November 15, 1959 – February 26, 2021
Leland spent 61 years being a kind, loving, and intelligent man of conviction and generosity. He was born in Brownfield, Texas and got his architecture degree at UT Arlington at the beginning of a long and respected career as an architect first in Dallas but primarily in Austin. He especially loved designing homes for people and seeing how happy they were in them. In younger says he loved travelling, especially Cyprus and Greece, New Mexico, and Port Aransas. He enjoyed feeding the llamas, playing with other people's dogs, making puns, and seeing the clouds over the canyon change every day at his home in Wimberley where he lived for the last 11 years. He made friends for life, and touched many people by his wit, tolerance, dedication, and decency.
Leland's priority was always family, and worked enough to get by and give to charities he cared about, but not too much, more importantly spending time with his family. He helped homeschool his children, took days off just to go have fun, and gave us a boost to soar. He loved his sister, Glynda, his brother, Andy, and his uncle Ed and their beautiful families. He loved his Canadian in-laws, and anyone who loved any of us.
He fell deeply, passionately, madly in love with his wife, Susan, who remained desperately, adoringly, and passionately in love with him to his last breath.
He adored his two sons, Eamon, 23, and Neil, 19, and was so very proud of them both, not selfishly, but for the amazing, talented, intelligent, and gentle people they are.
He passed away in hospital from a weak heart, but remains cherished in all of our beating hearts. Due to the pandemic and his request to be a tissue donor, no visitation will take place. He will be cremated, and when travel restrictions and health needs allow, the family will get together for the spreading of the ashes.
He wouldn't ask for anything from anyone, but if any family or friends wish to make a gift, in lieu of flowers a donation made to the EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens in Wimberley, TX (at emilyann.org) would be gratefully appreciated. He helped the EmilyAnn with architectural advice, cooked hotdogs for the Shakespeare kids, volunteered at Butterfly Day and the Trail of Lights, and wanted in every way for this wonderful place to keep going through these difficult times.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
April 2, 2021
I am Leland's cousin and I am so thankful to have had him in my life. I truly enjoyed his quick wit and kindness. His love for Susan and his children was so obvious and he radiated joy when speaking of or to them. I will miss him tremendously and am blessed by my time with him.
March 15, 2021
Leland helped us restore an 1875 Victorian house in Northwest Austin. In the few moments we shared, Leland and his family felt like dear friends. He is someone who I will think fondly of every time I look at the beautiful, thoughtful design of our house. His spirit will live on in all of his beautiful designs, as well as the impact he personally made on everyone he worked with. He and Susan were a huge inspiration to me on the type of parent I wanted to become. Sending so much love.
March 9, 2021
Leland was one of the kindest, generous and most fun-loving persons
that I ever had the good fortune to meet.
And I also had the good fortune to have him become my son-in law.
Being his father in law meant that I was obviously a Canadian;
And his classic Texas drawl was always a source of fun for us all.
Our sincerest feelings of sorrow are awakened for Susan, Eamon and Neil.
March 8, 2021
Leland, was a good friend, and a mentor.
Taught me how to do general contracting.
I don't know what to say except he will be missed.
One of a kind, he was like my brother.
So sorry for the loss, of a good friend, and great person.
March 8, 2021
Leland was the youngest of my sister Vida’s 3 children. Both his parents Vida and Frank Decker were special people. Leland upheld all their fine qualities while making his own way.
If you knew Leland you know he was his own man. Leland had the unique ability to navigate the business world and make everyone happy while doing it his own way. Leland my family loves you and will miss you.
March 5, 2021
Leland has been one of my dearest and best friends for over 35 years. The friendship started as he designed a home for us in west Austin. The interaction and home were great experiences. Both of us loved spaces that naturally enhanced human scale & perspective. As the years rolled by, Leland our friendship expanded. It was intermixed with lunches at Eastside Cafe or Chuey’s, long-winded mobile conversations saving the world, mutual business referrals, and the Blue Marlin Beach House, Sunset Valley Home, and Sunrise Beach Lakehouse - all by Leland Decker, Architect & Friend. Peace Be With You my Good Friend; I will miss you!