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Irvin, Leslie Gordon

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August 14, 1942 - April 24, 2015

Irvin, Leslie Gordon


August 14, 1942-April 24, 2015

Leslie “Gordon” Irvin, age 72, of Plano, TX, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2015. The family welcomes all of Gordon’s friends and extended family for visitation from 9:00 to 10:00 am and a funeral service from 10:00 to 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at ARIA Memorial Chapel. A graveside service will be held later in the day at 3:00 pm at Milford Cemetery, in Milford, TX.

Gordon was born and raised on a small ranch near Milford, TX. He was the second of three sons of the Tom Irvin family.  He attended Milford Elementary School and graduated Milford High School in 1960. In Fall 1960, Gordon went to Texas A & M University in Bryan-College Station. He was a member of the Corps the first two years, and graduated in 1964 with a degree in Dairy Manufacturing.

From 1964 through 1969, Gordon worked as a Plant Manager for the Southland Corporation in Ardmore, OK, Dallas, and Wichita Falls. While at the three dairy plants, he gained added training in sales and general management, and then decided to go into Tech Sales. From 1970 through 1974, he worked for Stein-Hall selling food ingredients. Later, from 1975 through 1980, he sold food ingredients for Stouffer Chemical Company. Gordon’s best and most successful sales work was realized from 1980 through 2000 when he was an Account Executive for International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF). His two global accounts were Frito-Lay and M&M Mars. In 1987, he won a trip to Europe for having the highest sales of the year. From 2001 through June 2004, Gordon worked as a consultant to Haarmann & Reimer (H&R), a Bayer Company. While working in sales for 24 years, he also owned a ranch In Milford, TX and raised wheat and beef cattle. During the1990s, he also was the owner of a BBQ restaurant along I-35 in Milford. Gordon truly loved the country life. In his retirement, he would stay a few days a week in Milford up until the day he died.

In the spring of 1977, Gordon met Barbara Bando in California, and they later married in September 1977. After residing in Richardson for six years, they moved to Plano.

Gordon was preceded in death by his mother, father, and older brother, Dean. He is survived by his wife Barbara, his younger brother Kenneth, his nephew James Irvin of Milford, TX, his niece Alysa Kirton of Italy, TX, and an extended family of cousins, and grand nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to the American Heart Association or to the Oncology area of Multiple Myloma (bone cancer).  Please contact his wife for details.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas  75252

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May 02, 2015 1:16PM


Joanne & Stan Wargolet

April 28, 2015 6:01PM

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Though we only met Gordon once in our trip through Texas, we enjoyed his company very much & can only imagine the feeling of sadness you are experiencing. Please know that we are thinking of you.

Grace Ploegstra

April 27, 2015 8:35PM

What can we say about Gordon? When he spoke to you, he looked you in the eyes. He was a good listener. He had a way of making each one of his many friends feel special. Gordon loved to make people laugh. When he saw he made you laugh his eyes would light up and you'd get that wonderful smile. When we're at the restaurant and look over at "Gordon's chair" it's going to be difficult we miss him so much.But Gordon wouldn't want that He'd want us to remember the wonderful times we had when he was here.
Harold and Gay Ploegstra

Meredith and Jean Gibbs

April 27, 2015 1:23PM

We knew Gordon for several years, having met him at our favorite breakfast eatery. He often stopped by our table on his way out to talk. We talked about Wichita Falls where he once worked and where one of us was reared. He also had many stories of growing up in Texas, his property, and how he enjoyed spending time there. We always enjoyed his great sense of humor and his enthusiasm for teasing Angela. Everyone will miss his friendship and conversation.

Tyrone Griffis

April 26, 2015 9:16PM

A wise man once said that you can calculate your wealth by the quality of the friends you have in life. I believe that wise man is right, and I count myself a wealthy person because of Gordon's friendship over many years.

Gordon and I attended Texas A&M at the same time - it was a male only college at that time - not yet a University. The rich and strong culture at the college gave ranch raised kids a good education, enduring friendships and a confident start in life. We often reminisced about the sometimes testing but always formative experiences we had while attending Texas A&M and the ways those experiences helped shape and enrich our lives.

One of the things that stood out about Gordon was how much he enjoyed meeting, talking with and joking with people. He had a natural ability to project his friendliness and sincerity to all he met and to energize a conversation with his knowledge and wit.

