Jason Eric Leal, 39, passed away Friday, May 31, 2019. He was born on June 19, 1979 in Jacksonville, Arkansas to TSgt. Benny & Joyce (DeDear) Leal.
Jason served in the 3-7 Calvary in The United States Army as a Signal Support Systems Specialist and served in Operations Enduring/ Iraqi Freedom in 2003 where he earned a Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Army Lapel Button. He returned to South Texas in 2004 after being Honorably discharged where he re-joined his oilfield family until the day of his passing. Throughout the years he earned a bachelor’s degree in IT & a Bachelor of Science in Business Management that he later used to succeed in his career. Jason lived every day for his children and had no greater blessing than being a father. He loved God, his mother, brother, sister and friends and spoke about them daily (he LOVED talking for hours on the phone with them). He was a friend to everyone, loved and cherished his life. He had a passion for football, played from a young age throughout high school, moved on to college and eventually a semi-pro team. As an adult, he coached many youth throughout the years. He will be remembered as a bright shining light.
He was preceded in death by his father Benny S. Leal.
Jason is survived by his two children a son, Ashton C. Leal and daughter, Kailey E. Leal, his mother Joyce DeDear, brother Christopher (Gloria) Leal, sister Jessica Leal (Ruben) Salas, his ex-wife Annie Trevino Gonzales, three nieces Alyssa Hernandez, Brittny Leal, Ashley Leal and three nephews Devihn Salas, Camrihn Salas, Levi Salas, four great nieces and three great nephews.
Arrangements were under the direction of Eckols Funeral home.