April 8, 1964 ~ January 17, 2019 (age 54)


LEONIST FRANKLIN JR. was born April 8, 1964 to Leonist Franklin Sr. and Ruth Smith Franklin in Portsmouth, Virginia.  He was the second of two children and a true "Momma's Boy." Leonist was raised in a military family living and attending school in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for two years, and Yokosuka, Japan for six and a half years, before settling in San Diego, California in 1975. He attended Bell Junior High and Madison High School. He was a Cub Scout, and played on the baseball team, football team, and basketball team.


Leonist was a jack of all trades, working as a dispatcher for Cal Fire, the ship yard, and landscaping.

On December 23, 1984 Leonist was blessed with his greatest gift.  His daughter Jessica Franklin, who in turn made him a very happy and proud grandfather to SirMelvin FJohnson.

Leonist loved to have a good time with family and friends. People who were close to him referred to him as Junior. He enjoyed playing basketball, cards, dominoes, chess, and barbecuing.  

He is survived by his parents, Leonist Franklin Sr. and Ruth Franklin, his daughter Jessica Franklin, his grandson SirMelvin FJohnson, and his sister Javonda Franklin.

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Memorial Service
January 28, 2019

11:00 AM
5050 Federal Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92102

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