LEONARD, III, John Sloan (Trey) John Sloan (Trey) Leonard, III, died on Saturday, December 31, 2016, due to complications from acute pancreatitis of unknown origin. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death. Trey was born in Dallas, Texas, on December 22, 1967. He was an athletic and adventuresome child, with a bright mind and a strong spirit. He was quick to jump at any opportunity to water or snow ski, to climb high peaks, or to catch a breeze while windsurfing. Trey and his family enjoyed traveling together when he was a child, and he enjoyed seeing far-flung places and experiencing new and different sports and activities. While growing up in Dallas, Trey attended school in the Park Cities. He tried almost all sports, but particularly enjoyed time on the tennis court and the soccer field. He played competitive tennis for many years and was an outstanding player on the Highland Park High School soccer team. Trey also excelled in school. He was named a National Merit Scholar Finalist during his senior year in high school, and then entered college at Washington and Lee University. Trey's time in college was cut short by the onset of mental illness, a disease he battled the rest of his life. Trey's life was further impacted when he suffered a severe head injury during a motorcycle accident in his early twenties. Throughout his life, Trey had a wonderful sense of humor and a dry wit. He was quick to share or laugh at a good story, and enjoyed a practical joke when an opportunity presented itself. He was an avid reader with a sophisticated vocabulary, and he loved to discuss world events and good books. From the time Trey was a child, he had a gift for expressing himself in creative writing and in the letters he wrote. For the past eight years, Trey lived at a medical facility in Montana. He was fortunate during this time to develop a close relationship with his uncle, Larry Leonard. Trey looked forward to Larry's visits, and enjoyed sharing quality conversations and good meals with his uncle. Trey made friends easily throughout his life and he had strong relationships in every community where he lived. Even with his long struggle with mental illness, Trey maintained a close and loving relationship with his family. Of all the people in his life, Trey particularly relied on and cherished his mother, Mary Lois. Trey has now been released from his struggles and is finally at peace with his Lord and Savior. In a twist of fate, Trey died fourteen years to the day after his grandfather and namesake, John Sloan Leonard, I. Trey is survived by his parents, John Sloan Leonard, II and Mary Lois Akers Leonard, his sister, Susan Leonard Wittliff, and her husband, Reid, and their two children, Sloan and Leigh. A Celebration of Trey's life will be held January 13 at 2:30 pm at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Austin Theological Seminary, 100 East 27th Street, Austin, TX 78705; Educational Opportunities, Inc., 3419 Westminster Ave, Suite 218, Dallas, TX 75205; or The Stewpot, 1835 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201.
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