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There is no easy way to tell any of you that my sweet, loving husband, Leland, has gone on to be with the Lord.

“But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
2 Timothy 4:5-7

October 8, 1934 – June 14, 2017

Leland Maples, age 82, passed away June 14, 2017. Leland was born in Coleman, Texas, October 8, 1934 to Moses and Viola Maples. He graduated with a BS degree from Howard Payne University, where he was a four year letterman in football. He was selected to the All Texas Conference teams his junior and senior year. He was elected by his teammates to be captain his senior year. Leland was also chosen as Who's Who in colleges and universities.

Some friends talked Leland into going into the Big Spring Federal Prison to do a Bible class in 1985. In 1988, Leland married Linda Mahan of Odessa, and, together they formed LOOPS (Loved Ones of Prisoners.) They and numerous volunteers did Bible-based seminars in most prisons in West Texas. They conducted Marriage Seminars, Discipleship Seminars and A Day with Mom (or Dad,) where they took the children (1st through 6th grade) in to see the incarcerated parent This program received the Exemplary Program Award given by the Texas Corrections Association and the Governor's Award of outstanding children's program.

Leland and Linda pioneered that program and it became very successful. Another program they pioneered was getting local churches involved in Angel Tree (a program started by Prison Fellowship to give Christmas gifts to prisoners' children.) Instead of delivering the presents, the children were invited to the church for a party, pizza, Christmas program and gifts from their mom or dad. They began a support group for the families of prisoners in Midland and Odessa, to meet the needs of the families socially and spiritually. During this time, Leland served two unprecedented three year terms as lay director for the Texas Baptist Men's Criminal Justice Division.

Leland was also very involved in his community. He was very active in the High Noon Optimist, Odessa Chamber of Commerce's Sports Committee and served as their president where he received the President's Award. He was also involved in the Odessa Track Club which hosted the National Track Meet for 13 years in Odessa.

In 2002, Leland was diagnosed with lung cancer. He was operated on and had a long rehab, since they took out 2/3 of his left lung. During that time he started the REC-Room (Re-Entry Chapel), a weekly meeting for people in treatment at all three Clover Houses, parolees and troubled people in general. He also started teaching in these facilities as a volunteer. His program "From Garbage to Gems" (13 weeks) was accepted by the Parole Board and is taught twice a week at the parole board office and all three Clover Houses.

His book, "Keep Looking Up!" was published in October, 2015. It is a collection of all of his articles from the early 90's to the present time from the LOOPS newsletter, "Reflections".

He is preceded in death by both his parents and one brother, Dwain; a son, Michael, and two daughters, Martha Moore and Mary Davis.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, one sister and her husband, Cicci and Mike Butler of Collinsville, Texas; two sons, Mark and Rosemary Maples of Brazoria, Texas, and Matt and Mary Maples of Alvin, son-in-law, James Moore of La Marque, Texas; two step-daughters, Tracy and Jed Street and Kelly Cottingham, both of Odessa, Texas. Leland is also survived by ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

When Leland found out that he had cancer again, he always told everyone, “I’m in a win-win situation. I either get to stay here and be with my family and friends or I get to go home and be with my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.”
He is home. Keep Looking Up!

til next time,

Linda Maples