Doyle was born in Lamar, Colorado on June 29, 1948 to his parents, Dale and Dorothy Leathers, also of Lamar. Doyle went to heaven on March 15, 2022. The memorial service will be held Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Amarillo, Texas. Services are held by Griggs-Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors. Doyle holds an MBA from Wayland Baptist University and an honors engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin. He was a Vietnam-era U.S. Army veteran and a helicopter crew chief while serving in the military. Doyle lived in Lamar, Colorado after serving in the military, and was a drilling and production foreman for Texas Oil & Gas Corporation for many years. He married Bunny Leathers on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas on December 31, 1988. He and Bunny moved back to his hometown of Amarillo, Texas, and both were employed at the US DOE Pantex plant. They worked at Pantex for over 20 years and have both retired. Doyle was one of the most talented and gifted human beings and loved making special gifts for the special people in his life, from making custom knives and sheaths to making beautiful stained glass and decorative objects. etched glass art to crafting beautiful furniture. . He was Bunny’s EVERYTHING. He enjoyed playing on a pool league team for Mulligan’s with his team captain and favorite uncle Dan Luther. Bunny’s Aunt Beth was Dan’s wife, and she and Bunny loved going to watch their guys play. When Bunny wasn’t blowing it for her, he loved Texas sunsets. Her favorite places to watch sunsets were Jerry & Margaret Hodges’ High Card Ranch and the view from the Amarillo Club. He also loved the times he and Bunny shared at their Diamond W Ranch in Cottle and Childress counties. Doyle and his dear friend Jimmy Estes spent many happy hours together at the ranch. He used to say that Jerry and Margaret were his guardian angels who knew Bunny well, and realized that Doyle needed a break from Bunny leading him. Doyle and Bunny became extremely fond of Jerry’s mom, Delores, who lived across from them. And when he was able to truly relax and enjoy dinner, he enjoyed spending time with the Hodges and Congressman Ronny Jackson, and his wife, Jane. Doyle and Bunny shared a special lifelong friendship with Andrea and Gary Woolley, breeders in Spearman, Texas. He was predeceased by his parents, Dale and Dorothy Leathers of Lamar, Colorado. Doyle is survived by his wife, Bunny, son, Jared Lee Leathers and daughter-in-law, Jennifer, and grandson, Gage Wayne, and granddaughter, Lainee Jacelyn Leathers, all of Springfield, Colorado. Doyle’s twin brother Dennis and his wife Kathy reside in Holly, Colorado. Kathy is Holly’s Methodist minister. His sister Debbie Vigue and her husband Mike reside in Lamar, Colorado. Doyle was a patriot in every way and loved his country and his church family at St. Paul’s Methodist Church. He adored Pastor Bill Ivins and the members of St. Luke. And his most special friends, Carl and Glenda Roberts, were also longtime friends and members with him and Bunny in St. Paul. Doyle was part of the church security team. DOYLE ALWAYS KNEW HIS FAVORITE PERSON AND MOTHER-IN-LAW, TEENIE WAKEFIELD, WILL BE WAITING WITH GOD IN HEAVEN WHEN HIS ARRIVAL. NOTE: TO ALL FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS: As Doyle will be cremated, a memorial service will be held at a later date and will appear in the Amarillo Globe News. Doyle gratefully requests that they be sent to Pastor Bill Ivins, St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 4317 1-40, Amarillo, Texas 79106. You can sign the guestbook online at www.griggsschoolergordon.com
Published by The Lamar Ledger on March 24, 2022.