In his personal life, among other things, Gordon took interest in and read extensively on a wide range of subjects including history, particularly Texas history, the important business and political issues of the day, ranching practices, and cattle production - just to name a few. When gathered with friends over a hot cup of coffee, Gordon was always interested in whatever topics his friends were energized about on that particular day. Gordon was also good in life's most serious conversations. Speaking personally, at times when VietNam experiences haunted me or my family matters went terribly wrong, I found Gordon to be a worthy friend to talk with in confidence. His views helped and he always honored that confidence - that's a good Aggie for you.

Gordon loved the challenge of searching for, buying, and selling good agricultural land. He had an eye for good ag land and the wisdom to keep some of the best for his own use. He loved, I observed, the challenges of maintaining good ranch pastures and raising quality cattle. Over the years Gordon worked hard to grow his knowledge of cattle breeding and in time with hard work and panning, he reached his goals. He was deeply proud of the quality herd he produced on his ranch.

There are many more things that I could say about my friend Gordon Irvin. However, I believe those things are well summarized by simply saying again, I am privileged to have had such a quality friend. I believe that my life, as well as the lives of others who knew Gordon personally, have been made richer for having known him. May Gordon rest in peace with the LORD.

Walt and Kelly Smith

April 26, 2015 5:37PM

We love and miss him already. A great man and an amazing mentor.

Carol Jean Major

April 26, 2015 5:00PM

My thoughts and prayers go to the Irvin family. I attended school at Milford and graduated in 1962.

virginia "Jenny" Baucom Kelum

April 26, 2015 4:39PM

My Deepest Sympathy to Gordon's
Family. My Thoughts and Prayers go with you.
A neighbor and Milford friend,
Virginia "Jenny" Baucom Kellum

Scott Baker

April 26, 2015 1:49PM

I new Gordon since 2009. He taught me a lot about investments. For example, when things were rocky he said that he would just dig down in a foxhole and wait for things to clear up. He was always a hard and diligent worker and an excellent husband. My life is better by knowing Gordon.

Don Goodenough

April 26, 2015 11:58AM

I have know Gordon since 1972 when he called on me at The Southland Corp Chemical Division R&D. And for the rest of my days working in the food industry as a friend and a competitor.
I will always remember him as a kind, honest and sincere gentleman with a great sense of humor.
God Bless him and his family

Anne Ramotowski

April 26, 2015 11:45AM

May he rest in peace. Anne R

Carl and Ingrid Nunez-Riewerts

April 26, 2015 9:50AM

You are both in our hearts and prayers. God bless!

Julie, Todf & Ferrell Mack

April 26, 2015 12:37AM

We feel blessed to have known Gordon! A wonderful person who enjoyed life and family. We send our prayers for Barbara.

Deborah (Debbie Cockerham) Bradley

April 25, 2015 9:29PM

I knew most of the Irvin family from 1968 when our family purchased Milford Cash Grocery on my 14th birthday and dealt with them in the grocery store and then in 1986 when I started doing income taxes I really got to know Gordon as he dealt with my associate in the tax office. He was always around Milford checking on his property and what was going on and at the school that he attended, seeing what he could do to help keep it upgrading into the future......he was a wonderful man.

Pat Tarashuk

April 25, 2015 6:56PM

We are sad to learn of the passing of your husband, Gordon. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. His spirit will always be with you. Cherish the good times and memories you had during the many years of your marriage. Pat & Richard Tarashuk

Dave and Carole Lawrence

April 25, 2015 6:05PM

Our sympathies to Barbara and his family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you move forward in this very difficult time.

Randall G. Ochoa

April 25, 2015 6:03PM

Gordon my dear dear friend. I have so much respect for you and I will cherish our many breakfast memories that we had together at the Southern Recipe. Thank you for your friendship and I know that heaven has a new VIP that has just arrived. Heaven will learn so much from you. You will always be in my thoughts. God Bless you Gordon.
Thank you for your many hours of friendship over the years.
Randall G. Ochoa

Jim Showers

April 25, 2015 5:32PM

Barbara, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Gordon was one of my favorite people. I always loved it when he came by my office, with or without a legal problem or issue. I will miss those visits so.
Jim Showers