Jim Leach, 59, of Midland, passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2021. He was born on January 4, 1962 to Brunnetta and James Leach. Jim attended school at St. Ann’s Catholic School, Bowie Elementary, and San Jacinto Junior High School. He then graduated from Midland High School. Jim furthered his education at Midland College, Texas Tech, and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
In 1991, Jim married Stacy Hawkins. They welcomed Emily Abigail to their family in 1997. In 2001, their family grew once more with the birth of Maxwell Wyatt.
Born and raised as a native Midlander, Jim had many passions and hobbies including beekeeping, scratch-building science fiction models and dioramas, and studying West Texas geology. For over twenty years, Jim was a beloved educator with Midland Independent School District. He enjoyed teaching social studies and math but his passion fell in teaching fifth grade science. Professional honors included Teacher of the Year at Fannin Elementary, as well as receiving the MOST award for Most Outstanding Science Teacher from the West Texas Geology Foundation in 2006. The award that he was most proud of was when former students would return to visit him. He was proud of the adults that his students had become. Many of these students would name Mr. Leach as their all-time favorite teacher.
He is survived by his wife, Stacy Leach; and children, Emily and Max Leach.
He is preceded in death by his father, James Travis Leach, and his mother, Brunnetta Leach.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to West Texas Cat Wranglers at www.MidlandCatWrangers.org.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 6:00PM-8:00PM at The Branch at npw, 3800 N. Big Spring St.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com.