George Leon, 76, passed away on June 26, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Juanita and two brothers, Jose, Jr. and Javier. George is survived by a son, George Jr., brothers, Luis, Carlos and Juan and sisters, Irene, Ivonne, Isela and Hilda, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and two grandchildren.
George or Jorge as some people knew him, was a quiet person who let his actions speak for him. He starred in baseball and basketball achieving All-District Honors in both sports at Thomas Jefferson High School. George was particularly proud that he was one of the few guys in baseball who could hit Bob Arnold, former Austin High standout pitcher. George served in the Marines in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968 and was Chief of Maintenance at the Boys and Girls Clubs of El Paso, retiring after more than 30 years of service.
He was a quiet, humble man who always helped his family and friends whenever he could. George was also a proud member of the Lancers softball team, whose members had been together at the Boys Club located in the Paisano Housing Projects where they met when they were pre-teens. But because of their baseball/softball exploits, they formed friendships which still exist today. From those team beginnings, they went on fishing trips and later in life when softball was no longer an option, they took up golf and went on golf trips throughout the southwest to the famous (or infamous) Curada Cincha Golf Tournament. In addition, the Lancers formed an alumni group for Boys and Girls Clubs former members who wanted to further their education beyond high school. This group held an annual tournament that awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships and also supported the Clubs with needed equipment from time to time.
Services for Jorge will be on Thursday, July 6th (rosary) at 6 PM at Sunset Funeral Home, 4631 Hondo Pass and mass on Friday, July 7th at 10 AM at San Xavier Catholic Church, Latta and Paisano. As his remains will be cremated, the burial services will be held at a later date at Fort Bliss National Cemetery with full military honors.
Special thanks to Hilda, his baby sister, who ensured that he took his meds, did not miss any doctor appointments and took care of him; and to Mague, who was his partner and brought George Jr. into his life and gave him many happy moments.