Community mourns loss of longtime civic leader

Longtime Flower Mound resident and civic leader Leland Mebine passed away the morning of Feb. 4 at an assisted living center in Highland Village. He was 100 years old.

Since moving to Flower Mound in 1984, Mebine served on the Town Council and Planning and Zoning Commission, and held leadership positions with the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, Youth and Family Counseling, Friends of the Flower Mound Library, and the Flower Mound Rotary Club.

In 1988, Mebine was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce. He was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the chamber in 2010.

Mebine also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was often seen working out at the Cross Timbers Family YMCA in Flower Mound.

The Flower Mound Town Council paid tribute to Mebine’s 100th birthday last June by designating June 26, 2013 as “Leland Mebine Day.”

When asked several years ago what he credits for his longevity, he said, “I think it’s because I don’t dwell on the past. I think in terms of the present and the future.”  Read more about Mebine in a 2013 interview here.

Mebine’s wife, Mary, passed away seven years ago after 54 years of marriage. He had five children, five grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Mebine’s Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. at Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church, 1641 W. Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010.

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