L J Mercer

August 28, 1920February 22, 2021

L. J. Mercer, 100, died peacefully at his home in San Angelo on February 22, 2021. A lifelong resident of San Angelo and West Texas, L. J. was born on August 28, 1920 to J. L. Mercer and Reathy Walden Mercer in Talpa, TX. After high school he followed his father into making custom boots and formed J. L. Mercer and Son Boots, located on South Chadbourne. L. J. continued to make custom boots in both San Angelo and Los Angeles, CA. After serving his country in the Navy during WWII, L. J. retuned to San Angelo to continue boot-making. During his 75-year career, he made custom boots for celebrities such as Roy Rodgers, Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Corbin, Charlie Daniels, Mickey Gilley and many more, while not forgetting the everyday Cowboys who called him “The Master Bootmaker”. He loved getting into his motorhome and traveling around to places he had not seen before and meet new people. At one time he started a self-service shoe store, Buy Rite Shoe Stores, but eventually custom boots were in his blood. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, wife, Eleena Sparks Mercer and his grandson, Charles Sterling Rhemann. He is survived by his sisters, Estelle Hawke of Tucson and Jeanie Gadano of Hollister, CA., his three children, Ronnie Mercer of Abilene, Karen Rhemann and her husband, Ronnie Rhemann of Katy, Texas, and Phyllis Robertson and her husband, Mitch Robertson of College Station, Texas. He has seven living grandchildren, and thirteen great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. His caregiver, Vicki Nichols, was his best friend and companion for 8 ½ years. He called her is “Lady Friend” and would never do anything without her. She made his last years full of surprises each day, which he thoroughly enjoyed. L. J. cherished the adventures of life each day and there was no problem he would not try to solve. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of L. J. Mercer to the West Texas Rehabilitation, 3001 S. Jackson, San Angelo, TX 76904, or go to to donate online.


26 February

Open Visitation

8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Johnson's Funeral Home

435 W Beauregard Ave
San Angelo, Texas 76903

27 February

Graveside Service

2:00 pm

Johnson's Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens

4989 FM 1223
San Angelo, Texas 76905


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Sandra Palmer

February 24, 2021

Mr. Mercer was one of a kind. He was always very kind and always had a story along with a smile. He is loved and will be missed by many.

Vickie, my heart is with you and his family.

Mr. Mercer may you Rest In Peace sir.

Forever Loved,

Sandra Palmer

Tammy Dennis

February 23, 2021

Condolences to the family of LJ he was such a wonderful man we live by him since 1985 till 2017 love the Dennis family 💙🙏💙

Ophelia Hernandez

February 23, 2021

We will miss Mr. Mercer at DunBar restaurant. He always made us laugh.

Someone Who cared

February 23, 2021

You were an exceptional and amazing human. I will forever cherish our time and talks. I hope your kids and family realized it before you passed like I did. I looked forward to and appreciated our talks and time together. Thank you for the memories I will forever cherish them. 💜