Leland Lloyd MacDonald

Leland Lloyd MacDonald, 87, of Midland, Texas passed away on Friday, December 14, 2018 in Midland, Texas.   The memorial service was held on Friday, December 21, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Midland, Texas.  The burial service will be held in Marfa, Texas on August 3, 2019 at 4:00p.m.  Dr. Randal Everett will be officiating.

Lloyd was born on July 19, 1931 in Marfa, Texas to John MacDonald and Myrtle Barnett MacDonald, better known to the family as “Boyte”. His mother taught a number of years at the Blackwell School and His dad was a saddle maker and for many years owned the Highland Saddle and Leather Goods.  During Lloyd’s school years in Marfa, he won awards for Storytelling and reciting poetry and he also participated in choir, band, football, basketball and track.   Following his graduation from Marfa High School in 1948, he attended Baylor University from which he received both his BBA and LLB degrees.  He served two years in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-1954 as a reserve officer. He married Juanice Koen on November 22, 1958.

In 1957 he came to Midland to work for Shell Oil Company as a title analyst.  Following a few years in private law practice, he joined the law firm of Kerr, Fitz-Gerald & Kerr.  Later he became a partner in the Turpin, Smith, Dyer, Saxe & MacDonald Law Firm.  He is a past president of the Midland Bar Association and in 2013 he was chosen to be the first recipient of the John Hyde Memorial Award.

He was active in the community as a member of the Westside Rotary Club, the Midland Jaycees and the First Baptist Church.  He was also a member of the Midland Scottish Rite Association and served two terms as chairman of the Salvation Army Board,

Lloyd was very proud of his Scottish heritage and to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, he and Juanice toured Scotland where they saw Invergarry Castle, the seat of the chiefs of the Clan MacDonald of Glengarry.  It was one of his favorite memories and he would have been pleased to know that some of his ashes were  scattered on the castle grounds this past June.  

Throughout his life, when he was not in the courtroom, he cultivated his love of writing poetry and pursued his interest in the history of Texas.  Lloyd’s book, Tejanos in the 1835 Texas Revolution, was published in 2009 with original illustrations that he had crafted in leather.

He is survived by his wife, Juanice; daughter, Kathy  (Chris Trobridge); daughter-in-law, Kristy MacDonald; granddaughters,  Julianne MacDonald, Jessica MacDonald, Caitlin Trobridge and step-granddaughter, Haylee Barksdale;  nephew, John Cartwright and nieces, Joanne Berndt, and Brenda Knowles . 

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Doris Dodd; brother, John MacDonald; son, David MacDonald; and step-granddaughter Krystean Hall.

Arrangements are under the direction of Alpine Memorial Funeral Home in Alpine, TX.