Richard Leon Bateman, 84, born March 22, 1934 passed peacefully into the arms of his Lord and Savior on January 25, 2019.
Preceding Leon in death were his mother and father, Rebecca and Lee Bateman; five sisters: Irene, Carlene, Virginia, Margie and Patsy; and his brother, Buddy Bateman.
Surviving Leon is the love of his life, his wife of 62 years, Claudia Domengeaux- Bateman. He is also survived by his three children: Becky Hoffman, Pam Boerst and Shawn Bateman and wife, Lori; his three grandchildren: Travis Blackburn and wife, Taylor, Kelsey Blackburn and Carly Boerst. He has one great-granddaughter, Sarah Blackburn. Leon has one surviving sister, Jenice Pruitt and husband, Thomas; brother in law, Bill Bush, brother in law and wife, Lionel and Linda Domengeaux; sister in law and husband, Sandy and John Jewett; step-mother in law, Jewell Domengeaux; many loving nieces and nephews, and a special nephew, Jeremy Bateman.
Leon started his life’s journey in Oklahoma City, OK but moved to Rockport with his family in his early childhood. Throughout his high school years Leon excelled in sports. In basketball he held the highest scoring record for over a decade, earning two scholarship offers. In football he was unanimously recognized as All-District Player of the year and played for both Texas A&I in Kingsville and Texas A&M at College Station.
Leon and Claudia married in 1956, but shortly afterwards he was drafted into the Army, so the two of them moved to Germany where they traveled extensively throughout Europe, creating many lifelong memories. After his honorable discharge they moved back home and settled into their family life.
Leon was active throughout his life, from competitive tennis, serving as the Tennis Association President, to annual ski trips, camping throughout Texas, tubing on the Frio, fishing and hunting for duck, deer, and elk, and many other hobbies. He worked at a variety of occupations: rough necking, ship building at RYSCO, owning and operating a shrimp boat, home construction and business owner.
Leon served on the Aransas County Navigation Board for several years. He was also appointed by the governor to sit on The Shrimp Advisory Committee for the State of Texas in 1989. Leon often said that he grew up in Aransas County during the best of times. As a
boy he could roam over land and water, fishing, swimming, and hunting for rabbit, ducks, or raccoons with Mr. Mundine and his coon dogs. Very little was fenced in those days, making it the perfect time and place for a boy who loved adventure. A boy could earn a little spending money “heading” shrimp, decking on a shrimp boat, or rowing a boat full of duck hunters all day long for a mere five dollars, cleaning the ducks afterwards in hopes of a tip.
He never wanted to live anyplace else.
A memorial service conducted by Pastor Kevin Muilenburg will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Coastal Oaks Church in Rockport.
Sorry forthe loss of another great person. Didn't know him that well. I am the niece of his brother and sister in law Buddy and Mary Bateman. Hope the family is able to heal and love each other each and every day. Love to the entire family.
Windi Woody-LeeROCKPORT, TX
Dear Claudia and family, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. We are so very saddened by your loss, we are thankful to have visited with him at our home recently. Much love for all of you. Janice and Norman
Norman and Janice SpearsRockport, TX
Leon will be very much missed. We remember fondly our breakfast meetings at Jalisco.
Sallye and Winston Woellert
Winston WoellertSugar Land, TX
So saddened to learn of your loss. Our condolences to your family. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Kerry Mosier RhotenberryCuero, TX
A beloved friend dearly missed.
Charlie and sandyRockport, TX
Dear Bateman Family: Our heartfelt sympathies for the loss of your sweet husband, father and grandfather Leon. May you be comforted by the many memories you all share. Barbara Burg Cook
Barbara CookHorseshoe Bay, TX
Ohhhhh ..such a SAD but JOYOUS time also knowing that our very dear friend Leon has entered into Eternal Life....
Fond fond memories have filled our minds for sure....the many many times several of us from our neighborhood West Terrace..would all meet at the Ski Basin on Sunday afternoons and spend the whole day with our all our kids...water skiing..boating...eating...laughing.. building memories ! Leon was always in charge of boiling the shrimp....Many many good times dancing at the Sandollar...our bunch would show up in full force..ohhh those were the days my friend..Thank you for the memories Leon...you are dearly missed...
Pat Bauknight Smith & Rhonda & NeilCity by the Sea, TX
Dear Claudia, I was so sorry to hear of Leon's passing. I've known you for many years through Roy's memories. You were one of his favorites. I know he would join me in sending you our deepest condolences. God bless you.
Angalee A. DeForestRockport, TX
RIP Leon. All my love to the family. Gerry
Gerry KleypasRockport, TX
Leon go rest high on the mountain, Claudia my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family in this difficult time. If I live my life half as well as Leon Bateman did, then I will have lived a life full of friends, family, adventure, and wonderful memories. Mr. Bateman was a man of his word, hard working, honest, straightforward, and did I mention hard working. Not one to sit around and let the grass grow, always moving always doing something. We had great conversations and discussions on Fishing, Hunting, Boats, the Oilfield, and so many other topics. He truly was a man that had been there and done that. He LIVED his life, you will be missed and I am proud to call you a friend. God Bless the Bateman family, and may his legacy, wisdom, and knowledge live on with his children, grandchildren, and the history of Rockport, TX.
Scott CulbersonSanto, TX
Becky and family I am so sorry..he was a great man! I remember his slide shows as a young girl in school!! My condolences and prayers to all of you.
Corina Rivera-WinterTomball, TX
We are so sorry for your loss. He will be missed by many. Your and your precious family are in our prayers.
Julie & JP LynchRockport, TX
May my good friend rest in peace. He was my favorite boss EVER. I learned lots of valuable life lessons from him. I'll ALWAYS love Leon Bateman.
God bless you,
Ismael "Smiley" Lara
Ismael LaraRockport, TX
Dear Bateman family,
I was sorry to hear of the loss of Leon. I remember so many fun times with all of the family. You are in my prayers.
Valerie Ovenden Oldfather.Boerne, TX
Oh my goodness! We are so sorry for your loss. Leon was a huge part of my growing up years. I think I offered him many chances to chuckle at my tendicies to run into things and fall down. He would tease me-and that was ok-because I knew he loved me. He will be missed. Much love to my very dear friends-the Bateman family.
Bonnie and Roy NavaRockport, TX
Dear Claudia and family,
I am so glad that Grady and I were able to get to know Leon and you when we moved to Rockport. Of course Grady and Leon go way back to grade school days.
I know you will miss him but maybe the two of them are playing football together once again! God bless you and help you remember the many good times you had these many years.
Love, Mary Clare
Mary Clare KaneRockport, TX