Alvie Leon Tucker, 79, of Llano gained his angel wings on June 5, 2021, after suffering a stroke on May 23, 2021. He was born on Oct. 5, 1941, in Uvalde, Texas, to Hazel and Alvie Tucker.
Leon grew up in Camp Wood, Texas, where he graduated from Nueces Canyon High School in 1959. He was a star athlete and played on the Panthers’ six-man football team.
He married Frances “Shirlene” Bauman in Llano on Dec. 2, 1960. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2020. Their children, Shannon Leon Tucker (1963) and Karla Kay Tucker (1965), spent their early years in Dripping Springs, Texas.
Over his lifetime, he enjoyed multiple careers. Early on, he worked for GE Telephone Company in Ballinger and Dripping Springs. His love for ranching led him to foreman jobs at the following ranches: Voyles Ranch (Johnson City), Red McCombs Ranch (Johnson City), Tucker Ranch (George West), and Chanas Cattle Company (Llano). Retiring from ranching, he moved into town and continued to raise cattle, sheep, and goats on his Llano property.
In addition, Leon worked for the city of Llano as the manager of the water department. Then, he served the community as the Llano County commissioner of Precinct 4 for two terms, retiring in 2006. After his retirement, he worked on local ranches and enjoyed his job of witching water wells until weeks before his death. His noted popularity was because of his 90 percent success rate.
As a lifelong cowboy, he enjoyed roping and breaking horses. He was a member of the Hill Country Livestock Raisers Association and a Mason.
Leon is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Frances “Shirlene” Tucker; son, Shannon Leon Tucker and wife Cheryl of Llano; daughter, Karla Kay (Tucker) Brown of Corpus Christi; grandchildren, Ryane Nichole Tucker of Austin, Amber Lelynn (Tucker) Koerner of Burnet, Michelle Leandra Tucker of Corpus Christi, and Sesley Kendra (Tucker) Hilliard of Llano.
In addition, survivors include his brother, Vick L. Tucker and wife Terri of Uvalde; sister, Beverly (Tucker) Fujimoto of Houston; sister-in-law June (Bauman) Toeppich of Llano; 13 great-grandchildren; seven nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hazel and Alvie Tucker; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Nelma and W.L. Bauman; great-grandson Carson Cox; nephew Vic Leon Tucker; and brothers-in-law Paul Toeppich and Gerald “Jerry” Fujimoto.
A service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 E. Sandstone in Llano. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Llano County Livestock Raisers Association, P.O. Box 292, Llano, TX 78643; or a charity of one’s choice.