Dan Michael Leslie
Early Thursday morning August 16, 2018, Dan Michael Leslie, passed peacefully from this life to the next. He and his twin brother David were born into a lively and large family on March 5, 1958, to Frank and Peggy Leslie, in Dallas, Texas.
He was a 1976 graduate of Clear Lake High School and brilliant in science and math. Dan pursued a career in computer technology, software development and design after graduating from the University of Houston. Travel was a large part of his career including some visits overseas. His favorite places to go included warm, sunny beaches and beautiful mountains.
Dan was a gadget guy and reminded us often that he was like Don Adams on the old TV show “Get Smart”. He had a fun, quirky sense of humor, loved puns and really… never met a stranger.
He was quick to lend a helping hand and did what needed doing before being asked. He loved well and often. He was generous with his time and talent. He was the champion of the underdog and befriended those who were most often overlooked.
His greatest love was his relationship with Jesus. It’s the cornerstone to who he was. He loved his family and served them sacrificially throughout his life.
He enjoyed camping, Boy Scouts and Trail Life with his kids. He also loved music. Playing the guitar and singing. We had precious worship times together in the hospital and he would sing even when he was too weak to talk.The day before he passed, he was home on hospice and there was a time of singing theworship song “Shout to the Lord.” At first it looked like Dan was trying to say something perhaps needed help, and then those around him realized that he was singing. They were the final words he spoke as he went to sleep and hours later passed through the veil into the Presence of the One he worshipped and adored.
We all miss his quiet, gentle way, his winning smile and generous heart. His desire for others to know the love of Christ was his aim in life. His hope for broken relationships to be forgiven and restored gave him purpose. He believed that nothing’s wasted, no tear unseen, no pain unnoticed, by this loving God who rescued and redeemed him. The hope we have as
followers of Jesus is that all things that have been lost or stolen will be restored at the Great Restoration. Speaking of this always brought tears to his eyes and a huge smile to his face.
His legacy lives on in each of us who’ve been touched by Dan’s life. We’ve been given an opportunity to see good wherever we go, to believe for the best in others, to forgive as often as needed, to offer a helping hand, give a cup of water to the thirsty, prayer for the sick, to visit those in prison, clothe the naked, to be with those who mourn and rejoice with those who
Dan fought the good fight. Though his physical body grew weak, his spirit soared. He finished well.
“For what oh man does the Lord require of you, but to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with Your God.”
And Jesus said:
“To love the Lord your God with all you heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and all your strength and to love your neighbor as yourself” were the greatest commands. Well done Dan-O. Well done.