Esteban C. Leon, Sr.

Esteban C. Leon, Sr., 78, of Blue Springs, MO passed away March 19, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Pedro Leon, Sr. and Regina Leon; his twin brother, Pedro Leon, Jr.; and sisters, Socorro Medina and Juanita Frear. Steve is survived by his brother, Juan Leon (Reta); sisters, Guadalupe Morales and Bertha Houser (George); children, Esteban Leon, Jr., Richard Leon and Peter Scott Leon (Julie); grandchildren, Baily, Seth, Drew, Anasophia, Michaela, Cole; and several great grandchildren; former wife, Mary Leon; and numerous nieces and nephews.  After high school, Steve joined the United States Marine Corps with his twin brother, Pedro, Jr. They remained together their entire tour of duty.  Returning to civilian life, Steve was a truck driver for Keebler Co. for 34 years.  He then established Esteban’s Hot Sauce with his son, Pete. Steve was a boxing coach and trainer for 31 years.  He was head coach of the Golden Gloves Association of KC for several years.  He volunteered at Whatsoever Community Center for 15 years, becoming head coach and taking boxer, Jesse Aquino to the Good Will games in St. Petersburg, Russia.  He also volunteered at KCMO PAL Police Gym and Blue Springs Warriors.  Steve loved to hunt and fish and loved cats, naming each new cat Maxwell.  A visitation will be held Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, MO at 11AM, with funeral service at 12PM, burial to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, KCMO.


  1. Kathleen Fratto (Medina) on March 21, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    My heart felt prayers go to the family of my uncle Steve – May our Father in Heaven give you the peace and comfort in this time of grief. I will see you on Thursday. Hugs to you all.

  2. Tammy and Mike Putman on March 21, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Knew Steve through the Golden Gloves and I remember him the the kindness of thoughts, he will be deeply missed.

  3. Rocky Hughes on March 21, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Steve was an awesome Boxing coach – We had many of trips together all over the USA.. I am glad I got to see him last Saturday… He will be deeply missed.. God Bless

  4. Billy Jones on March 21, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I first met Estaban, when his grandchildren began wrestling several years ago. What a kindered spirit and great family. The boys have since moved on to other passions, but in recent years Estaban, shared his boxing knowledge and experience helping local fighters strive for their dreams of being great. Little did they know they had not only a good example concerning boxing, but an exceptional example of character, and how to be a decent, honest and hard working individual. All my heartfelt condolences from my family to your in this time.

    Jones Family.

  5. Janet Sabin on March 22, 2016 at 2:42 am

    I will miss Esteban’s cheerful demeanor, his smile, his curiosity and his great cooking, his love of community and caring for others. I’ll remember his greetings of ‘Hello honey’ and a slap on the back. He was a strong, proud man. ..May he rest in God’s peace.

  6. Russell & Kimberly Penson on March 22, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Blessings to the family. We enjoyed worshipping with Esteban and may he rest in Peace.

  7. Lantz E. Nave II on March 22, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Esteban was my old boxing coach back when he used to train with Phil Jones and the martial arts center (U.N.I.Vers.All MMA). I can’t believe he’s gone now he was in my corner when I got my first knockout and he was also there in my corner when I first went to the World Kickboxing Championships in Florida July 2010. I’d also seeing at the Blue Springs Hy-Vee where I worked where they stocked his hot sauce. And man he used to drive with style in that Cadillac or that BMW. R.I.P. Coach Esteban, you’ll never be forgotton.

  8. Kevin Joyce on March 22, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Esteban was one of kind, he taught me how to fight and his boy (Pete) showed me how to be a hardworking Millwright. These two crafts are the best thing that ever happened to me, so thank you Esteban for making such a huge impact on my life.

  9. Angela Stanton on March 22, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Heaven has definitely gained another angel. Uncle Steve was such a sweet soul. We will always and forever remember him.

  10. Michael tharp on March 22, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    I will never forget Estaban leon!! truly one of a kind! coach and friend. Until we meet again coach!! (Prayers for his family!)

  11. Scott Leon on March 22, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Dad I’m going to miss you! You was a great dad! I will see you again. Scotty

  12. Jeremiah Denson on March 23, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Esteban was my boxing coach with Phil Jones, he taught me so much about myself. Not only how to fight but how to have a softened heart. Esteban u will truly be missed by many. But remember by everyone. Love and respect. Rest well my friend.

  13. Louis Pena on March 23, 2016 at 7:27 am

    RIP. Steve you will be missed. I will never forget the memories I have with you as my coach and going to national boxing tournaments with you. Those memories I will always cherish. You will be missed.

  14. Homer Kalinka on March 23, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Rest in peace my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Coach and his family. Semper Fi

  15. Chuck Wolfe on March 23, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Sad to hear. Condolences to family and friends. Coach Esteban was a good man. Thoughts and Prayers sent to all who knew him.

  16. Steve Simpson on March 23, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Sorry to hear about Esteban’s passing. He had a good heart. May God bring comfort to all who loved him.

  17. Rocky Edgar on March 24, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    My heart and prayers go out to Steve and his family. Steve was my first coach. So many years so many memories. You left an impact Steve. May you rest in peace.

  18. Deb Williamson on March 25, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Oh you were hot and sassy as your salsa and as true a friend as any. Your light continues to shine on all of us who know you. We’ll see you one day in the kingdom, keep the ringside seats ready.

  19. Scott Duckworth on April 13, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Sorry for you loss Scotty. Your dad was a great man that many will never be able to duplicate. I remember your dad always giving us a ton of Kebbler cookies…kept me and my brothers from starving when we were growing up. He was always a good man to my family and he will be missed by all that knew him.

  20. Brandon Hedges on August 13, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Sorry for your loss. He was my boxing coach back when I was in highschool and we won some kc golden gloves tournament fights.

    It’s been about 15 years and I was looking him up to train with him again when I came across this.

  21. Scott on November 12, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    First deer season with you not hear or to talk about the good old days! Miss you lots

  22. Kenneth Washington on March 7, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Man I didn’t know he passed. I last saw him in 06 and he taught me a lot about boxing and life lessons for the 4 years I trained under him. He was a very vibrant person and full of life and use to call me slim pickins lol Miss ya coach.

  23. Chase on April 8, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Very inspirational and funny person and fun to be around even though I wasn’t boxing use to sit in his practice

  24. Amy fitzgearlds on May 26, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    You made the best hot sauce ever!!! I wish I could buy some , he was so nice and funny and I use to help him sell his hot sauce in booths at the city market, his son Pete knew my mom and that’s how we met it seemed like he lived a great life , may the angels be watching over you

  25. Willie Colette on June 12, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Rest in peace Coach I love you. I’ll never forget silver gloves tournament 1999 Scott Hicks was kicking my butt then the third round you slapped me in the head gear and told me that I had to knock him out, you have to stop him now!!!! You told me to go to the head and go to the body hard and come to the Head. I stopped him at the end of the third made him throw up all over the ring ???. You didn’t stop laughing the whole way home.
    I know you’re up there training the angels.

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