ATASCADERO — Leland Safranek, 91, of Atascadero died on Jan. 17, 2013.
He was born on June 16, 1921 in Dorchester, Neb. He was the third of four children, growing up during the depression years on a farm. In 1940, he drove a Model A Ford coup to Southern California where his brother was living. He met a girl there that stole his heart. He liked the area and went to work as a carpenter. He liked finish carpentry work.
He was afforded an opportunity to build a house on a ranch up in the Paso Robles. After completing the job, he was offered a job working on the ranch. He soon became the foreman of the ranch. He served in the Army during 1945 and 1946 on Okinawa as First Sargent of the motor pool. Upon his return he looked up the girl of his dreams and they were married seventeen days later. They started their married life on the ranch where he was foreman. They were blessed with a baby girl, the first of four girls. He moved his family into town. He took on construction work, which took him back into carpentry. He built his home in 1951 in Atascadero, which he lived in, raised a family, loved and laughed.
In 1955, he went into partnership with Fred Herrmann to form the company Herrmann & Safranek, which became the leader in millwork and cabinet quality and design. In 1961 he created and patented the Panel Router, and a year later a line of tooling which he continued to expand on over the years. The sale of machinery provided opportunity to travel. He loved to travel. He drove dozens of times across the country and loved the land and enjoyed the people he met along the way. In 1979 he bought the business and continued to expand the line of machinery. The shop became his playground and the machines his toys. He enjoyed his work.
In 1956 he joined the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He served as a state officer three separate times during his long association with the Odd Fellows. It afforded him the opportunity to make life long friends up and down the state of California.
He was an active member of the Atascadero Bible Church. He was a man that enjoyed his family, his friends, his work, his service — each afforded him opportunities to solve problems, and to lend a hand.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years; four daughters and their spouses and numerous grand children.
He believed that anything could be learned from books. So to honor this aspect of his life the family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation to the Atascadero Friends of the Library be made.
Atascadero Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 9, Atascadero, CA 93423.
Services will be held on Friday, Jan. 25 at 10a.m. at the Chapel of Roses.For the complete article see the 01-23-2013 issue.
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