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David Leake
September 13, 1943 -- August 25, 2021
"David Hobson Leake passed away on August 25, 2021 in Dallas, Texas, after a lengthy battle with cancer. 
He was born on September 13, 1943 in Dallas, Texas, the second of four children to Betty Skillern Leake (Baird) and Sam A. Leake. He attended Highland Park High School and the University of Texas at Austin, where he was an SAE. 

David served in the U.S. Navy and later worked in several fields including owning a travel business and co-owning a Kawasaki motorcycle dealership. He loved working on the family farm near Sherman, Texas. 

David had many friends, those maintained from childhood and university days, but also younger friends who treasured their time with him. He was known for his playful and often surprising wit and for his way of looking at the world which was utterly his own. He was the best of company and was much loved. 

David was a devoted traveler and made many national and international trips over the years, often sharing his adventures with his great friends. He was always up for another trip. He lived for a few years in Miami where he owned boats and was fascinated by the manatees he encountered around the Miami Beach Marina. An animal lover, David was rarely without a dog. 

David is survived by his devoted friend Cody Peters, his brother, Sam Skillern Leake, Sam’s partner Ginger Twichell, as well as his sister, Nancy Leake Abelanet, and her husband, Marc Abelanet. He is also survived by his sister-in-law of many years, Kathy Leake, and six nephews and their families, Sam Skillern Leake, Jr., John Sears Leake, Michael Wilson Leake, and David Russell Leake, as well as John Daniel Leake and George Michael Borth and their families. He was predeceased by his younger brother, John Wilson Leake. 

A private celebration of his life is being planned for October. 

Contributions in his name may be made to the animal shelter of your choice." 

 

Kevin Bain

Close Friend of David

Condolences

Bonnie Baber DePoi October 06, 2021

longtime friend Scott , Louisiana

Without having David on this earth, it's the end of an era! I met David when I was 19 years old, attending college at SMU in Dallas and away from my hometown of New Orleans for the first time. There was no one quite like David! So gentle and kind. So funny and quick-witted. I could talk with him about anything. He had a huge impact on my life, from helping me get my first IBM computer in the '80s, to letting me stay up all night in his home office doing college essays and later writing magazine articles, since he always had the latest, greatest computer and printer equipment. Then there were swim parties at his home on High Oaks Dr., often accompanied by a margarita machine! Those days were so much fun. I will truly miss my friend and will think of him always. Much love forever and always, Bonnie