1926-2015 William Burnett LeBlanc (Bill) died in Spring, Texas, on October 4, 2015, at the age of 89. Bill is survived by his three children: son Robert Crockett LeBlanc and wife Cindy of Lafayette, Louisiana, daughter Fadra LeBlanc Day and husband Richard of Waldport, Oregon, and Frederick Burnett LeBlanc and wife Cindy of Spring, Texas; five grandchildren: Blythe Day, Brook Day, Dylan LeBlanc, Yvette LeBlanc and Claire LeBlanc; and four great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father, Henry J. LeBlanc Sr., and mother, Wilma Burnett LeBlanc, and also by his three siblings: Henry J. LeBlanc Jr., Lorraine Jones, and Robert E. LeBlanc. Bill was born on September 19, 1926, in Port Arthur, Texas, to Henry Joseph LeBlanc Sr. and Wilma Burnett LeBlanc. He attended school in Port Arthur through 11th grade, and upon his 18th birthday, joined the Navy in September of 1944. After World War II, Bill completed high school and began work at The Standard Brass and Manufacturing Company in Port Arthur. During his employment with Standard Brass, he lived in Houston, Texas, during the early 1950's, and New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as in Port Arthur. In 1976, after almost thirty years of employment at Standard Brass, Bill was a principle in creation and ownership of Conservation Services, Inc. in Port Arthur. Upon the sale of Conservation Services, Bill retired to Rockport Texas, where he lived from 1980 to 2006. In 2006, Bill moved to Spring Texas. Bill was a man who lived a full life of outdoor and social activities. He was an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life, spending extended time hunting ducks and geese in the marshes around Clam Lake, and fishing in Sabine Lake, the Gulf and reservoirs of the Port Arthur area. Upon his retirement to Rockport, Bill pursued trout and redfish regularly in Aransas and Copano Bays and was very fond of hunting quail with his pointers. In addition, Bill was a horseman in his early years, enjoying western riding on quarter horses. Bill enjoyed golf, playing many rounds over the years at both Port Arthur Country Club and Rockport Country Club. Bill was also a very social person, fond of music, dancing and good company. A graveside service is scheduled for November 14th at 1pm at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Port Arthur, with a reception to follow at the Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the National Parkinson Foundation (www.parkinson.org). The family would like to thank all the caregivers from Altus Hospice Care, Helen's Care Cottage, and The Broadmoor at Creekside Park for their care and dedication to Bill.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise from Oct. 22 to Nov. 8, 2015