Leslie Padilla Cacy's Memorial Fund
On Saturday, May 28, 2016, the very definition of a tragedy occured. Leslie lost her life at the age of 28 - leaving behind her husband, family, and beloved dogs.
We sincerely and gratefully appreciate any contribution you can give. The money raised here will be used toward paying for the final arrangements and funeral costs.
Monday, June 6, 2016
Visitation at 10am
Service at 11am
Reception at 12pm
All services are located at the Canon Community Baptist Church in Canon City.
**DRESS CODE**: We are asking all of our friends and family to wear bright colors - to reflect Leslie's bright, beautiful, and bubbly personality.
Flowers should be sent to the care of Harwood Funeral Home (516 North 10th Street, Canon City, CO 81212).
It is with the heaviest hearts that we must write about the passing of our beloved Leslie (Padilla) Cacy. On the evening of Saturday, May 28, 2016, God called home a spitting image of his own son.
Born as their second daughter on August 5, 1987 to Daniel & Zandra Padilla Sr. of Corpus Christi, Texas, it was already apparent what a gem Leslie was; she had a beautiful soul and a heart of gold.
On a family trip to Colorado in the summer of 2008, they all enjoyed the beautiful ride of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad (RGRR). Unbeknownst to Leslie at the time, that was the beginning of the next 8 years of her life. She had just met their table server, Devon Cacy, who would turn out to be the love of her life, her soul mate, and her future husband. After that trip, Leslie vowed that she would be moving to Colorado, even with the doubt from her family.
Leslie started at RGRR as the Office Manager in July 2015, and with her bright mind and eagerness to learn, quickly enrolled in the conductor training class. Within two months, Leslie was fully certified as a conductor and was excelling in her position. Conducting was the perfect position for her to exude her extroverted personality, work with/interact with people, and to spread pure joy and excitement amongst each and every co-worker and train passenger she encountered.
Always wanting to achieve more and to further her education, Leslie began train engineer training only four weeks ago. She was a complete natural and picked up engineering very quickly. Leslie was also preparing for her GRE exam for entrance into UCCS's Geropsychology Master's program after completing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Her dream job was to be a geriatric psychologist with an animal emphasis.
The RGRR train played an integral part of their lives. Before being married on October 4, 2015 in Estes Park, Colorado, the couple invited all of their friends and family to partake in a first-class dinner on the train as their rehearsal dinner.
Leslie leaves behind an incredible legacy of genuine love, loyalty, pure happiness and joy. Any individual or animal that crossed paths with Leslie was truly blessed to experience the genuine ray of sunshine that she was. Any person that Leslie met was family to her, and was known to frequently call friends and family for no reason at all - just to say "Hi".
Leslie thoroughly enjoyed hiking, biking and camping throughout various scenic areas of Colorado. If there was a Cowboys football game on, she would find a way to watch it wherever she was - even if they got beat by Devon's beloved Broncos. What Leslie valued the most, though, was spending time with family and friends. She would choose spending time with family over any other option, cherished every moment she got to spend with you, and always greeted you and said "see you later" with a huge hug and a kiss.
Equally as important to Leslie were her fur-babies. She treated every dog or animal as if they were her own, and stopped to meet every dog she saw during her day. She strongly believed in adopting and giving dogs a second chance, especially in adopting senior pets. Leslie was also known to be able to recall the dogs that she encountered as a Client Care Specialist at the Fremont Veterinary Hospital when she saw them and their owners out in public.
The Cacy and Padilla families greatly appreciate the tremendous out-pour of love and support during this unfathomable process. The Royal Gorge Route Railroad family has also been incredibly supportive. We ask the media for privacy as we get through this difficult time.
Services are scheduled for Monday, June 6 with Visitation at 10am and the Service at 11am. All services are located at the Canon Community Baptist Church in Canon City. Flowers should be sent to the care of Harwood Funeral Home (516 North 10th Street, Canon City, CO 81212).
We have set-up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Leslie's memorial: gofund.me/lesliecacy
We are so touched by everyone's outpouring of love and support for Leslie. However, we shouldn't be surprised, because we know what an incredible person she is, and she would do the exact same for us.
Because of so, we have raised our goal in hopes of continuing to spread the word with more friends and family. Please share the link - there are an astronomical number of people's lives that Leslie touched!
Please share the link with friends and family of Devon and Leslie, as neither of them have a Facebook account.
The Padilla & Cacy family
Me & Leslie use to work together at Drs. Mcintyre. She was also a friend outside of work. I had lost contact with her over the years. But when I heard the news it broke my heart tremendously. She was such a sweet caring person. I could honestly say she's one of a kind. How I love her sweet smile she was a living angel.
PS to prior post: We were very blessed to have met Leslie however brief.
I want to share a story about Leslie and her graciousness as a conductor. We met Leslie very briefly this past Christmas. Our six year old loves going on the Santa Express. This past Christmas there was a bit of goof with pictures with Santa where we were summoned back to the train after we had already gotten off. As we returned to the train we met Leslie who escorted us back and waited until we were done. She was kind and very conscientious of our safety. When she could have just seen us off, she took us to the engine and took pictures of my family in front of the engine then honored us by posing for pictures with our son. We
Leslie was one of the sweetest persons I had the pleasure of becoming good friends with my junior and senior year of high school. And recently we were able to reconnect. She hadn't changed one bit, her beautiful smile grew even bigger if that's possible. I still cannot believe she physically will not be here but I know everyone she touched has now gained an angel. I miss her terribly. To her wonderful husband and family I am thinking of you all and keeping you in my prayers.
The amount of love shared on this page just goes to show how much happiness Leslie brought to everyone she met and very loved she is ❤️
I am missing Leslie's hugs right now. When ever I was lost or hurt she would be there to put me back together. Sometimes with words or just sitting with me while I cried, or feeding me with her awesome tacos :) Working with her was a pleasure. Being her friend was an honor. To all of her family, friends, and furbabies, I send you my love.