Leroy Denman
1918 - 2015
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February 18, 1918 - August 29, 2015
Leroy Gilbert Denman, Jr., 97 of San Antonio, Texas, saw his long and productive life draw to a close on Saturday, August 29th.

The son of Mary Louise Carter Denman and Leroy Gilbert Denman, he came from a distinguished legal and ranching family. His grandfather, Judge Leroy Denman, was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas and founded the prestigious law firm of Denman, Franklin and Denman in 1899. Leroy Denman, Jr.'s respect for the Rule of Law came early.

Educated at the University of Texas for both his undergraduate and law degrees, he was a member and President of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, the Chancellors Honorary and the Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity. Last year, he celebrated as a member of the State Bar of Texas for 75 years. In 1985, the Leroy G. Denman, Jr. Professorship of Real Property Law was established in his name at the University of Texas.

While pursuing his education, Denman studied in Spain at the Complutense University of Madrid, the National Antonino's University of Mexico City, Mexico, and the Sorbonne in Paris, France.

Following his graduation, he was recruited by the War Department to serve as an Assistant in Economic Matters at the American Embassy in Guatemala City, Guatemala and later in Buenos Aires, Argentina from March, 1942 to September, 1946. He then returned to the United States to serve in the Advocate General's office of the United States Army, Washington, D.C.

Embarking on his legal and business career, he joined the legal firm of Denman, Franklin and Denman in San Antonio, Texas in 1946. Denman was Chairman of San Antonio Loan and Trust Company and later became Chairman and President of Southwest Texas Corporation in 1950, overseeing extensive ranching interests in Texas, California, Arizona and Illinois that at one time totaled almost 1.5 million acres. The greatest wildlife preserves in Texas history - the St. Charles Ranch with its Whooping Crane reserve and the Powderhorn Ranch with its extraordinary multitude of wild birds, antelope, boar and deer - were created by Denman and his father.

He loved with great passion all of God's blessings - the land for its ranching abundance, the sea for his beloved sailboat, Aquarius II and the skies above where he flew his Cessna planes for 600,000 miles over 67 years of flying.

Public service was an important part of his highly dynamic life. He was the attorney and advisor for the King Ranch for over 50 years and its first non-Member President. He is Trustee Emeritus of the Caesar Kleberg Foundation for Wildlife Conservation, the Tobin Foundation, the Nordan Trust, the George W. Brackenridge Foundation, the Ewing Halsell Foundation, and the Texas Bio Medical Research Institute. Denman served for ten years as a Member and later Chairman of the Public Service Board/ San Antonio, Texas. He was a member of The Order of the Alamo, San Antonio German Club, The Argyle Club, The Club Giraud and the San Antonio Country Club.

Denman is survived by his wife of 43 years, Diana Destine Sandefer Denman and their daughter, Destine Denman Holmgreen and his children, Margaret Denman Branton, Emily Denman Thuss, Deirdre Denman Glober and nine grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers: Bruce Bugg, Corbett Christie, Tio Kleberg and Mel Weingart. Visitation will be held at the residence on Thursday, September 3rd from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either The Caesar Kleberg Foundation for Wildlife Conservation, P. O. Box 1555, Kingsville, TX 78364 or The Texas Bio Medical Research Institute, P. O. Box 760549, San Antonio, TX 78245-0549 or to a charity of your choice.

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Published in San Antonio Express-News on Sep. 2, 2015.
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September 16, 2015
Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your lossmy thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Sent with love and remembrance,
Valentine "Val" Law, R.Ph. (your Pharmacist)
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Valentine Law
September 13, 2015
Diana< My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sorrowful time. Please know I have been there, and I am available to you at all times, just call Much love, jayne plank
September 8, 2015
So sorry to hear of Leroy's death. What a magnificent life! Courage, Diana, our prayers are with you.
Steve Hollern
September 5, 2015
With much sympathy to the Thuss and Denman families. I know how much Wendel loved and admired his grandfather.
John Connelly
September 4, 2015
As a Brother in Sigma Chi, we knew him as a man of honor, with a dedication to our Fraternity and a genuine spirit that gave to all who knew him as a sign of his love for his fellow man. We pay our respects to him and to his family at this time. But know well that his spirit lives in all of us still because his passing into our Chapter Eternal means that he will forever be known as our Brother in Sigma Chi. All honor to his name, In Hoc Signo Vinces.
Richard Burns
September 4, 2015
Diana, You are in our thoughts and prayers as you face this challenging time. God Bless you and your family, retired Col Rob and Candy Maness
Rob and Candy Maness
September 4, 2015
My condolences to the Denman family. May you find much comfort in God's word...Matt. 5:4
September 4, 2015
Dear Ms. Denman, Don't know if you remember me, I work at the Army Training and Doctrine Command and was the WHINSEC desk officer for many years. I was thinking about you and wondering how you were doing, and googled your name. Today of all days, the very day of the memorial service for your husband. I remember the story of him dropping a red bandana (?) from a helicopter, on to the treetops, just in case . . . . Well, whether you remember who I am or not is not important, but your family will be in my prayers tonight. Best regards.
Susan Schoeppler
September 4, 2015
Leroy did so much to advance the wildlife conservation legacy of Caesar Kleberg and I will always appreciate him for that. May God be with his family at this time. Fred
Fred Bryant
September 2, 2015
To Molly, Emily and Dierdre,
I remember your Father fondly and all the wonderful time I spent with you growing up.
Ann Schuessler Wallace (Dallas)
September 2, 2015
Dear Diana, my thoughts and prayers are offered on behalf of Leroy and you. Please let me know if there is anything you need in the days ahead. You are a treasured friend.
Julie Banks
September 2, 2015
My heartfelt sympathies go out to family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise found in 1 Thessalonians 4 : 14 can bring some comfort. Knowing that there is a future for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.
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