Leon Samuel Keene, Leprechaun, 74, passed away Dec. 27, 2013 in Kalispell. Leon was born Feb. 16, 1939, the 3rd of eight children to Leona Margaret Keene and Arlo Thompson Keene in Bozeman. He graduated from Bozeman High School in 1958.
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He moved to Southern California in the early 1960s where he became a certified electrician, and worked for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft, Central Lighting, and traveled with the Grand Land Singers. He had a part in the movie "Little Cigars," released in 1973, and played the Leprechaun in a movie about mountain men.
Leon moved to Cody, Wyo. in the early 1990s where he worked as a side attraction at Buffalo Bill's museum. He returned to Whitefish, Mont. in 1996. He was very active in the Mountain Men Rendezvous re-enactment. He was known as Leprechaun and his homemade jams, jellies, and beads he sold.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, brother, Harold (Weird Harold), and sister, Margaret (Peggy) Lindgren. He is survived by his brothers, Alan Keene, Tulsa, Okla.; Arthur Keene, Bozeman, Mont.; sisters, Avis Barnes (Gary), Montrose, Colo.; Sharon Teixeira, Newark, Calif.; Sheila Keene-Larsen (George), Grass Valley, Calif.; his companion of nine years Patti Wright, Whitefish, Mont. and many nieces and nephews.
A large celebration will be held this summer, time and place to be determined. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Art Keene, 802 N. 17th #33, Bozeman, MT 59715, or to the
. Friends are encouraged to visit our website at www.buffalohillfh.com to leave notes of condolences for the family.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 8, 2014