Ernest Leyva, 64 of League City, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family in his home on August 1, 2017. Ernest was born on March 26, 1953 in Galveston, Texas. He is proceeded in death by his beloved father, Robert Leyva, Sr. and his brother Robert Leyva, Jr. Ernest resided in Galveston and Santa Fe, TX for many years, and then settled in League City. He retired from BP (formally Amoco Oil Refinery, Texas City) after 25 years, where he formed everlasting relationships with coworkers.
Even at an early age, Ernest always made everyone feel welcome with his warm smile and laughter. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. He was held in such high regard by so many, it was an honor to just be in his presence.
He was a loving and dedicated husband and father and devoted grandfather to his grandchildren. He had a great love for all his family; very dear to his heart were his numerous nieces and nephews. His favorite past time was hosting family and friends at countless functions and parties in their League City home and his pride and joy the Cottonmouth Ranch in Rocksprings, TX. He spent many hunting and fishing seasons with his family and close friends.
Ernest was a creative and artistic man with a great love for soul music. Ernest would take what others saw as unusable odds and ends and create something new from them. He utilized every item from his many inventions including jewelry and little trinkets for his home, family and friends. He loved to make toys and other gadgets for his grandchildren because he wanted to give them a wonderful childhood. Ernest’s love for his family was the most important part of his world and he took immense pride in each one of his children and grandchildren.
Ernest is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife, Sarah of 45 years; his daughter, Andrea Cashel and her husband Jon; his son, Ernest Leyva, Jr. and his wife, Rachal; grandchildren, Mia Gabriel Rendon, Vivian Reyna Leyva, Ernest Xavier Leyva, Kian Michael Cashel, Kiera Suzan Cashel, and soon to join the family are twin boys, Lucas Antonio Leyva and Alexander Robert Leyva better known as Lock and Load. Also mourning his loss are his loving sister, Yolanda Alexander and her family along with his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless family members and friends.
Ernest leaves a myriad of wonderful memories for all that knew him.
Donations in Ernest’s honor can be made to the Star of Hope and American Cancer Society.
Ernest’s family will be accepting visitors on Saturday, August 12th from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Carnes Funeral Home in Texas City with a tribute in his honor to follow from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.