Leo Eugene Lavin 75, 0f Milan, New Mexico passed away at his home on October 1, 2013. Leo was born in West Fork, Indiana on July 24, 1938 a son of Thomas and Bridget Lavin.\n\nLeo's entire career was in the educational field. He was a teacher and administrator, first in Indiana and then in New Mexico since the early 1980's until his retirement, his last title in New Mexico was Special Education Director. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, and his Master's Degree in Special Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Leo enjoyed traveling, and visited most of the states in the U.S. as well as a trip to China with fellow educators. \n\nAfter moving to New Mexico, he soon decided to remain there as he was attracted to the scenery. Climate and especially the people of Cibola County. Leo was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church. in Grants, New Mexico.\n\nLeo volunteered for various organizations after he retired. He remained very interested in education, in New Mexico and throughout the country.\n\nLeo was predeceased by his parents, and by his sister: Jessie Pennington of Augusta, Georgia.\n\nHe is survived by one brother: Edward Lavin of County Galway, Ireland, and two sisters: Edna McAndrews and Helen Wilson, both of Indianapolis, Indiana; also nine nephews and nieces and many great-Nephews and nieces. \n\nA Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date at Holy Cross Catholic Church, St. Croix, Indiana.