Leonard Dolezal and his late wife Evelyn spent the better part of their lives farming land they owned in Linn and Johnson counties.
The couple, married 55 years before Evelyn’s death in 1999, lived a life devoted to faith, family, and their land. Loyal supporters of Catholic education, the Dolezals have long shown their generosity to Regis and Xavier High Schools and are recognized Heritage Society members of the Xavier Foundation. Their son Ken is a Regis 1964 alum.
Most recently, Leonard donated 21 acres of land and a house, located in SW Cedar Rapids, to the Xavier High School Foundation. The house and the land were subsequently sold at auction on October 8, 2011. The gift, appraised at more than $250,000, will be added to the Xavier Foundation endowment fund to provide long-term support for Xavier High School. This unique gift offers tax advantages to the donor, allowing them to take a tax deduction for the current appraised value of the property, without having to pay taxes on the capital gains.
Xavier Foundation Executive Director Jody Ruff said of the donation, “This is a wonderfully generous gift, and we are so grateful to Leonard. With the current demand for farm land, we were able to sell this land quickly and invest the proceeds which will provide benefits to Xavier students for years to come.”