Leon Raymond Durham
Leon Raymond Durham, of StoneHedge Manor Farm, Belfast, TN went to be with the Lord on May 16, 2017, following a short stay at the Williamson Medical Center. Mr. Durham was born on October 10, 1926, in Kress, TX. Mr. Durham lived an extraordinary life, and strove for excellence in all endeavors. He married the late Juanita Nall in 1943. Mr. Durham is survived by his children, Kris Ortega (Dino) of Belfast, TN; Darlene Jongsma (Allen) of Aumsville, OR; and Sandy Durham of TX. Mr. Durham also enjoyed and treasured his two grandchildren, Megan Jongsma of Aumsville, OR, and Quent Durham of Simi Valley, CA. He also leaves behind two brothers, Cecil Durham (Delola) of Bull Head City, AZ, and Joe Durham and a sister, Evelyn White (Doug) of WA. The companionship of his loyal German Shorthaired Pointer, Dutchess, made his life complete.
As a youngster, Mr. Durham and his family left their ranching home in Texas to relocate in Pomona, CA. He joined the Navy soon after his marriage to Juanita. During his two-year tour of duty, Mr. Durham, a World War Two Veteran, proudly served his country as a member of the Navyís UTD Seal Team 5, and later served as Harbor Master in Sing Tao, China.
Following his enlistment years, Mr. Durham built his company, Treated Pole Builders from the ground up and became a major builder and contractor in Southern California. He planned and completed projects for Walt Disney, Ronald Regan, Georgia Pacific Lumber, Monty Roberts, and many more.
The ranching roots of Texas ran deep in Mr. Durhamís veins, and he enjoyed attending and participating in many livestock events. He loved attending Tennessee Walking Horse shows, and his horses were noted winners from California to Tennessee. Mr. Durham enjoyed watching and supporting his daughters and granddaughter in the show ring. Two of his horses, Another Lady Ann and Another Master were World titled under his ownership.
Mr. Durham was also active with the familyís cattle interests, having owned and supported several Holstein entries that claimed championship awards at the All American in Madison, WI, and internationally from Canada to Mexico. In more recent years, Mr. Durham enjoyed life on StoneHedge Manor Farm, helping with the purebred Angus cattle owned by his daughter Kris and and son in law Dino Ortega. He particularly loved having his morning coffee on the porch, watching the young calves play.
Mr. Durham was strong in his faith to his Lord, and was a member of the Farmington Baptist Church. He particularly looked forward to and enjoyed his Menís Sunday School class there, and loved attending Sunday Church Services.
A Celebration of Life for Leon Raymond Durham is planned for 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Farmington Baptist Church. The family invites Mr. Durhamís many friends to come celebrate his extraordinary life.