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In Memory of

James Emmett Leeth

May 4, 1931 - June 17, 2017

Obituary


James (Jim) Emmett Leeth died peacefully on June 17, 2017. He was born May 4, 1931 to parents Clinton George and Hattie Mae Leeth in Hamilton, Texas. He was predeceased by his parents and younger brother, Billy Gray Leeth.

Jim attended elementary and high school in Hamilton and went on to graduate from Tarleton State and North Texas State with a degree in Accounting. An adventurous young man, he joined the Air Force after graduation and became a jet pilot. He was known to fly over Hamilton in his jet and buzzed the court...

James (Jim) Emmett Leeth died peacefully on June 17, 2017. He was born May 4, 1931 to parents Clinton George and Hattie Mae Leeth in Hamilton, Texas. He was predeceased by his parents and younger brother, Billy Gray Leeth.

Jim attended elementary and high school in Hamilton and went on to graduate from Tarleton State and North Texas State with a degree in Accounting. An adventurous young man, he joined the Air Force after graduation and became a jet pilot. He was known to fly over Hamilton in his jet and buzzed the court house which caused excitement for his younger brother, but concern by his parents. Jim married Janet Jennings while in the Air Force and after his four -year stint, they returned to Hamilton to run the family-owned Ford Dealership. Ten years later, they sold the dealership and moved to San Antonio where Jim worked for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. He was a traveling auditor for a few years then was promoted to the main office in Austin where he retired in 1987.

An avid boater, Jim built a 14-foot outboard motor boat and used it for several years before buying a ski boat. He taught both children to ski and they spent many happy hours on the water. Jim also built a sailboat which his children loved to sail with him. Always busy, Jim built Tim a go-cart which was the envy of every boy in the neighborhood.

Jim loved to camp and the family camped in tents for several years before he bought a pickup camper which they liked better than tent camping. He later bought a trailer and then a motor home. He and his family enjoyed camping in all the Texas parks and along the coast.

Jim was a talented, self-taught carpenter. He remodeled two of his homes by building customized cabinets and adding rooms. He could fix anything and the joke in the family was that if it needed fixing, Dad would "take it to the garage" to fix.

In his later years Jim became a fan of Nascar and never missed a race.

Jim is survived by his daughter Leslie L. Leeth, son Tim M. Leeth, granddaughters Sara Leeth and Rachel Leeth and great grandson Harley. He is also survived by his long-time companion Marlene Rickard.

A gathering will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78752.