Leo Edward Linbeck, Jr. died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, June 8, 2013. He was born on August 12, 1934, and with the exception of a few short periods, lived his entire life in Houston, Texas.
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He was a loving husband, devoted father, successful businessman, expansive polymath, and dedicated servant of his community, state, and nation. Most of all, he was a man of strong and abiding faith, a steadfast follower of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and His Roman Catholic Church.
He was a lifelong parishioner at St. Anne Catholic Church. He attended St. Anne Catholic School, St. Thomas High School (Class of 1952), and the University of Notre Dame (Class of 1956). He also briefly attended law school at the University of Texas at Austin, before joining the family construction business.
He was a builder. He built buildings, organizations, and communities. For more than 50 years, he worked at Linbeck Group, the construction management firm started by his father. Beginning as a carpenter and ending as Senior Chairman, he provided leadership, energy, and vision, guiding the company through many business cycles. He was co-founder of Texans for Lawsuit Reform and Americans for Fair Taxation, and served on numerous boards, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (Chairman), Duke Energy Corporation, MD Anderson Foundation, The Bionomics Institute, Daniel Industries, Inc., GeoQuest International Holdings, Inc., International Systems & Controls, John Hancock Advisers, Inc., MorningStar Foods Inc., and The Southland Corporation. He also led the Bonfire Commission at Texas A&M University and served on the Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.
He had many avocations including golf, hunting, fishing, and public policy. He was an extraordinary conversationalist; he had an uncanny knack for always finding something interesting to discuss with whomever he met. He was compassionate, energetic, contemplative, and evangelized for Jesus Christ by living a life of virtue.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Connie; and his parents: Patti Ruth and Leo Linbeck, Sr.
He is survived by his wife, Bette; his sisters: Poppy Doyle and Suzanne Reynolds; his brothers-in-law: Stokes A. Baird, Larry Craddock, Peter Doyle, and Fisher Reynolds; his sisters-in-law: Mary Scott Baird and Mary Craddock; his six children: Tammy Casey, Leo Linbeck III, Betsy Garibaldi, Andrew Linbeck, Patrick Linbeck, and Mary Clark Granberry; his three step-children: Terry Smith, Townes Pressler, and Molly Lamme; his sons-in-law: Bob Casey, John Garibaldi, Chris Granberry, Duncan Lamme, and Tommy Smith; his daughters-in-law: Bayard Linbeck, Ellen Linbeck, Shanna Linbeck, and Kathleen Pressler; his 27 grandchildren: Anna Claire, Berhane, Carolina, Caroline, Christopher, Claire, Danielle, Duncan, Edward, Emily, Forrest, Francisco, Genevieve (Vivi), Henry, Julie, Katherine, Lindy, Leo IV, Maddox, Matthew, Miranda, Robert (Bobby), Ruth (Ruthie), Savanna, Thomas, Timothy, and Townes; and many more cousins, nephews, and nieces.
A rosary will be held at five o'clock in the evening on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX, 77098, with a reception following at the Parish Hall. A funeral mass will be held at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St Joseph Parkway, Houston, TX 77002, on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at two o'clock in the afternoon, with a reception to follow at a location to be announced. Friends are welcome to both of these ceremonies. A private interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory to Americans for Fair Taxation, P.O. Box 27487, Houston, TX 77227 or at fairtax.org.
Published in Houston Chronicle from June 9 to June 12, 2013