Leon Mitchell II
1984 - 2020
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Leon Mitchell II
May 21, 1984 - December 25, 2020
Tacoma, Washington - Leon Mitchell II, age 36, passed away peacefully in his home Friday December 25, 2020. Leon is survived by his parents, Tyrone & Barbara Coleman; sister, Denise Mitchell; Brothers, Tyrone Coleman, Xavier Ortiz, & Julio Feliciano; son, Leon Mitchell III; Daughter, London Mitchell; nephews, Kei-vonne Jones & Major Robinson; niece, Lucy Robinson, and His wife, soulmate and forever his Ole' Lady, Jennita Mitchell. Leon lived a vibrant life, he leaves behind an everlasting footprint in his community of Tacoma, WA and an even bigger one through his social media followings. Leon fought his first battle with a rare form of cancer at the young age of 20. Through all the obstacles Leon faced with chemo and radiation his smile never left him. He started telling himself "Knot Now Or Ever", will I let this disease beat me. Leon won that first battle and nothing was going to stop him from being the best version of himself. Leon became active in his community, starting with his clothing line K.N.O.E. (Knot Now Or Ever) after the mantra he and his wife used to get through each day. From that he connected with so many great people who loved his city just as much as he did and wanted better for our future youth. Through speaking events from elementary school level to panels of professors, Leon left his mark. Leon strived at his place of work as well, he grabbed every opportunity that was given and always hit the pavement running. He got his last promotion February 2020 as a D/R Floor/Pit manager at Emerald Queen Casino. That place will never be the same without him. If you are ever there in the morning hours and hear the knock and clap when a dealer drops a tip, think of Leon because he created that and it will forever live on. On January 3, 2020 Leon and his family were hit again with the words "you have cancer". Leon carried himself with so much positivity and strength, sharing his most vulnerable moments with his family and friends. Leon loved life and no matter how bad the day got, he loved HIS life! In June/July Leon's scans came back clean, he had done it once again a 2x champ! Leon fought hard for his road to recover. Cancer did not beat Leon, but sometimes the body is just too tired after the battle. Leon left us with so many great memories, laughter, and love. He will forever be a family man who loved his wife and kids something fierce. He has left his mark in this world and our lives are forever changed by him.
The family has decided to celebrate Leon's life on Friday May 21, 2021. Time and place TBA


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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Jan. 8, 2021.
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January 16, 2021
Prayers go out to the Mitchell family. Leon was a huge inspiration to not only myself but to everybody that came in contact with him. Leon was and still is the heart and soul of Tacoma and he will be truly missed. “Knot Now Or Ever”
Paula Manning
Friend
January 13, 2021
Leon was an amazing inspiration always showed such positive energy. He will truly be missed in our community. I will wear my K.N.O.E shirts with pride! T-birds for life.
Christina feeder
Friend
January 12, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Chris Fieber and family
Coworker
January 11, 2021
Leon was and always be a inspiration he's touched a nation he impowered so many and saved lifes this world will never be the same I met him in high-school and he was always funny and caring watching his journey he never gave up and inspired everyone life won't be the same.. praying for his wife and kids and family
Tanya Bartlett
Friend
January 11, 2021
Leon ..what can I say you were 1 of a kind.it was an honor to call you my friend.Patrick Gosenberg
Patrick Albert Gosenberg
Friend
January 10, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Benita Frederick
Friend
January 10, 2021
Sending my condolence to you and the family prayers sent for comfort and strength through this time of sorrow, love Benita Frederick, Andrew's mother
Benita Frederick
Friend
January 9, 2021
My condolences to the Mitchell family. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Corinne McKernan.
Classmate
January 8, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss Mitchell family He definitely has left behind some big shoes to fill. May he rest in love and peace. Hug my brother Les for me as you guys reunite at the pearly gates.
Sila
Acquaintance
January 8, 2021
I think of Leon when things get tough. I am so grateful that I had a chance to participate in life with him, even ever so briefly. May his family carry the torch that he lit, may it continue to shine brightly for the next generation. His message of grit and determination in the face of adversity is needed by all. I am praying for the family especially Leon and London. Thanks for sharing your dad with us.
Mr. Neil
Friend
January 8, 2021
My deepest condolences to Leon’s family and especially his children, my thoughts and prayers are with you all ♥
Lindsey
Acquaintance
January 8, 2021
Rest easy big guy! Left us with what a man looks like!
Charles Pace
Acquaintance
January 8, 2021
Dear Leon, while life is not promised. I am glad yours was spared long enough to teach us and to enjoy the love of your beautiful family. Thank you for the time and spirit you shared. Love Poppie
Gregory Thompson
Family
January 8, 2021
When I was a sophomore,Leon was a senior. Leon and I shared a class together. TV Productions, in that class, trying to fit in, I sat at the table nearest to where he and a few others were sitting. Leon, very outgoing reached out to me and just got to know me, then when it came time to do class projects. Leon asked me to work with him. Class after class we became closer and closer. Talking about families, sports, and the most common discussion, music. I remember Busta Rhymes dropped an album titled "Genesis" and Leon and I would sit in the 'control room' in TV Productions and we would THUUUUMP that album. The teacher Mr. Killion would come in and puff his chest out to get us to turn it off. But Leon, quick witted and charming wouldn't budge and would convince Mr Killion that he was overreacting. Eventually, me and Leons interactions extended beyond the class. Dap in the hallways. Conversations before school, after school, during passing period or popping our heads into each others classes. By extension and association, my popularity began to rise. People saw me associated with Leon and other Seniors and began talking to me. Which at that point in my life, was crucial. At that age, I needed affirmation. Fast forward to now, I have always loved and appreciated and reflected on Leon and what he did for me without knowing in my teenage years. The seniors I hung out with my Senior year always were missed, but the one I missed the most was Leon. I bought a K.N.O.E shirt a few years ago and I was so proud to wear it, knowing I was representing a man I admired and respected. Social media and messenger reconnected me with Leon and I was inspired and so proud of the man he became. His energy, his attitude, his humble heart, his unwavering faith and his pure unconditional love he displayed to the world is beautiful. I aspired to be on his level in highschool, and that continues into manhood, as a husband and father, if I am 25% of the man he was I would consider myself lucky.

