Tommy Leon

January 17, 1941 - October 11, 2020

Tommy Leon

Tommy Leon passed away at his residence on October 11, 2020 surrounded by his dogs. Tommy was born to J.L. “Blackie” and Virginia Leon on January 17, 1941, in Beaumont, Texas.

In Tommy’s teenage years he developed a passion for cars which lasted his whole life. He grew up on Easy Street near his Maw-Mee, who he was extremely close to. Tommy was a hard worker and had various jobs at a young age, usually involving garages and cars. Cars lead him to eventually driving ambulances. 

He married his Valentine on February 14, 1966 which happened to be her 23rd birthday. 

Tommy worked at DuPont Beaumont Works for forty-five years. He made life-long friends at DuPont and it was a highlight of his career. He was also a diehard Dallas Cowboy fan, much to the objection of his youngest daughter!  

Tommy was known for his hobbies and pranks over the years. Cars were a mainstay in his life until his passing. Many weekends were spent at car shows.  

On May 28, 1970 while winning West End Little League City Championship game, his wife Kaye was at St. Elizabeth giving birth to their daughter, Lexi. Lexi was always a fixture at the ballpark.  

After coaching Little League and football for many years, he turned his attention to DJing. An avid music lover, he was often heard around the area DJing for local night spots, class reunions, and the Port Arthur Mardi Gras. His love of music never left, but other hobbies crept in.  

After moving to China, he found his love of miniature horses and goats. This led to full size horses, especially palomino show horses. Every weekend was spent at a show. He even showed at the Houston Livestock Show.  

After his daughter Lexi was diagnosed with cancer, her and her son moved in with Tommy and Kaye. Tommy was blessed to have his grandson in his life daily and relished in the fact that he got to watch Thomas play sports.  

In his early 70’s the golf bug bit, hard. At his age he held his own with younger and experienced golfers at Bayou Din, his home away from home. And he had one hell of a drive, which he was often complimented on.  

Cars were still a passion of his. He was often seen around town in a shocking yellow vette, or a candy apple red vette.  

After they retired, Tommy and Kaye discovered the open road in their R.V. With each trip their bond intensified. And that lasted until his death.  

Tommy ended his life with his Broussard’s family. This relationship began the day Jim Broussard hired him. Getting up at 5:00 a.m. to open Broussard’s was something he looked forward to. Tommy had a genuine gift for being compassionate, kind, and attentive to all his clients and extremely loyal to the Broussard family. He shared sincere friendships with fellow Broussard employees and bosses. This was one of the best times of his life.  

Anyone who knew Tommy knew his love for his animals. He would have rescued a million animals, and according to Kaye, he almost did!

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-three years, Kaye Leon; brother, David Leon and his wife, Bobbie; brother-in-law, Mike Medley; son, Trent Leon and wife, Joetta; daughters, Cambie Leon Jenkins and Lexi Leon Jones; bonus daughter, Zorida Gonzales; grandchildren, Sean Leon, Hayli Jenkins, Trevor Leon, Winter Young, Thomas Jones, and guardian granddaughter, Clarissa Powers; six great-grandchildren, and many cherished nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Gina Medley.

Please observe social distancing guidelines. By attending any public event you are acknowledging the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus. Please follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov.  

Memorial Contributions or Mr. Leon may be made to Humane Society of Southeast Texas to P.O. Box 1629, Beaumont, Texas 77704.  

A gathering of Mr. Leon’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 29, 2020, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 30, 2020, at Broussard’s, with his interment with Military Honors to follow at China Cemetery, China.  

We would like to thank Broussard’s for taking care of the love of our life for the past two weeks.  Especially James Rawlings, Lucas Bordages, Zorida Gonzales; and LeeAnn England.

Broussard's Mortuary
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Avenue
2000 Mcfaddin Avenue Beaumont, TX 77701
A Gathering of Mr. Leon's Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Street Beaumont, TX 77701
Thursday, October 29, 2020
5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Avenue Beaumont, TX 77701
Friday, October 30, 2020
11:00 a.m.
Interment with Military Honors
China Cemetery
30.059930 Zzz94.344110

Comments (35)

  • Allyson Jones Treme

    24 October 2020 at 17:01 | #

    My deepest condolences for you all. My Dad, Jimmy Jones enjoyed the friendship with Mr. Tommy. He and my Dad worked together at Broussards. Prayers for comfort and peace!
    Our love,
    The Jones Family
    Nancy Jones
    Allyson Jones Treme

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    • Lexi Jones

      24 October 2020 at 22:54 | #

      Hi Allyson. My dad also enjoyed working with your dad. I met him on several different occasions and he was such a nice man.
      Lexi Jones

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  • Margaret Bood

    24 October 2020 at 14:51 | #

    My condolences to Kaye and family on your loss. I knew Tommy as one of the golfers from Bayou Din. He
    was always quick with a smile and greeting whenever I saw him. Nice guy!

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  • Julia Dumas, Evita Rocha and Debbie Coleman

    23 October 2020 at 13:44 | #

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend Mr. Tommy. He will always be remembered as a kind, patient and very well dressed man! We here at the Beaumont Vital Statistics office will miss seeing him everyday, but are very grateful to have known him. Rest in Paradise.

