December 3, 1975 ~ May 26, 2019

Born in: Denver, Colorado
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

Leland Peter Richardson
December 3, 1975 – May 26, 2019

Leland Peter Richardson, age 43, of Colorado, passed away May 26, 2019, surrounded by family and friends. Born on December 3, 1975, in Denver, Colorado to Marcellus Richardson and Valerie Poole. Leland graduated from Rangeview High School and Colorado State University.  Leland went on to open The Crop Shop Barber and Beauty Salon, which served the community for over 15 years. The Crop Shop served as a haven for the youth in the community, where knowledge and wisdom were available to anyone willing to accept his passionate guidance.


Leland was a pillar of the community. He went on to help others start their own individual businesses under his guidance and expertise. Leland was well respected not only throughout his community but the entire city.


Leland was a forward thinker, innovative in his ideas, always looking to improve not only his situation but the others around him as well. Leland served as a mentor to countless youth. He believed in helping others and he understood the spirit of entrepreneurship as a means to attain financial freedom. Leland was happy to share these lessons with anyone willing to listen.


Leland embodied courage at every point in his life.  He always held his head high no matter the challenge. Leland made sure to always listen and make sure everyone knew their value.  Leland was a man of true greatness, true wisdom, and true knowledge. His spirit will live on forever in all of us.


Leland is survived by Valerie Poole, Marcelus Richardson, Adrian Walton, Aisha Richardson, Idalis Richardson, Jersee Richardson, Brook’lynn Richardson, and Darshalon Berry-Smith. He was preceded in death by Harrel G. Keeling, Sr. and Thomas Powell.


A Celebration of Leland’s life will be Saturday, June 8, 2018, beginning at 2:00 PM, at Zion Baptist Church, 933 East 24th Avenue, Denver, Colorado.


Please share your memories of Leland and condolences with his family by signing the guestbook below.


Celebration of Life: June 8, 2019 2:00 pm

Zion Baptist Church Denver
933 East 24th Avenue
Denver, CO 80205


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  1. I can’t even find the words. I love you my friend and you will be greatly missed! Hug Thomas for me. I will never forget you and the memories. I’m so thankful and grateful to have known you! R.I.P. my friend….. 🙁


    • Rest in Peace, truly a light to so many around you. Our condolences to all your beloved family and friends.
      Leon and Cheree Mayfield

  3. You were a great friend to many and wasn’t selfish with providing support, advice, and much needed laughter. Your physical presence will be missed my friend, but you will forever live on in spirit.

  4. My deepest sympathy to the family and many friends of Leland. I’ve know Leland since middle school and although we weren’t very close after high school, I have some great memories. Rest in heaven my friend-You are definitely missed.

  5. My cousin/big brother, my heart is broken and this all seems surreal. My condolences to Val, Isha and the family. I can only remember all the foolishness that we got into as kids, that got us in trouble, left permanent scar but gave wonderful memories that I will cherish forever, as I smile and laugh at your corny jokes, your beautiful spirit and kinds heart. I Love you and the family, rest peacefully, enjoy paradise. Love Trai and family

  6. Leland,
    You are “Blood Of My Blood” Always !! In this life and the next. I have so many
    memories of your journey on this earth. That path has come to an end. You have a
    new path to follow now. Take your cell phone, laptop, headset, a good pair of clippers.
    You know, the essentials. Should you find 4 bars on that phone….text me. Luv Ya

  7. My buddy. You took over cutting the boys heads after Thomas died. Made me cut lil mans curls off when it was time. And I wasn’t ready. I will never forget the laughs, the jokes and your kindness. Your smile could light up the room. RIP Leland. You will never be forgotten. Say what’s up to Thomas.
    My condolences to your family. You will missed.

  8. Rest in Peace, truly a light to so many around you. Our condolences to all your beloved family and friends.
    Leon and Cheree Mayfield

  9. Lee,
    You left me with some great memories. I thank God for the chance he gave me to have you in my life. I will forever cherish those times and how you were there for me when Kayla passed. You were strong, resilient, funny, charismatic, intelligent, caring, comforting, loyal and loving. When I stop and think of you which is each and every moment, I hear your laugh, your voice, see your demeanor and your infectious smile. Words cant express the sadness I feel and I will forever have you in my heart. I love you now and always. Grace Heaven with laughter and love.

  10. It is with a heavy heart that I warmly and sincerely offer my condolences to the family of Leland Peter Richardson. I first had the pleasure of meeting Leland through my brother, they were friends. Later, Leland and I became friends while in college. He truly embodied strength, wisdom, and impeccable business savvy! His intelligence and strong aptitude for business was definitely empowering. There are many fond memories that I have of Leland, and like my own memories, I pray that the family will keep dear to your hearts, the warm individual memories shared, along with your own…in hopes they will make you smile.
    “Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalms 30:5

  11. Leland was my barber for many years, he was a friend to me and he always told me stories with his friends. When he dies, I remembered perfectly on that day, the sky was dark and it was raining like the sky was crying. It’s been years since i’ve seen him but I never forgot him. It was like I lost a close relative. He follows my mom, Roslyn D O’neal in death. RIP,


  12. Although our paths only crossed a few times, I could tell that Leland was an intelligent, ambitious, young Brother with a bright future ahead of him. Somethimes we may think that Life isn’t “Fair”, but GOD sees our struggles and saw fit to call Leland HOME for a final, pain-free, REST. Enjoy your Heavenly Journey in PARADISE Lee and may GOD comfort your family during their time of need.


  13. Rest in Peace Leland. I knew you when you were a child as I was a close friend of your mother in the 70’s. We somehow lost connection and I just learned of your passing today July 27, 2019.
    I will make every attempt to reach out to contact your mom as I already know she needs a comforter and understanding that she and the family will get through this time of grief with the help, grace and mercy of our God.

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