Donald Earl Leavell, 81, of Roswell, died on Aug. 2, 2013, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Trinity United Methodist Church. Pastor Glenn Thyrion of Trinity United Methodist Church will officiate.
He was born on Jan. 21, 1932, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Wilbur and Annie Mae Leavell, who have preceded him in death, as well as one brother, three sisters and two sons: Jake Leavell and Roy Welborn.
Don got his education in Indianapolis where he later joined the United States Air Force at the end of the Korean War. He and his first wife, Shirley, and their family settled in Roswell. He was later employed as an electronic technician with Federal Aviation Administration and was the Roswell sector field office chief. After retiring from the government, he worked part-time repairing bank equipment for many banks in Roswell. He also worked part-time for the Tom Madsen Truck Company.
Don received his pilot’s license at a young adult age. He spent some of his younger years raising homing pigeons. He would travel everywhere releasing them and waiting for them to return home. He had many hobbies. He loved building remote control airplanes and flying them. He also loved motorcycles, enduros, races and riding with his family and friends.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and a lot of different organizations in his younger and older years. He was a member of the Pecos Valley Amateur Radio Club. He enjoyed the annual tradition of elk hunting in Colorado. Don loved the mountains. He also really loved boxing on TV and surfed the channels constantly. Peg got used to it and finally started liking them (HAHA). The kids all learned they better not change the channel.
There was a softer side of Don. He loved his kids, grandkids and great-grandchildren. They loved Paw Paw’s attention, as well. Most of all, we’ll remember him as the guy who took time from this busy world to drop it and visit and to tell jokes for fun and laughter even though everyone had to drop everything when he arrived. He would always say, “Oh well, everyone needs a break.”
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Peggy; sons: Keith “Bud” Leavell and wife, Sharon, of Arlington, Texas, Gene P. Leavell and wife, Anne, of Lubbock, Texas, and Bill Welborn, of Belen; daughters: Donna Leavell, of Roswell, Margie Stevens and husband, Larry, of Roswell, Beverly Kutzner and husband, Randy, of Snyder, Texas; daughter-in-law: Juanita Leavell, of San Diego, Calif.; sister-in-law: Ruth Ann Leavell of Ohio; also 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Condolences can be made online at lagronefuneralchapels.com. Arrangements are under the personal direction of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.