Donald Byrn Leach


(April 1, 2004)

Donald Byrn Leach, 84, died Thursday, April 1 at St. Patrick Hospital in Frenchtown, Mont., of cancer.

He was born February 1, 1920 in Lewiston, Idaho, to Floyd and Mary (Parks) Leach. He graduated high school in Grangeville, Idaho, and served with the Air Force during WWII. In 1949, he married Virginia Mitchell. She passed away in 1969. In 1972, he married Leona Lovercheck, of Powell. He enjoyed hunting for sapphires and loved his garden. He was a true gentleman farmer. His friends called him the "Tomato Man".

He was preceded in death by his sister Violet; his brother Robert; his parents Floyd and Mary; and his mother and father-in-law Frank and Phyllis Lovercheck.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Leona; seven children (his and hers), Sharon, Larry (Marcie), John, DeAnn (Dan), Ken (Bonnie), Phyllis (Kevin), and Marty; his sister Louerene (Lester) Shaw; his brothers, Earl (Marie), Wayne (Carol), and Lawrence (Marilyn); several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and cousins, Totsie, Ellen, and Louise.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday, April 6 at 2 p.m., at the Frenchtown Community Church with Rev. Bill Jackson officiating. Memorials are preferred to Camp Make-A-Dream. Arrangements are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home.