Leon, thank you. For doing something for me that you had no idea you did. You were larger than life to so many people, you knew you were great, but im not sure if you know on what scale. You were that humble.

To his wife, and his beautiful children. My prayers are for your hearts. I pray that in this heartbreaking time that the LORD is the focus. That your trust, patience, aches and pains are all thrusted towards Him. I pray that the Spirit fills your hearts. I pray for peace and joy.

Scripture, God's word promises those who trust in Him will inherit the Kingdom. Followers will rest in Heaven and one day Heaven will decend and we will one day live in the New Earth. Hold onto hope and faith in God. One day you 3 will be reunited with the incredible husband and father that has parted away from you.

Thank you Leon. Rest Peacefully. God Bless you.
Ryan A McDougall
Friend
January 8, 2021
I found Leon on IG, like many people, and I was always touched by his optimism and positivity. He was an amazing man and I'm sorry our paths never physically crossed. I hope he is resting in paradise now. Heaven gained an amazing angel, that's for sure! Rest in power, King.
clarissa marie devine
Acquaintance
January 8, 2021
I would like to Leon what a great inspirational to us all I loved minions Facebook quotes if they were full of positive vibes he is going to be deeply missed
Samuel Roberta
Friend
January 8, 2021
I'm not dead, I'm just swapping the rooms I live in you and go through your dreams.
Michelangelo
I loving memory
Karen
Family
January 8, 2021
Phenomenal Man
Diane Huertas
Family
January 8, 2021
Leon was very inspiring and I will not forget him or his heartfelt gratitude he displayed daily. He was truly a role model. Thoughts And Prayers to his family.
Trina Yelladay
Acquaintance
January 8, 2021
What a loss to the world! He was a wonderful force for love and positivity! His presence will be missed & I’m so sorry for his families loss, sending lots of love & healing! God bless you all.x
Dit
Friend
January 8, 2021
I became a fan/follower of Leon when I stumbled across his IG page. I hit the follow button immediately! He boasted so much positivity and good vibes that it was contagious! Even on his bad days he let us strangers into his life but he remained positive! I will always remember him for that and I believe that is his legacy! My condolences and prayers go to his wife, children, and family! May his soul rest in paradise!
L.Belle
Acquaintance
January 8, 2021
I caught wind of Leon on Instagram. Let’s just say that I knew that he was a God fearing brother with a good heart. Seeing how he loved and doted on his wife and kids, hope he inspired others, and was a ray of love and joy is rare!! I know that it hurts so bad that he’s gone. I can’t imagine the pain and the weight of his loss. I will continue to pray for you all!

God bless you and keep you!

Mrs. Akasia S. Jarrett-Watkins
Akasia Jarrett-Watkins
Acquaintance
January 8, 2021
Blessings to your family and my condolences - The Steward Family
Friend
January 8, 2021
My condolences to Leon's entire family. Through Social Media is where I connected with Leon and his story. Powerful presence had. Scrolling through my timeline I would see his post and after reading I felt calm. Almost daily his post poured into me of gratitude. No coincidence I stumbled across Leon's page. So many times my cup was on empty and Leon filled me. I pray Leon's family is wrapped in love and strength for all days. PEACE AND BLESSINGS
BRITTTANY M.
January 8, 2021
What an amazing man you are..Forever in my ... #myforeverfriend
Tifannie
Friend
January 8, 2021
Rest In Peace Leon. I didn’t know you, but found your Instagram and immediately followed you. It was obvious how incredible of a person you were, and how strong you were during your battles.
The world lost a really great guy, but I am sure he is looking down on his family smiling.
Thank you for always being positive, I know you helped me put things into perspective, and I am sure I am not the only one.
Graham
January 8, 2021
Rest In Peace Leon. I didn’t know you, but found your Instagram and immediately followed you. It was obvious how incredible of a person you were, and how strong you were during your battles.
The world lost a really great guy, but I am sure he is looking down on his family smiling.
Thank you for always being positive, I know you helped me put things into perspective, and I am sure I am not the only one.
Graham
January 8, 2021
Leon was a powerful person in my life. The years I’ve known him. We spoke positivity into each other’s lives. He was like a brother and I will miss our talks. I pray for him and his loving family. May he continue to watch over all of his loved ones and protect you all. God bless and fly high Leon.
Khadijah Johnson
Friend
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