Leasel Richardson

Born:               March 26, 1941
Died:                September 01, 1987

Turtle Years:   1980
Section:            Bass

A Turtle’s Tribute:

From a friend:

Leasel directed the youth choir at Lover’s Lane Methodist Church when I was in high school. He was a great guy with Mephistophelean dark curly hair and eyes plus a majestic bass voice.

Our choir under Leasel’s baton did cool, kind of folk-rock sacred music — I was a student accompanist and got to play some rockin’ piano to “Nearer My God to Thee!” One winter (1969?) we took our “show” on the road when Leasel sponsored a choir ski trip to Ruidoso, New Mexico. We played at a few churches along the way and had lots of fun. Leasel was from Muleshoe, Texas, and he told everybody, “Wait till you see the mountains. The first time I saw all that snow, I almost corroded!”

We loved Leasel. When I went to college at SMU, Leasel was finishing
graduate school in sacred music, so I got to go to his recitals and
visit with him and Kathy over in married student housing near the theology school.

They were always nice to me and fun to be with. So enthusiastic and appreciative of all of life’s experiences, it’s hard to think of him gone. Heaven’s a happier place with him there. Godspeed, Leasel.


Cavett Lewis Hughes

A Turtle’s History

Leasel was a charter member of the Chorale.

1 reply
  1. Frank DeAtley
    Frank DeAtley says:

    Leasel was the choir director at First United Methodist Church in Champaign, Illinois while I was a high school and college student. He was simply “the best” director and friend. He had a profound influence on my life and the lives of all of my friends. Never a conformist, he always had a smile for everyone. Sorry to see him leave Champaign, and this earth, way too early in his life. He will always be remembered.


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