Donald (Doon)Richard LeBlanc, 65, passed away, October 15, 2021, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s and MS at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH.
Born in Manchester, NH May 13, 1956, to Josephine and Alphonse LeBlanc. He is predeceased by his parents Josephine and Alphonse LeBlanc, sisters Irene Pichette, Jennette Davis Kula, Lillian Kula, and Pauline Prince.
The youngest of six children, he graduated from Manchester Central High School, received an Associate Degree in Computer Programming from Hesser College while he was in the National Guard.
In 1987 He joined the Army. As an Army Specialist, he received multiple commendations for his work: Meritorious Achievement as the computer troubleshooter of the 178th personnel (FAST) while deployed to the Hoenfels Training area; a medal for Meritorious Service as a Computer Programmer in the Program Analyst section 178th personnel service Company for TACCS, and a commendation for exceptional performance of duty while assign to the U.S. Army TRADOC analysis Command in White Sans Missile Range, NM.
After his honorable discharge in 1991, he continued with his education and received his Bachelor of Science from New Hampshire College. His computer expertise led him to a successful career as a Senior Network Administrator until his early retirement due to Alzheimer’s and MS.
A motorcycle enthusiast he travelled on many motorcycle adventures with friends to motocross races in Unadilla, NY, Alexandria Bay, all over upstate New York, all over NH, ME and VT, and a memorable ride to New York City for lunch and back.
He also shared with his friends, epic adventures on his motorcycle and in his blue Mazda Miata, to Yellowstone, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, the Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountain National Park, Crazy Horse, Devil’s Tower, and Bear Tooth Highway, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains, Deals Gap – also known as the tail of the dragon – in Tennessee/North Carolina, and the Cherohala Skyway.
Additionally, he enjoyed many ski trips to Cannon Mountain, Loon, Wildcat and Sunday River; white water rafting in Maine; Patriots games, (It is reported that Doon hosted the best Superbowl parties!); concerts; and many, many gatherings with his life-long friends. He will be remembered for his incredible comedic timing, his love of 70’s music, tennis, mudslides, and his generous heart.
Despite Alzheimer’s and MS, he continued to live his last summer with tremendous grace and impeccably timed humor. He enjoyed viewing his perennial gardens from his favorite seat, the garden swing he shared with his wife Masheri, trips with his wife and friends Dan and Kathy Pouliot to the sunflower festival, Portsmouth Harbor tour, and their fun afternoon excursions to Rye for his favorite seafood dish, fried haddock from BG’s Boat House restaurant in Portsmouth.
He will be missed by his best friend and wife, Masheri Chappelle-LeBlanc, his stepdaughters, Sequoia Baskind and Sierra Wilcox, and son-in-law Casey Wilcox, furry grandson Herribone Wilcox, his brother Roland LeBlanc, Sister-in-law, Yvette LeBlanc, niece, Michelle LeBlanc, great niece Samantha LeBlanc, dear friends of 45 years Dave and Karen Moynihan, and his many nieces and nephews.
His family would like to acknowledge the kindness, professionalism and compassion of the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH for their amazing care of Donald during his final days. Donations can be made in his memory to the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, NH, 03054.
Donald will receive a military service and laid to rest at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.