Radio host, columnist, and cartoonist Jay Leeson has passed away.
John Thomas (Jay) Leeson V
March 5, 1979 – September 28, 2023
Self described as “Prairie Populist. Artist, commentator, communications pro. 7th generation Texan.”
From The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (with a gallery of Jay’s political cartoons):
Jay Leeson, a West Texas political advocate and media personality who was a regular contributor to the Avalanche-Journal’s opinion pages and publications around Texas, is being remembered for his big heart for people and passion for place.
Leeson’s family confirmed his passing in Lubbock Thursday evening following what was a brief escalated battle with a long-term illness. He was 44.
… known to audiences around Texas for his work as a “radical moderate” who shared his commentary as a radio host on “The West Texas Drive” and as a columnist and cartoonist whose work appeared in numerous publications in Lubbock and across the state of Texas.
He would often refer to himself as a “Prairie Populist”
… In recent years, Leeson focused on his cartoon work, largely dealing with rural Texas politics as well as Texas Tech athletics.