Former prosecutor Leonard Bruce in Odessa dies after cancer battle

May 21, 2012 7:06 PM

Leonard Bruce, a long-time Ector County prosecutor affectionately known as Lenny, died Monday morning after a years-long battle with colon cancer.

Bruce, 59, retired in March 2011 after 18 chemotherapy treatments over a year made the physical stresses of the position too much for him to handle.

Bruce accepted that he couldn’t do the job he loved anymore and retired to try building a kit plane that he never was able to finish.

But he was hailed by a coworker and a courtroom opponent as someone who never gave up.

District Attorney Bobby Bland said Bruce was “meticulous” in everything he did, from his job to his personal life.

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