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  • Zorida Gonzalez

    23 October 2020 at 02:53 | #

    So many wonderful memories when i think of you . What an amazing man with a heart of gold. My deepest condolences to his family , may they find comfort in the many memories they shared. Im truly going to miss laughing and hearing your voice. What i wouldn't give to see you again. I will forever cherish every conversation, every car ride, every history lesson and the pranks we did , locked away in my heart forever. He was a truly rare genuine character. Every body is important, but Mr Tommy was special to me. There's so many wonderful things i could use to describe him, but he truly was one in a million. With love and respect, the Gonzalez family .

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  • Linda Taylor

    19 October 2020 at 16:36 | #

    My heart is broken. Tommy you were a wonderful man and cousin. I have very fond memories of growing up with you, and I distinctly remember your prized car when you were a teenager living on Easy Street, and how you afforded only me the luxury of actually sitting in it while my sisters were not allowed to even touch it! Your smile and that laugh could light up any room! I can still hear Aunt Virginia call out to you when you were a teenager " Tommy, turn that music down!" It was usually Little Richard or Chuck Berry you had at top volume! Kaye, Lexie, Cambie, Trent, Thomas and David. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless each & every one of you!

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  • mike Toups

    19 October 2020 at 13:30 | #

    May you rest in peace my friend. Many good memories from our time at Dupont.

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  • Carolyn C. Lacoste

    18 October 2020 at 12:29 | #

    Kay & Fmly: My thoughts & Prayers are w/each & all of your fmly! I pray God w/HIS ALMIGHTYY BLESSINGS WILL SHOWER TOMMY WITH MUCH PEACE & JOY AS HE BEGINS HIS ETERNAL LIFE IN GODS KINDOM OF HEAVEN! Tommy will be greatly missed! RIP, TOMMY, HUGS, CAROL

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  • Ronnie & Mary Moses

    18 October 2020 at 02:35 | #

    A co-worker at DuPont & Bmt. High school students.....You will be missed. Especially antiquing at Warrenton trade days twice a year...We’ll miss seeing you sitting on your Mobil cart & playing your favorite music.....It saddened our hearts when we heard the news..... your with your maker & I’m sure GOD has a special spot for you, Rest In Peace my friend......... we’ll miss you, but the memories will last forever......Our thoughts & Prayers go out to Kay & family.......
    Ronnie & Mary Moses......

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  • Mary Beth Adrian Cloninger

    17 October 2020 at 15:05 | #

    Kaye, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of Tommy. He was such a part of our SAHS reunions. I have always thought of you two on February 14 and will continue to hold you both in my thoughts and prayers. May happy memories and the love of friends comfort you now.

    Mary Beth and Gerald

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  • Don & Kay Ptacek

    16 October 2020 at 03:24 | #

    Kaye ,Lexie and Family So many wonderful memories we have had with Tommy in years past. Know you are in our prayers and we will remember Tommy the wonderful man he was with Love.

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  • Carol Saxon

    16 October 2020 at 00:51 | #

    So sad to hear about Tommy*s passing. He truly put his family first and will be missed by all. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Our prayers are with your family at most difficult time. Carol & James Saxon

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  • Purvis Derouen

    15 October 2020 at 22:37 | #

    So sorry to see that Tommy had passed. Worked with him @ DuPont and we both
    Went to work for Brousards mortuary for several years. He definitely was the cool est
    And best dressed guy working. My prayers are with Kk and Family!!

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  • Patrick Larson

    15 October 2020 at 15:38 | #

    I treasure my time working with Tommy at Broussard’s. Always so considerate and respectful to the families we served and to his coworkers.
    RIP Tommy.

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  • mary ann shumaker

    15 October 2020 at 15:06 | #

    so sorry to hear about Tommie's death. I have known him for a long time and he was always the same. Rest in Peace my sweet dear friend. My heart goes out to Kay and Lexie, I know he loved you all so much.

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  • gayle Welborn

    15 October 2020 at 01:06 | #

    So sorry to hear of Tommy passing . Shared lots of greatmisic when we both set up for reunions and Kay always had many smiles to share too . We are saying prayers for family to have comfort from the Lord and peace that we will all see him again in heaven. Again Randy and I are so sorry for your loss .I know he will be missed a lot .

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  • Pam and Tim and Bryce weber

    14 October 2020 at 21:19 | #

    I am so sorry to hear about Tommy. Such a kind-hearted person. My heart goes out to Kay, Lexie and entire family. You all are in our prayers

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  • Brandi Sullivan

    14 October 2020 at 20:53 | #

    I am lucky to have known and worked with Mr. Tommy for 2 years at Broussard's. It was a good time when he was around, always making us laugh. My condolences goes out to his family, friends, and co-workers. He will surely be missed.

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  • Frank Hodges

    14 October 2020 at 20:52 | #

    I very much enjoyed knowing and working with Mr. Tommy Leon. He was ALWAYS helpful and easy to work with. He always called me, "Pastor," even though I no longer pastor a church.. We will all miss Tommy's wit and personable presence.

