Wilson MacDonald Leary III
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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)

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Oct. 1, 2006.
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June 15, 2018
Wilson's painting Fellow Traveler
Karen Daw
March 20, 2016
Butch, you appeared in my dream last night. Missing you this morning, crying, but I'm happy to have had a "visit" from you. Thinking of when you were painting and we were talking about some politics. I had mispronounced Croatia, (I was embarrassed) you found that so funny, loved it so much that you named the painting Croatia after that. I miss you so much. Wishing I was not in my own crisis in the early 2000's.
I send blessings to his family and friends. His memory is still flickering in love.
Melanie Sallis
May 24, 2011
He taught me meditation by blowing bubbles.
Alexander Bernal
November 20, 2008
My name is Ben Skeer! I met wilson on the streets of Austin Texas outside of
Mad Dog and Beans next to a head shop called South Oats?... anyway. we
became friends turned on and hung out a number of times... I am so sad to
hear of his passing...how? When...? He inscribed the back of my painting
with a date and a paragraph to me.... since then I have lost everything,
been living on the street, and been born from the ashes of a dark past, but
never lost the painting that he lovingly gave to me as a friend. I paid my
last dimes to have it stored and safe even when I was not....now I live in a
nice new home, have a great job self employed as a jeweler and artist ....
ever inspired by the words given me by Wilson..." Benjamin, Bless you and
your travels. Be just and love the people. Thank you for your Heart. Wishes
from the Heart come true. To the Past, the Now , and the Morrow... Wilson
Leary...1993.....I call this painting..."The Dance" as he said it name would
present itself to me one day....and it did.... Wilson, Brother, I LOVE and
MISS you, Benjamin....
Ben Skeer
May 24, 2008
im wonder is this the same Wilson MacDonald that came to East York Collegiate and recited the poem "The Song Of The Ski" Iremenber him doing that mmmm must be 50 years ago

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Frank Beart
August 10, 2007
Oh, Butch. I didn't know until tonight when I looked you up. I have been thinking of you so much over the past year. I treasure the things that remind me of you: the painting, the prototype for one of your collages, the tie dye shirts I still have. . . was there anything you couldn't do? I will miss your friendship and collaboration, your generosity of spirit, your beautiful, beautiful self. I was proud to be a part of the first cyber rave. You would have made more money if so many hadn't brought drums (and I use the word loosely : ). I remember the conversation about the connection between great joy and great pain. I remember the strange shaman ritual in which you removed my scar. I wish you could have stayed, Wilson. -Corndog
October 5, 2006
un-named (1999)
October 5, 2006
Time Peace
October 5, 2006
buckyirvine (1991)
October 5, 2006
Working on his Mom's house
October 5, 2006
self caricature
October 5, 2006
Tribal Caricature
October 5, 2006
Tribute to The Black Cat Lounge collage (1999)
October 4, 2006
Wilson (I knew him as "Butch" in high school) was a very gifted and unique individual. HE certainly stood out in a crowd in the little rice farming town of Katy. Unfortunately, I didn't stay in touch with him after graduation but I heard of his accomplishments in Austin through family members that live there. I'm sure he will be very missed by his friends, family and the City of Austin.
mandie mills hawkins
October 2, 2006
ZombieMob at Wilson's event,
October 2, 2006
Bubble Bath (1990)
October 2, 2006
The prankster at work!!
October 2, 2006
His favorite photo of himself
October 2, 2006
A young rising artist
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