Jerry “Daryl” Leeper
Our amazing father Jerry “Daryl” Leeper was met by GOD early Sunday morning surrounded by his family who loved him dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents Samuel Paul Leeper and Myra May Leeper and was survived by his wife Sue Leeper, his son Jerry “Brant” Leeper and daughters Tammy Minhinnick and Ginger Sims. He was also survived by his sons in law, Mark Minhinnick and David Sims, and his daughter in law Kristina Leeper, as well as Lynda Estep and his grandchildren Mindy Sims, Logan Sims (grandson in law), Amie Sims, Justus Adams (grandson in law), Madie Sims, Daryl “James” Leeper, Sullivan J. Garfield, Jerry “Alex’ Leeper, Tess Minhinnick, Jack Minhinnick, and Quinlan Logan Sims (great grandchild).
Everyone who knew him called him by his middle name, Daryl. Daryl grew up in Farmington where he met his wife, Farmington native Sue Hackney. As children, they grew up as neighbors across the alley on Loma Linda Street, never knowing that they would later be best friends in life and have a marriage spanning 47 years.
As a young man, Daryl went into business with his father Paul Leeper and owned Leeper Equipment in Farmington, a tractor dealership. Daryl learned to be a natural leader and businessman from his father… he found his true calling.
In the late 80s, Daryl acquired Cascade Bottled water in Farmington and with his wife Sue, grew this business into one of the largest bottled water companies in the state of New Mexico. He was a natural salesman. Daryl was kind, fair and generous to his many employees over the years. He also donated to and sponsored countless organizations in San Juan county.
Daryl, like his father Paul, was also a Free Mason raised to the 3rd level, 32nd degree Scottish Rights. He wore his Masonic ring most of his life.
Daryl was also heavily involved in the San Juan Rotary club as he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow award. He loved to be involved and give back to the community that he called home his entire life.
Daryl was always an avid motorcyclist. In High School, he was in a moto-scooter club. He raced dirt bikes. The dirt bike trails he helped to create became the Road Apple mountain bike trail system north of Farmington. He always owned a street bike and eventually joined the Harley Davidson family and was a passionate rider and active member of the Four Corners HOG chapter. Daryl and his son Brant spent thousand of miles riding together all over the country. He loved riding the La Plata mountains and million dollar highway as well as planning his next trip!
As a father and grandfather, Daryl was loving, kind, fair and honest… traits he passed down to all of his children and family. He was in love with and honored his wife Sue every single day of their 47 year marriage. He was a great teacher in life, as a baseball coach and a businessman and wanted the best out of everyone he taught. He was a kind and gentle man.
Daryl will be missed by everyone who ever knew him.
Services will be held at Brewer Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. Farmington, New Mexico, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 1st, 2019.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations sent to the Shriners hospital.
Daryl’s care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St., in Farmington, NM, (505) 325-8688. You may share condolences with the family on our website: www.serenityandcompany.com.