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Don S. Leaman

BEDFORD-Don S. Leaman lost his battle with Alzheimer’s and passed peacefully on Thursday, March 12, 2020. He was able to live his final days at home and was surrounded by his family who loved him dearly.
Celebration of Life:  Given the current environment, the family has decided to cancel the service set for April 18th at First Colleyville in Colleyville, Texas.
Don Leaman was a man of relationships. To everyone who was fortunate to know him, he provided what they truly wanted in a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, friend, business owner and mentor. He was always loving, always caring, always available and always glad to see you. He was an engaged listener that was genuinely interested in the other person – offering companionship, empathy, encouragement and comfort. He was pure as any man can be – thinking the best of others, dedicated to people not things, valuing integrity and honesty as a standard for life. He had no time-consuming hobbies because he enjoyed people too much. It was always fun to be with him because he joined all activities with full enthusiasm, often spontaneously breaking into a song or yodel. His physical presence at any event was a time of joy, laughter and happiness.
Don was a devout Christian and knew his God. Around the age of 32, he dedicated the remainder of his life to developing a personal relationship with God and serving Him. He prayed daily and read scripture to find peace and guidance and diligently served God wherever and whenever he was called. He wanted others to have the opportunity to know the God that he knew. With Jesus as his example and the Bible as his guide, he volunteered his time at numerous non-profit organizations, including the FW Jaycees, the Eastside YMCA, Expanco, SafeHaven of Tarrant County, Texas CASA, Harris HEB, and Alliance for Children, and was also a dedicated ombudsman. He was a long-time employer of Cenikor workers and encouraged his employees to deliver Meals on Wheels. Although there was no pressure placed on others, he built a chapel at his company and had Marketplace Ministries’ chaplains there weekly for over 35 years to offer prayer, comfort and guidance to employees and their families.
Don Leaman was born on April 21, 1934 and was raised on the east side of Fort Worth, Texas. He never desired to live far from his childhood home. A Poly ’52 and TCU ’56 grad, he stayed close to many schoolmates, continued to Poly drag, and wore purple frequently. He served his country as a Captain in the Air Force and immediately moved back to Fort Worth to start his career. After working for 1st Container for several years, Don started his own successful business in 1974, Leaman Container. Upon his retirement, he spent his last years in love, travelling the world, volunteering and enjoying the love of his friends and extended family.
Don lived a long and happy life. He knew he was blessed and was thankful for it. He was not afraid of death and he was ready to meet the God he knew so well. He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Helen Leaman; his two sisters, Patsy O’Neill and Phyllis Ryan.
Survivors: He is survived by his wife, Beth; children, Mark Leaman and his wife Marie; Terri Thompson; Steve Leaman and his wife Janan; Todd Fairbanks and his wife Natalie; Corey Fairbanks; and eleven grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

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Condolence Messages

  1. A beautifully written obituary and wonderful tribute to Don. Our love and prayers are with you all.

  2. Deborah Cartwright

    To know and be in the presence of Don Leaman was a joyful honor. His sense of humor and humanity was infectious. His values and inspiration has been passed along to his family who live richly in the Leaman tradition. Rest in Peace, Don.

  3. My Heartfelt condolences to Mark, Terry, and Steve in the loss of your dad. Don was a great man, full of life, personality, and charm. I know you will miss him. Prayers and sympathy to you and your families.

  4. Melissa Austin-Weeks

    I loved being around your dad. He was always so kind and genuinely interested in me. I have such fond memories of growing up in your home, your high school graduation party at Woodhaven, and seeing how happy your dad was being with his friends to celebrate his 50th reunion from TCU. Hold onto the sweet memories of the past to comfort you in the days ahead. Your dad is already working on the next Brady Brunch house in heaven with your mom. I love you.

  5. I am glad that I had a chance to be with Don many times. We always spoke about family even on a business lunch. He was always the ultimate professional. In short a GOOD MAN.

  6. I remember Don from my days working at Four Seasons. Truly a great guy to work with.

  7. Jean Dixon Gorham

    Tom and I had the privilege of knowing Don and his family. I join his many friends in recalling wonderful memories of tiimes shared.

  8. I worked for Don at Leaman Container. I loved that he had a Chapel at the plant and also that he brought in a Chaplain every Friday. He was the most caring and thoughtful human being. I hated when I had to leave there and he made me cry upon leaving. God bless to the family and cherish the wonderful memories .

  9. My thoughts and prayers are with the Leaman Family.

  10. Though I only new him a short time before his retirement. I knew he was well liked and appreciated as a friend and business partner. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family.
    Ron Miller
    Four Seasons

  11. I had the great privilege and honor of knowing Don Leaman, early in my career.

    I always enjoyed the business relationship that our two companies had and more importantly, enjoyed and appreciated the kind and decent man of integrity that he was.

    My sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the Family.

  12. A wonderful man and and customer. Always treated suppliers with great respect and fairness.The industry already missed him and now we pray that he reaps his just rewards.

  13. I knew and worked with Don for many years. He was a man of integrity. My thoughts and prayers go to the entire Leaman family.

  14. Sally Bettinger

    Oh Terri, Mark, and Steve I know your heart is squeezed right now, and my heart hurts for you all. What a wonderful dad you had❣️The obituary is wonderful, it blessed my heart. He meant so much to so many. He had the most amazing fun parties for his employees and families which we were privileged to get to be. We have some wonderful memories. He was a Godly mentor for Chuck and I believe he had a huge part of making him the man he is today. Terri, we have you to thank for that. He gave my sons their first leather bound Bibles, and Chuck his job that made him a successful businessman. You kids were blessed and so were we❣️ Love and prayers for you all

  15. My condolences to the Leaman family. I had the pleasure of doing business with Don for several years. He was always a fair and pleasant person to do business with even when business problems developed. He was a true gentleman.

  16. Sure did love this man! So glad I got to see him at my mom’s funeral. He meant so much to our family and we have so many fond memories with him. Love and comfort to the Leaman family.

    Michelle “Taylor” Sims

  17. My deepest sympathies and condolences to the entire Leaman family and all those close to Don. Don was so much fun to be around and treated all around him as if they were the most important person in the room. Even now, thinking of him brings a smile to my face and I am positive that will never change. He was a truly great guy and I am a better man for knowing him.

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