On Thursday, March 23, 2023, at the age of 72, Leo Cal Stewart, of San Angelo, and formerly of O’Donnell, entered Heaven where he was welcomed by Jesus and where Leo joined his parents; brother, Lee Allen Stewart; sister, Lou Ella Westbrook Standifer; brother-in-law, Charles Westbrook; best friend and brother-in-law, Lanny Jackson; nephew, Carter Jackson; and other relatives and friends.
Leo Cal Stewart was born on September 24, 1950, in San Angelo, Tom Green County, to Horace Lee “Buddy” Stewart and Emma Lou (Brown) Stewart. At an early age, Leo trusted Jesus as his Savior and was baptized. Leo attended San Angelo public schools and graduated from San Angelo Central High School in 1968.
Leo met Tracy Jackson, the love of his life, in 1980, and they joined their lives in marriage on May 29, 1981, at the First Baptist Church in O’Donnell, Texas, and were faithful to each other for 41 years and 10 months. The lights of Leo’s life were his children, Mandi and Courtney, and his greatest joy came from his grandchildren, Colton, Emma and Oaklee.
Leo learned the value and importance of a strong work ethic as a young man, which served him and his family well throughout his life. Leo believed he was fortunate to have opportunities to work in various professions, master numerous skills, and serve the public with good people and the best of friends.
Early in his career, Leo worked for Ross Foster in Sterling City, and then farmed for John Stephens in O’Donnell. When Leo and Tracy made San Angelo their home, Leo worked in car sales, worked in tire sales alongside Tracy at Swindell Tire Company, and served the community in the maintenance department of the Tom Green County Jail where he retired. After retirement, and until March 2023, Leo was the safety consultant for O’Donnell Oil and Butane Company, Inc., where he enjoyed serving the customers and farming community that he loved with Tracy’s parents, Maurice and Patsy Jackson, who Leo referred to as his other mom and dad, and with his son Courtney and his friend, Alex Gutierrez.
Leo bravely battled an aggressive form of cancer, and his family is thankful for the care and dedication of the medical professionals who treated him, including Dr. Carl Anderton, Dr. Andy Hall, the Shannon Hospital's 4th, 5th and 6th floor nurses and staff, and Hospice of San Angelo/West Texas Rehabilitation Center.
Leo is survived by his forever love, life partner, and dedicated wife, Tracy; daughter, Mandi Thompson and husband Buddy, of Post; son, Courtney Stewart and wife Tamara of O’Donnell; grandson, Colton Thompson of South Fork, Colorado; granddaughter, Emma Thompson of Lubbock; granddaughter, Oaklee Stewart of O’Donnell; father and mother-in-law, Maurice and Patsy Jackson of O’Donnell; sister-in-law, Pattie Griffin and husband Griff of San Angelo; sister-in-law, Patsy Stewart of Amarillo; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives, as well as a host of dear friends.
Leo’s life will be celebrated at 2 PM on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at the First Baptist Church in O’Donnell, with Reverend Taylor Wood officiating. Final rites and interment will follow in the O’Donnell Cemetery under the personal care and direction of Combest Family Funeral Homes.
Pallbearers will be Leo’s friends: Skeete Foster of Sterling City, Jesse Lujan of Midland, Randy Brewer of London, Alex Gutierrez of O’Donnell, Jeremy Harrison of San Angelo, Clint Harrison of San Angelo, Benny Gass of Lubbock and Corey Gass of Lubbock.
In lieu of flowers, Leo’s family requests that you consider contributing to a charity of your choice.