Rickie De Leon, 54, of El Paso, passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, at his home. A memorial gathering will be from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.

Born in Orange on April 22, 1959, Rickie was the son of Atilano and Dolly (Murakami) De Leon. He graduated from Bridge City High School in 1978, and played football, baseball, and many other sports. Rickie also played football at West Texas State University and was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan.

Preceded in death by his brother, Dalebert De Leon, Rickie is survived by his parents, Atilano “Tilly” and Dolly De Leon of Bridge City; sons, Jason Lance De Leon of Nederland, James De Leon of Port Arthur; and daughter, Kimberly Marie De Leon of San Diego, Ca.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Rori De Leon and Caden Vincent; brothers, Leon Dave De Leon of Port Arthur, and Michael De Leon of Kountze; and nieces, Shay and Leah De Leon, and Courtney and McKayla De Leon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va, 22312; or the Obesity Action Coalition, 4511 North Himes Avenue, Suite 250, Tampa, Fla, 33614.