John Paul Leslie

Published 6:16 pm Friday, August 26, 2016

John Paul Leslie of Corpus Christi, Texas died quietly on August 23, 2016.

John was a NROTC graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He served as a US Naval officer aboard USS Suribachi (AE 21) (1958-60), and USS Darby (DE 218) (1961-62) during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After leaving the Navy, he earned his MS in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University.

John worked in Quality Control Management for Westinghouse Baltimore, finishing his long professional career at Texas Instruments in Richardson, TX. Under his determined guidance, TI earned the coveted Baldridge Award in 1992, at which time John retired and moved to Washington, North Carolina to run his own Q&R consulting business. The move allowed him to indulge in his love of the water, and he took frequent boat trips with Elaine on his beloved little Bayliner, Blue Highways.

John was preceded in death by his daughter Laura Leslie Jacob (2005). He is survived by his wife Elaine (TX), daughter Lisa and grand dog Karma (RI), and son-in-law Rick Jacob (Laura) (LA).

Ashes will be interred at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi, TX, and also scattered at sea. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial gifts in his name primarily to Save America’s Treasures ( or secondarily to the American Cancer Society (