Leland was called home on November 27, 2020. He leaves behind the love of his life and best friend, Rita Gay Suit Jauer, his wife of 64 years. He also leaves his joy, his daughter Gavra Jauer Flood, her husband Brian Flood and his pride, grandson Mason Flood, whom he loved dearly.
After serving his country in the United States Army and being honorably discharged, Leland served his community in Houston for 39 years as CEO of several banks until his retirement in 2002. He was a member of multiple community organizations including: the Northeast Houston Chamber of Commerce, the Aldine College Endowment Scholarship Foundation, the Aldine Optimist Club, the Northeast YMCA, the Texas Banker’s Association, the HISD Advisory Council, the Aldine Improvement District, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and the Independent Bankers Association of Texas. In retirement, he served on the Board of Directors as President and Board Member of the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital Volunteer Service and as a Patient Advocate and Front Desk Patient Information contact for visitors at Memorial City Hospital.
Leland will be missed for: his laughter that broke up his doubles tennis games which he played twice a week at the University Club with his good friends; his passionate advocacy at basketball games with shouts of “That’s not a foul” echoing in the gym or his opinion at the baseball field— “That wasn’t a strike”…; his chuckle when he doubled down in dominoes to make the game go longer; his generosity when he would quietly pay any policeman’s dinner bill every time he saw them and silently slip outside with a grin; and his advocacy for equal opportunity, decency, and respect for all people.
A Memorial Service will be held at Hill Country Bible Church – Lakeline in Cedar Park on February 15, 2021 at 1:30PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.