Leonard Strear began his career by delivering dressed poultry to customers on his bicycle for his father’s small poultry processing plant in the 1930’s. He later served in WWII, received numerous medals of valor, then returned and guided the family business, Longmont Foods, to become the world’s largest privately held integrated turkey operation employing 1500 people. When the company was eventually acquired by a Fortune 500 company, Leonard remained intimately involved in charitable organizations throughout Colorado focusing on childhood education, care for the needy, senior education, health care and care for the elderly.