William Michael Leebron II ~ 68 "Captain Mike" passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 6th at his home in historic East Columbia from a massive heart attack after working on his beloved paddle wheeler the "Brazos Belle".
Mike was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Elk City, Oklahoma but lived most of his life in Houston and Sargent, Texas. He graduated from University of Oklahoma and Baylor Law School after serving in the U.S. Army as First Lt. Mike started his illustrious legal career representing those injured through the fault of others. He began his practice with the firm of Brown and Haden but shortly thereafter joined with Laron D. Robinson in starting his own firm Leebron & Robinson, PC. He was a partner at Fibich, Hampton, Leebron, Briggs and Josephson, LLP at the time of his death. He was the consummate trial lawyer, winning his cases while showing the utmost devotion to his clients. Ironically, those opposing him in the courtroom often revered him at the conclusion of their case.
Mike was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates, the most prestigious trial lawyer organization in the United States. Duck hunting and Texas history were two of Mike's biggest passions. His love of people kept him busy at his bar, Belle's Landing or on his paddleboat teaching others the importance of local history and river conservation. Mike had so many talents and interests but will be most remembered for the number of lives he touched with his generous spirit and honest interest in his friends and new friends that he met every day.
Mike is survived by his partner of 19 years Marlene Mouchette, his daughter and light of his life Chausey Leebron Jameson, Chausey's mother Diane Leebron, grandson Luke Leebron Jameson, son-in-law Sam Jameson, sister Mary Dangelmayr and husband John, sister Andrea Leebron Clay and husband Jim, brother Jack Leebron and wife Linda and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Mike will be missed by his beloved family of rescued dogs, Griz, Bumper, Cedar, Ozzie and Thor.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your local animal rescue organization.
A service and celebration of Mike's life will be held at the historic Parador Houston, 2021 Binz Street, Houston Texas 77004 from 2:30 to 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 11, 2013.
Published in Houston Chronicle from July 10 to July 11, 2013