Leslie D. Jetton unexpectedly collapsed and died after a fatal heart attack on November 21, 2012 in Meridian, Mississippi. He was 81 years old.
He was a devoted and loyal husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. He had lived in Kenner, Louisiana for 35 years. Leslie was born in Troupe, Texas on April 23, 1931 and was the second son of Calvin and Olla Jetton.
He leaves behind a loving wife, Nelwyn Dixon Jetton, whom he was married to for 53 years. He also leaves behind son Gary Jetton and daughters Sandra Jetton and Nancy Jetton Wormuth, son-in-law Michael Wormuth and granddaughters Amanda, Chelsea and Taylor Wormuth. He is also survived by his sisters, Norma Jetton Smith, Faye Jetton Lavender and his brother Donald Jetton.
He proudly served in the United States Air Force, joining June 10, 1948 and served until retirement 22 years later. His first assignment as a 17-year old airman was to a base in Tachikawa Japan. This assignment was the start of a love of Japan which lasted the rest of his life. During his Air Force career, Leslie worked extensively on the B-52 bombers and also saw assignments on various Strategic Air Command bases in Norway, England and Okinawa. Stateside, he was assigned to various bases across the country but had a particular fondness for Glasgow, Montana and kept in touch with many of the airmen who served at that base. Leslie had asked that his ashes be returned to Montana to be scattered on a mountainside so he could "see the sunrise through the trees."
Leslie was also a veteran of the Vietnam War and the Korean War conflicts having been one of the first to volunteer to go to Korea from Japan and assist in supplying soldiers and airmen as they fought back against the Communist invasion of South Korea. During the Vietnam War, Leslie saw service in Thailand and other Air Force bases in the Pacific and Far East. He was also a member of the Sabar Shrine Temple of Tucson Arizona when he lived in Tucson after retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Olla Jetton and his older brother Burney Jetton. Though it broke our hearts to lose Leslie so suddenly and with no warning, we have found some small comfort in knowing that he has been reunited with his adored father who left him far too soon. Leslie's family plans a memorial service and a last journey to a Montana mountainside for a later date. Memorial contributions may be sent in Mr. Jetton's name to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 Attn: Gift Processing or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163. The online guestbook is available at www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com.