Leon DeMent Jr.
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Leon DeMent, Jr., 73, a resident of Baton Rouge, passed away on July 15, 2020. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Leon was a 1964 graduate and co-valedictorian of Istrouma High School. He continued his education at Louisiana State University and Louisiana State University Medical School, completing his M.D. in 1971 as an Alpha Omega Alpha initiate. His internship and residency in internal medicine was completed at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, followed by a fellowship in gastroenterology at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans. Leon served in the United States Air Force from 1974-76. He practiced gastroenterology at The Baton Rouge Clinic from 1978-2006. He was a trustee, deacon, and Sunday school teacher at Broadmoor Baptist Church. He enjoyed choral singing throughout his life and was a member of a gospel quartet for over 20 years. An avid birdwatcher and photographer, he was a longtime member and supporter of The Audubon Society and enjoyed giving talks around the Baton Rouge community on connecting to the natural world through birdwatching. Ever the student, he read widely in American history and theology. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Sylvia Lane DeMent; daughter, Karen DeMent Youmans and her husband Tim Sean Youmans of Oklahoma City; son, Darren Jennings DeMent and his wife, Joannah Johnsey DeMent of Dallas, TX; brother, John David DeMent and his wife LInda Welch DeMent of Fort Mill, SC; grandchildren Noah Seamus Youmans, Virginia Lee DeMent, and Elias Jennings DeMent. He is preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Janice DeMent, Sr. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are encouraged to make donations to the Glioblastoma Foundation. The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to Dr. William Russell, Dr. Jon Olson, Dr. Richard Lieux, Ms. Carol Hodges of Serenity Private Care, and Hospice of Baton Rouge for their excellent care. A private burial service was held on Saturday with a memorial service to follow at a future date.

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Published in The Advocate from Jul. 18 to Jul. 19, 2020.
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October 11, 2020
He was surely a good man and neighbor. He could REALLY sing!
CHARLES WILKINS
Neighbor
July 22, 2020
Sorry to hear of his passing. You have my deepest condolences. He was a great doctor and an even greater person. Kind and gentle with an ever present smile. I am happy to have known him.
Ernest J. Mencer MD
Coworker
July 21, 2020
He was always kind! Always!!!
Daniel Gremillion,M.D.
Classmate
July 21, 2020
Mrs.Sylvia, I just saw this sad news in the paper my heart is broken. Dr. Dement was a great man and will be missed by many. He was one of the best doctors I had the pleasure to work with. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers, Monica
Coworker
July 21, 2020
I am so sad to hear of Leons homegoing. He will be SO missed here but SO welcomed in Heaven. He was one of the kindest most beautiful men Ive ever known. Lydia (his sweet cousin) kept me abreast of his journey and clearly Gods hand led it. Sylvia I am praying DAILY for you as you grieve. I pray Gods love will surround you during this sad time. I love you both so much and have such treasured memories of both you and Leon (our Whiz)♥
Melinda Lee Breecen
Friend
July 20, 2020
Just heard from a friend today of Leons (Whiz to us ) passing. So sorry to hear. Love ❤ from the Mitchell Crew. Please let us know when the date is set for the future memorial service. Prayers for everyone.
Veronica Mitchell Gregory
Family
July 20, 2020
Dr Dement was a true gentleman. I enjoyed working with him. He was always kind, very caring of his patients and a dedicated professional. I will truly miss seeing his smiling face towering over everything as he came into the office. Rest easy, dear man.
Dee Murphy
Coworker
July 20, 2020
Dr. Dement was such a sweet man and a great and compassionate doctor. I had the privilege of being one of his patients and for that I am thankful. Im so sorry to hear of his passing. His family and friends will be in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Dr. Dement
Stacie Richardson
Friend
July 20, 2020
To one of the handful of men that I can truly say, talked, and treated his patients with dignity, patience,his time and sincere concern. If I had to choose just 4 words to describe him, (A man of character)...Prayer & love to his family...............
Carol Hodges
Acquaintance
July 19, 2020
Sylvia and family, you've been in our prayers. Odis said he has such wonderful memories working with you, Leon and Darren on those Honduras mission trips. I know he'll be missed by more people than we can count. He was such a loving, kind and compassionate man. Continued prayers for you in the coming days. Love to you and your family.
Odis & Dottie Gore
Friend
July 19, 2020
Dr DeMent was a fine Dr and a greater human being.
Michael McKnight
Friend
July 19, 2020
My condolences to the DeMent family. I was a patient of his from the early 90s until his retirement. He treated me and helped me learn to live with a serious case of Crohns disease, and much was not known at that time about the disease. He was with me in many severe instances, and saved me and my unborn son from near death in 1993. I was fortunate enough to have run in to him while Christmas shopping this past year. He was very kind, understanding, and compassionate as a person as well as a physician. He will be missed dearly.
Dana Aguillard Guzzardo
Acquaintance
July 19, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. DeMent. He was my physician before he retired. He was such a wonderful person. I pray God bless and comfort each one of his family members.
Lodrick Price
July 19, 2020
Sylvia, so sorry to hear about Leon. We were in Sunday school together at Florida Blvd Baptist Church.
May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you comfort.
Louise Crites
Cotton and Louise Crites
Friend
July 19, 2020
Dr. Dement diagnosed my mother with advanced colon cancer. I will never forget his gentleness or concern as he helped us make decisions about her treatment going forward. He was so good to my Mom, and I appreciated his concern for her. He found her cancer in a colonoscopy and as I had accompanied her, he told me the results. They hit me hard, but I remember his compassion and kindness. He was a doctor who cared for the whole person, not just concerned with the disease they had. I will always be grateful for the way he helped my Mom.
Sandy
Acquaintance
July 19, 2020
We are so sad to hear of Leon's death. He was a wonderful gentleman and was my personal physician--the best, a doctor's doctor. Our sincere condolences to Sylvia and children.
Sid and Cheryl Lawton, Denver, Colorado
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