David Lee Leamon

A Celebration of Life for David Leamon will be held at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library on May 9, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

David Leamon, 78, died Monday April 23, 2018 at The Windsor of Lawrence in Lawrence, KS.

He was born July 31, 1939 in Independence, MO, son of Arthur and Lillie Leamon.  He earned degrees from Central Missouri State University in English, Theater and Art Education. He went on to get a Masters of Library Science from Case Western Reserve University.

He worked in a variety of libraries around the country until he became the director of the Jackson District Library in Jackson, MI. where he helped to modernize and expand the libraries in the area. He then moved to San Antonio and worked with renowned architect Ricardo Legorreta and built the main library there before settling finally in Topeka in 1992. Working with Michael Graves he oversaw the development and expansion of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public library which was recently voted Library of the Year in 2017.

He married his wife Audrey (Kaull) Leamon on July 7, 1967, and she survives him. Other survivors include their daughters, Laurel Leamon, Topeka; Anna Leamon; Lawrence; two grandchildren Lily Opgaard and Isaac Barrett; two sons-in-law, Tony Farrell and Todd Ellison; two sisters; Mary Pimblott and Jeanne Lauderdale, both of Independence; and a brother Roy Leamon, also of Independence.

Anyone who would like to share a memory will have an opportunity to do so beginning at 4:00 pm. There will be time for visiting and sharing stories from 3:00-4:00 pm.