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Leonard L. Leighton passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2013. He was born in Corpus Christi, TX on August 13, 1937 to Eva and Sam Leighton. He moved to Laredo in 1953. While in high school, he met the love of his life, Joyce Nitishin; they married in 1957. Leonard attended Laredo Junior College and the University of Texas in Austin where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Law degree in 1961. In 1967, he earned his Master of Law degree in Taxation from New York University. Over the next 45 years he built a practice as one of the top tax attorneys in San Antonio. He also taught as an adjunct professor at St. Mary's School of Law for 25 years, where he was twice voted best professor by the students. He loved his work and continued to practice law until his death. Leonard was passionate about his love for his family. He was proud of his children's education and accomplishments. His love of UT football was hard to match. He was a charter member of the San Antonio Longhorn Club and supporter of many athletes, and rarely missed a home game. One of the things he said in his last week of life was "We finished the season on a good note," and this represents the way he felt about his life. He was an avid student of military history. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eva and Sam Leighton, and his sister, Harriett Whitman. Leonard is survived by his wife, Joyce Leighton; son, Derek Leighton and partner, Steve Ascheman; daughter, Brenda Adkinson; son, William Leighton and wife, Patty; daughter, Marla Byrd and husband, Steve; five grandchildren: Sara, Emily, Bryan, Sam and Blaine; and his beloved dog, Zeus. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the caring staff at the Start Center for Cancer Care and the nurses at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, as well as the River City Hospice for their wonderful care.
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Officiants will be Rabbi Leonardo Bitran and Hazzan Jeremy Lipton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society, 431 Isom Rd., Suite 125, San Antonio, TX 78216 www.lls.org or the Wounded Warrior Project, 12672 Silicon Drive, Suite 105, San Antonio, TX 78249.
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Published in Express-News on Jan. 15, 2013