1935 in a small western Kansas town, Leon Albert Sucht graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Kansas State University in 1957. After a stint in the International Farm Youth Exchange and the military, Leon was recruited to work for Bank of America. Luckily, for our area, he landed in Manteca in 1978 as Vice President and Manager of the Manteca branch. Not ones to be idle, he and his wife, Liz, became joined of St. Paul’s Methodist Church. He became a familiar face at the Manteca Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club. Much to the chagrin of his new friends, Leon’s job moved the family to other communities in California. After retiring in 2002, Leon returned to Manteca. He picked up where he left off with even more energy and dedication, investing countless hours at St. Paul’s, Manteca Historical Society, Manteca Mural Society, and Rotary Leon has held many leadership positions at St. Paul’s, most notably in the men’s group, Chancel Choir, and Door Keepers. He was even named the Women’s Society Man of the Year! Leon is also an active member of the Manteca Historical Society Board of Directors and served as President from 2008 to 2014. He is involved in planning the popular monthly programs as well as the fundraisers. He is also available to give tours about the history of Manteca and enjoys sharing his knowledge of our beautiful community. A member of the Rotary Club, Leon sets an example with his 35 years of perfect attendance and is a Paul Harris fellow. Leon has been a member of the Manteca Mural Society since 2003, serving as Membership Chairperson. He is heavily involved with the selection of the muralists and subject matter for the many beautiful murals that adorn our downtown.