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Posted on: Friday, January 19, 2001

Leabert Lindsey Jr., ex-rodeo competitor, dead at 27

Advertiser Staff

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — One-time rodeo competitor and promising Hawaiian vocalist Leabert "Lea-J" Fairchild Lindsey Jr., 27, died Jan. 10 after a long illness.

Lindsey, son of recording artist Leabert Lindsey Sr., was a sixth-generation paniolo. He competed in four national high school rodeo competitions, and sang the national anthem at the finals in Shawnee, Okla., in 1991.

Billy Bergin, the Waimea veterinarian who brought the sport of rodeo to Hawaii high schools, said Lindsey’s performance brought a standing ovation from the crowd of 8,000.

Lindsey was born Jan. 26, 1973, in Honolulu. After high school, he worked in construction before his five-year struggle with a connective tissue disease.

He is survived by his parents, Leabert and Karen Lindsey; brothers Rockey and Kauka; sister, Bethany Antonio; and grandparents, Stephen and Lokelani Lindsey, Tony and Piilani Bettencourt, Eli Keolanui and Cathleen Ray.

Family visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Kona Faith Center of Thy Word Ministries, with a service at 2 p.m. There will be an all-night wake at the family home on Kiwi Street in Kailua-Kona (1-808-329-2899), with a prayer service at 8 p.m.

On Oahu, visitation will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Ordenstein’s Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary, with a funeral at 11 a.m. and burial at 1 p.m. at Greenhaven Memorial Park in Kaneohe.

Correction: A previously posted version of this story incorrectly gave the names of some of Lindsey's grandpaprents.

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