In Loving Memory of
Leo Allen Goertz
Leo Allen Goertz
Zig Ziglar once revealed, "When you combine love, integrity and skill, you create a legacy." These qualitiesâ€"mixed with a healthy dose of Aggie Spiritâ€"encapsulate the life of Leo Allen Goertz, who passed away on December 7, 2015, in his beloved College Station. He was 55.
Born in Austin (always the consummate Aggie, he probably wouldn't mention it) on August 5, 1960, Leo was warmly welcomed by his parents, Raymond John Goertz and Lorene May Mergele Goertz, both now deceased. He grew up in New Braunfels, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and graduated high school in 1978, then followed his two older brothers to Texas A&M University. That same year, he began his career with TAMU Athletics as a student baseball trainer and manager. Shortly after he graduated from A&M in 1985, Leo was the first person honored by Diamond Dry as the Collegiate Baseball Groundskeeper of the Year. By 1996, he was named Athletic Field Manager for the entire Aggie athletics department.
Leo was fully invested in former Texas A&M president Robert Gatesâ€™s admonition to students: "No matter what you do or achieve, your life will be neither truly successful nor truly complete unless it includes significant service to others." In addition to dedicating himself to his work at Texas A&M, Leo had a passion for a great cup of coffee (and Spanish coffee cake), shared with a friend while reflecting on recent Aggie games or sports memorabiliaâ€"two of his favorite subjects. He was fun to be around and loved golf, skiing, country music and western dancing, and especially evenings spent under the stars. As a mentor to students and young people (including the Diamond Darlings), Leo stayed amiable and approachable to those around himâ€"a humble man. His character was shaped by his strong Catholic upbringing as he loved God, considered himself a steward of the earth, and endeavored to live by Christâ€™s teachings. These beliefs were reflected in the way he cared for and treated his family, friends and especially his loving best friend for two decades, Shana Hart. Leo found inspiration in his uncle, Father Leo Goertz, and in his friendships with Coaches Chandler and Johnson, two of his colleagues at TAMU.
Those remembering him now include Leoâ€™s dear Shana, his brothers Charlie (and wife Debra) and Randy (and wife Sharon), his nephews Jason, Danny (and Alyssa), Brandon and Ryan, along with Leoâ€™s great-niece, Addelyn, all the Goertzes around Bastrop and Rockne, TX, and his many friends. A memorial ceremony will be held for Leo Goertz at the Hall of Champions at Kyle Field, on the campus of Texas A&M University, at 10:30am on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Following this memorial, there will be a service to inter his ashes at the Aggie Field of Honor.
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