David was born, July 4, 1939 in Westhoff, Texas, the son of Julio Leal and Angelita Tijernia Leal. He was an insurance salesman, owner of Dairy Whip and El Charro Café.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Jose Leal; his sister, Lydia Mendoza; one granddaughter, Lori Beth Leal and two grandsons, John Aaron Benavidez, Brandon Leal.
Survivors include his four daughters, Irene Gonzales and husband Roland of Corpus Christi, Sylvia Leal of Kingsville, Diane Gamez and husband Tino of Kingsville and Becky Benavidez and husband Simon of Katy; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Visitation was held Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, with a prayer service to he be held at 6 p.m., in the chapel. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Juan Carmona officiating. Interment followed in the Helena Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Brian Leal, Woody Gonzales, Roland Gonzales, Estevan Gamez, Claro Ybarra, Simon Benavides, Tino Gamez and Jason Gonzales.