I am a lifelong resident of Lake County Indiana since 1959. Grew up in East Chicago and went to grade school at Holy Trinity Croatian. My family moved to Highland and I graduated from Highland High School. My father Anthony D. Leyva was a school teacher for over thirty-five years in the school system of East Chicago and finished his career at West Side. My grandmother move to East Chicago in 1923 from Mexico and remarried to my grandpa Roque. I have one son that is currently in the U.S. Army for fifteen and half years. I am very proud of Staff Sgt. Mark Leyva.
I am currently self-employed as a carpenter. My previous employment prior to caretaking of my father before he passed was a steelworker, non-union home carpenter and then a union carpenter from IL local 434.