Rev. Don Edward Legge

The Rev. Don Edward Legge passed away peacefully in his home on Dec. 14, 2017, in Georgetown.

Don was born in Paducah, Texas, in the summer of 1931 to Margaret and Eudell Legge. His young parents welcomed into their modest home Margaret’s widowed mother, Julia Moore, and her two young children, Jeanette and Betty Jo, who became his older “sisters.”

Don graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He participated in Student Government, was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and other honorary organizations.

After serving in the US Army, he returned to Austin and established a small general architectural practice. He was the Executive Director of the Texas Society of Architects for a time and returned to private practice in 1972.

In his youthful years, he was increasingly burdened by chronic alcoholism until, crushed by its devastation, in an “Event of Grace,” he was brought to the healing fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous on Dec. 18, 1971. There he found sobriety, transformation and health, and in which company he has lived ever since, as they say, “happy, joyous and free,” blessed with a myriad of friends whose love was his wealth.

Eventually becoming an Episcopalian, he left his professional practice and served for ten years as a hospital chaplain. Called to ordained ministry late in life, he became a Priest of the Church and the Vicar of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Cameron, where “Father Don” served until his retirement in 2007. Don also served as President of The Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church, was a founder of the Diocese of Texas “Little Church Club,” and served as Chaplin to Retired Priests in the Austin area.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Peery; his children, Emily Legge and Adam Legge; grandchildren, Joe Gelino and wife Tiffany, Jamie Black and husband Mike; great-granddaughter, Jordan Gelino; and step-daughter Meegan Peery.

A Memorial Celebration will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Cameron. A family Memorial Gathering will be arranged at a later date in Salt Lake City, Utah. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested for Down Home Ranch in Elgin or Christian Farms-Treehouse in Temple.