Wilson MacDonald Leary III May 3, 1966 - Sept. 15, 2006 Wilson chose the time and place of his death in the woods he loved so much. His wishes were granted that he not be found for 72 hours, not embalmed, and to be cremated. Wilson was born in Miami, FL and was a long-time resident of his beloved Austin, TX. Wilson was a local artist who displayed his works in New York, L.A., CA, FL, and TX. Wilson was an Event Planner and held the first Mardi Gras parade in Austin. He created multiple companies, organizations, and events locally here in Austin. Wilson was a political activist as well and gave many speeches at the Capital and organized political events and parades fighting for the rights of the less fortunate. Wilson was active in the Weed and Seed program. Wilson attended the U. of Texas. He went to Nationals for the State of Texas in oratory, extemporaneous speaking and debate. Wilson's accomplishments included: State Champion of Lincoln Douglas Debate, State Champion of Original Oration, Creator of Austin's first Mardi Gras Parade, Creator of Texas' first "Smart Mob" FM radio wave event, Creator of first V.R. telepresence between Austin and San Francisco, Creator of Project Global Link (a V.R. telepresence node and resource), Daughters of the American Revolution Award Winner (Wilson's mother is a member of the DAR (Sabine Chapter, LA)), Democracy Coalition, organizer of Town Lake 2000 Fish Release, Sugar Cube Films General Partner, based in Hollywood, CA, Jelly Bean Productions, Co-Founder and Event Director Robofest, Zeus the Cyber Rave and the Multi-Media Café's Grand Opening, Paradise Productions, Virtual Reality Productions, Dr. Leary's Blue Moon Holding Co.; Founder of U. of TX Bubble Society, Delta Epsilon Frat., President and publisher of Kingfish Communique and TX Access Group President. Wilson attended Katy High School, Katy, TX Wilson is survived by his mother Judy Fletcher Leary of Austin, his father Wilson M. Leary Jr. of Tampa, FL, cousin George Long of New Orleans, LA, the former Congresswoman Cathy Long (D-LA) of Washington, D.C., Margery Long of Little Rock, AR; US Senator Russell Long (D-LA), other uncles and cousins. He is also survived by friends Shirlynn Slimp, Lara Thomson, Phil Bowden, and many others. Wilson was preceded in death by the President of the United States John Adams, John Quincey Adams; the Governor of LA, Huey Long, Governor and Congressman Earl Long of LA, three term Congressman Gillis W. Long (D-LA), and Colonel Floyd Long of Little Rock, AR. A Celebration Memorial for Wilson was held on Saturday, September 30th, 2006. Website info: www.jelybean.com (Lara)
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Oct. 1, 2006.