Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Leon F. Davidson of Lubbock this evening beginning with a Rosary at 5:30 p.m., followed by a time of visiting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers located at 6025 82nd Street. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church followed by burial in Resthaven Memorial Park. Mr. Davidson died on Nov. 28, 2010.
He was born on May 12, 1927, in Wellington, Texas, to the late Raymond and Bessie Mae (Ford) Davidson. He graduated from Spade High School in 1945. After graduation, Leon entered the Navy and was stationed in San Diego. Upon being discharged, he moved to Lubbock and attended Texas Technological College, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. He met and married Louise Mengwasser on Feb. 5, 1949, in Lubbock. Upon graduation from Texas Tech, he was employed by Snook and Aderton, Inc. Leon eventually purchased the company as well as created and operated Combustion Service Company; he retired in 1989. Leon was an active member and officer of several professional societies in his lifetime such as Texas Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Heating and Refrigeration Engineers, as well as on the Texas Tech Industrial Engineering Advisory Board. Leon also served in the Naval Reserves for many years and transferred to the retired reserves in 1972 at the rank of Lieutenant.
His family was very important to him and he always had a pet name to greet a family member. Leon enjoyed numerous activities throughout his life. He had a passion for flying and was a private pilot of his own plane for many years. He loved to hunt and was an avid fisherman. He took many fishing trips with family and friends around the country, Mexico and Canada. He loved to golf at his home courses of Lakeridge and Hillcrest and taught all of his family how to play. Later in life, he enjoyed weekly lunches with the Friday lunch bunch that ate on Thursdays. Leon was an avid snow skier as well; some of the most memorable vacations were ski trips to Crested Butte, Colo., with the whole family. Leon enjoyed making wooden items such as chests, desks, boats and soap box derby cars. He taught his children how to use their hands in making and constructing items as well as being instrumental in teaching his children outdoor holiday decorating techniques.
Leon's ultimate craft was to design and build three homes. Leon loved to travel by land, sea, or air and has seen every state in the union as well as visited every continent in the world. Leon enjoyed the water and took his family to Lake Brownwood every summer since the early '50s. The tradition has now become so ingrained in the family that the grandchildren and great-grandchildren schedule the summer around the lake. Two grandchildren even planned their wedding dates around the lake vacation.
Leon enjoyed music and dancing. He was a member of Christ the King Cathedral and Holy Spirit Catholic Church. This is just a snapshot of the very active and outgoing life that Leon was fortunate to enjoy. His family and friends will miss him very much. It is now a blessing that he has gone to be with his of wife of 61 years in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Survivors include sons, Larry and wife Jackie and Wayne and wife Vicki, all of Lubbock, Rex and wife Jennifer of San Antonio, Alan and wife Ruthanne, and Gail Graham and husband Bruce, all of Amarillo; grandchildren, Alissa Tubbs and husband Jake of Mansfield, Heath Davidson and wife Lyndsey of Lubbock, Shila Ison and husband Jim of Keller, Brett Davidson and wife Beth of Lubbock, A.J., Gina, Aaron, James, Taylor, Mary, Jacob, David and Olivia; great-grandchildren, Trevor, Jak, Trenton, Sydney and Austin; sister, Ramona McLaughlin of Lubbock; sister-in-law, Betty Davidson of California; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Along with his parents, Leon was preceded in death by his wife, Louise; brother, Hugh; and brothers-in-law, Gene McLaughlin, Robert Mengwasser, John Bindel and Dick Prentiss.
Leon was extremely thankful for all the loving care he received from Nortina Stewart and the staff at Wilshire Place. Memorials can be made to Holy Spirit Catholic Church of Lubbock and the Alzheimer's Association. To send your condolences and view a tribute through photos and music, visit www.memorialdesigners.net.