Saturday, November 01, 2014

Central Heights grad inspired family community with cancer fight

By DYLAN LYSEN, Herald Staff Writer | 6/4/2014

Jaron Leach thought of his daughters when he realized he might not have much time left, Montana Leach, his wife, said.

“He put his kids before anybody,” she said. “When he realized he wouldn’t be around much longer, he did everything he could to make sure they had what they needed. He made the memory trunks so they would know what kind of person their father was.”

Jaron Leach thought of his daughters when he realized he might not have much time left, Montana Leach, his wife, said.

“He put his kids before anybody,” she said. “When he realized he wouldn’t be around much longer, he did everything he could to make sure they had what they needed. He made the memory trunks so they would know what kind of person their father was.”

Jaron Leach, formerly of Rantoul, died Friday at his home in Paola with his wife at his side, after battling testicular cancer for more than a year. Survivors include two young daughters — Alivia, 4, and Jaytyn, 10 months — and his wife, along with his several siblings and a community that tried its best to help the man who seemed to help everyone else effortlessly.

Jaron Leach was the third child of Robert Leach and Dorothy Dashiell’s four children, including his sister Rusti, brothers Jason and Sam. Montana Leach said her husband was a family man, constantly supporting his family members with their endeavors. His father said previously that the 24 year old known to many as “Bear” was constantly involved in family events, including attending all of his younger brother’s basketball games when he played for Central Heights.

“He was extremely involved in family activities,” Rusti Leach said. “He was always trying to get the family together.”

Montana Leach said several friends, organizations and people they haven’t even met offered support to help “Bear” in his time of need. She said the support came because her husband was known for helping others in need whenever the opportunity arose.

“Jaron had an amazingly big heart. If he knew someone needed help he was first to offer,” Montana Leach said. “I’ve witnessed him do everything from repairing his neighbor’s roof, stopping to help people shovel their driveway, pull their vehicles out of snow, or buy a stranger gas at the gas station and getting upset because he forgot to check their oil.”

Her husband also was available to give advice, she said.

“He’s the go-to for advice and help and he will tell you when you’re in the wrong without hesitation, especially his dad and brother because he cared about them so much,” Montana Leach said. “He was an amazing father and put his kids’ needs before anyone’s. He was an amazing husband as well. He wanted nothing more than to spend every minute he could with me and not many men are like that!”

She said even though her husband could anger her at times, he always was capable of making it up to her.

“He was a charmer, he could make you so mad and then know exactly how to make you smile again,” she said. “He knew everything about everything — well he thought he did, anyway — and there was no being wrong. But man did I enjoy the few times he was and I was right.”

She always will cherish the times he took care of her, she said.

“I was blessed to have someone so responsible and independent who allowed me to stay home and raise our baby and take care of him in every way I could,” Montana Leach said. “He made sure I was well taken care of and offered to get me just about everything he thought I wanted, but I wanted nothing more from him than his presence. He also pushed me to grow up and become a better person. He was my best friend. We loved all the same things and shared the same aspirations; land, cows, pond, barn house, etc.

“He was perfect for me. I am lucky to be the one he chose to give his last name and I will miss him and his famous smile immensely. We all will.”

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