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  • Jonathan Salazar

    14 October 2020 at 17:04 | #

    I will miss you greeting me every morning when I get to work Mr. Tommy. I'll miss the surprise cases of beer you would surprise me with and I'll miss the funny stories you told us about yourself when you were a kid. Fly high Mr. Tommy, we all miss you so much already.

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  • Silton Bergeron

    14 October 2020 at 16:41 | #

    So sad to hear about Tommy he was a great guy.
    I think he would give you the shirt off his back if you asked for it he was not a selfish man. I pray God comforts his wife and family

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  • Donnie and Carol Ann Chirafis

    14 October 2020 at 14:38 | #

    I first met Tommy when I I started working for Broussard's and our friendship grew from there. Tommy was a joy to be around. He was dedicated to the Broussaed family and really enjoyed his job. Tommy was really the "Best" dressed employee at Broussard's and of course, the coolest guy with his corvette. . My prayers go out to Kay and family, especially Thomas, who Tommy thought the world of. Tommy will truly be missed. Rest in piece my friend..

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  • Cardell DeLeon ( Allied Electrical )

    14 October 2020 at 01:57 | #

    My Buddy and neighbor and eyes and ears over my son who is his neighbor until now no one knew Tommy was my eyes and ears over my son after my divorce.....thank you Tommy you always remained loyal to our family love Cardell

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  • Mary Kirkwood

    14 October 2020 at 00:39 | #

    Kay and Family, I am so very sorry and sad to hear about Tommy passing away.. My prayers go out to You, Lexi and Family. May all the years and wonderful memories live forever in your hearts. Much Love, Mary Elizabeth

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  • Kathy Lovoi

    13 October 2020 at 23:13 | #

    Sad to hear about Tommy. What great memories he gave our old neighborhood with the many block parties and scary Halloween’s! Rest In Peace Tommy. Kay and Lexi you are in our prayers.

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  • Tim Baker

    13 October 2020 at 15:02 | #

    Tommy was always a great spirited person that had us all in his corner. He always shared his ideas and love for fellow man, We will miss you my friend!

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  • Linda Prioux

    13 October 2020 at 02:57 | #

    Kaye, Lexie,Thomas we are so sorry to hear about Tommy passing away my heart goes out to all of you. I know the pain and sadness you are feeling. Prayers are with all of you at this time

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  • David and Cherie Rosenthal

    12 October 2020 at 20:32 | #

    So much to say about this amazing man!!! I am honored to have known this man, and the family that he and KK have made and shared with us! He will truly be missed by many on earth but he will now be celebrated in Heaven by all those awaiting his homecoming! May God Bless you KK, Lexi and Thomas! I love you all and praying for y’all! Rest In Peace my friend, and keep my HOOKEM seat warm for me! ♥️ Much love, The Rosenthal’s Warrenton, Texas

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  • Lucaya and Ryan O'Reilly

    12 October 2020 at 18:26 | #

    We are devastated to hear of Tommy's passing.  We will miss him immensely and never forget him.  The beer gazebo will never be the same without him. Big hugs to Kay and the family.  Lots of Love, Lucaya and Ryan O'Reilly

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  • Amy Briggs

    12 October 2020 at 17:27 | #

    So very sad at the loss of our wonderful neighbor and friend. We will miss seeing you mowing your yard and driving that Corvette. We will keep an eye out on KK, Thomas, and Lexi for you...don’t you worry about that. We love you.

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  • Gene and Brenda Larson

    12 October 2020 at 15:16 | #

    To Kay, Lexie, and Thomas, Tommy was a great friend and a caring person. Will miss our car loving friend. Not many of us left. He also loved horses. Just a person that fit in so many things in life. Hard to believe you are gone. Will miss seeing you! Love this family, The Larson's

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  • Charles Mitchell

    12 October 2020 at 15:06 | #

    I am saddened to hear of Mr. Leon’s death. He was one of the nicest men I ever worked with. My condolences are with Mrs. Leon, Lexi and Thomas. He will certainly be missed by all who knew him. Rest In Peace Mr. Tommy.

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  • Aaron Acosta

    12 October 2020 at 02:44 | #

    Mr. Tommy, I'm in absolute disbelief of the news and heartbroken. You will be greatly missed by the Acosta family. You were always there for me when I'd get my mower stuck and somehow you'd always show up to get me out and were always willing to help. You were an amazing neighbor and I'll forever miss you and our talks. Rest in peace my friend.

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  • Robert & Phyllis Lee

    11 October 2020 at 22:45 | #

    Prayers and sympathy for you and your family Kay. Eternal rest grant unto him and perpetual light shine upon him.

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  • Ellen Baber

    11 October 2020 at 21:55 | #

    I can’t believe you are gone. I found out the news today and just cried. You where not only an amazing co-worker but most importantly and amazing man with a heart of gold. We had so many talks and laughs. My heart is just crushed. You are going to be missed so much Uncle Tommy. Your family is in my prayers. Rest In Peace until we all see you again. Give Mr Jimmy a big hug from me.

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