Donald K. Lehto

Donald K. Lehto

Donald (Don) K. Lehto, passed away peacefully at his home in Houston on September 29, 2021.

Don was born to Arthur and Vera Lehto in November 1946 in Painesville, Ohio. He grew up in Madison, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie and graduated from Bowling Green University with a degree in Geology. Soon after he was hired by Texaco and moved to New Orleans, where his sons Matthew and Jason were born. It was in New Orleans that Don learned that there was a reason to eat besides being hungry. His career then took him to Houston where he worked for Signal and C&K before forming his own company, Allegro Oil and Gas, the first of numerous oil and gas ventures in his fifty year career.  Don joined Houston Geological Society in 2009.

In 1993 Don married Jane Pierce Stuart and they began years of adventure, travel, and happy times spent with family and many friends. Don was loved by all who knew him and admired for his kindness, honesty, loyalty and love of life.

Don is predeceased by his parents and his sister, Lorraine. He is survived by his loving wife, Jane; sons, Matthew (Mary) and Jason (Nicolle); daughter, Dr. Lynn Melancon; grandchildren, Jordan Lehto, Audrey Lehto, Renee Lehto, Emmett Lehto and Katya Shmorhun; nephew, Marcus Menough (Angie) and children, Jackson and Georgia.