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Pastor praises motorcyclist killed in crash

Posted: March 17, 2012 - 9:48pm  |  Updated: March 18, 2012 - 12:25am
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A Lubbock County man with a kind heart and a passion for motorcycles died doing what he loved, his pastor said Saturday.

Leonard Garland Bryan Jr., 60, died Wednesday at University Medical Center after a motorcycle crash on rain-slicked highway March 10 on Texas 207 in Briscoe County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

After officiating Bryan’s funeral Saturday, Ray Perryman, pastor of Lubbock County’s Cowboy Church of the South Plains, recalled knowing the father of three more than 10 years and learning about his passions for life and riding.

“He was a phenomenal man that loved to ride motorcycles, loved his family and loved his God,” Perryman said. “I think the thing that stood out the most about Leonard was how much he loved his bride, his wife, Sue.”

He said Bryan was an active member of the Christian Motorcycle Association Son Shine Riders #11 and often donated much of his time to the organization and the church.

“He rode all over on trips for them and volunteered a lot of his time,” Perryman said. “He was a very quiet man, but he was very generous.”

Bryan also was veteran of the United States Navy who worked 21 years for the Texas Department of Transportation.

Investigators believe Bryan was driving his 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle in wet and rainy conditions north along a curve on the highway near mile marker 168 when his rear wheel lost traction. The motorcycle fish-tailed and left the highway to the left, hitting a reflective delineator pole on the side of the road.

Bryan’s body was thrown 15 feet from the motorcycle. Investigators believe he was wearing a helmet.

A DPS trooper from Briscoe County continued investigating the crash Saturday.

According Bryan’s obituary, his family suggests memorials be made to the Cowboy Church of the South Plains at P.O. Box 682, Wolfforth, TX 79382, or to CMA Son Shine Riders #11, c/o Larry Viaille, 2434 24th St., Lubbock, TX 79411.

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Twitterpated--I hadn't heard

Twitterpated--I hadn't heard that word in ages. It was used to described how Leonard would get when Miss Sue would walk into the room. What sweet love! And I have a different kind of race to finish. Yesterday my life was blessed again because of Leonard.

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