Leon Dale Atchison was born Jan. 22, 1940, to Roy Thomas and Margaret Chester (Jackson) Atchison in Dickens, Texas. He grew up in Muleshoe, Texas, where his father farmed. He graduated from Muleshoe High School, was married to Judy Hanks and worked for the Muleshoe Electric Cooperative. He joined the Texas Department of Public Safety and was a state trooper with DPS for more than 28 years, working mainly in the License and Weight Division. He was one of the first racing stewards of the Texas Racing Commission and he also earned the designation of Special Texas Ranger. He had a love for thoroughbred horses and raced in Texas and surrounding states. After retiring from the state, Leon worked as an armed security guard in Las Vegas, mined gold in Alaska, and fished the San Saba River.
He is survived by: four children, Dana Atchison of Rock Springs, Texas, Lorri Gandy and husband Ab of Grandfalls, Texas, Julie Atchison of Brownwood, Texas, and Jimroy Atchison and wife Lisa of Mason, Texas; nine grandchildren, Jessica Foster, Joshua Foster, Judy Lynn Drazan, Dallas Ann Drazan, Lorri Ann Drazan, Jacqueline Drazan, Julie Mae Drazan, Jennifer Moody and husband Wes and Abigail Gandy; three great-grandchildren, Caitlyn Moody, Garrett Moody and Joyce Courtney Rose Foster; three sisters, Betty Hoover of Spur, Texas, Joyce Shafer of Hartselle, Ala., and Carolyn Compton Smith and husband Bill of Boone, N.C.; nephews and niece, Jerry Hoover, Don Hoover, Mike Hoover, Larry Shafer, Terry Shafer, Randy Compton, Wendell Compton and Marietta Compton James.
He is preceded in death by his parents and niece, Courtney Van Cleave.
The family will receive friends and family for visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, at Heritage Funeral Home in Brady, Texas. Service is Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, 3 p.m. at First Christian Church in Brady with the Rev. Keith Simpson officiating. Burial following the service will be in Voca Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The 100 Club of Central Texas.