Eight year old Landon Liptack was looking forward to becoming a Duke Elementary Bulldog when his life was unexpectedly taken away during a plane crash in August 2014. He was flying in the family’s small aircraft with his father when the accident occurred.
“Landon was full of life and loved all things cars, airplanes, dogs, and books,” said his mother, Charlotte Liptack, who is also the principal of Manvel High School.
So when the Marquez family decided to do something in his honor, they found the perfect solution – donating tons of his favorite books to the Duke Elementary Library; 30 to be exact.
“Books are an important factor in our family and we wanted to do something to allow Landon to be remembered at the campus that he was excited to attend,” said Ashley Marquez, family friend and staff member at Manvel High School.
So the family decided to donate books that would ultimately be labeled with a special sticker designating them as being donated in memory of the young boy.
During the special presentation of the books on February 27, an emotional Liptack could be seen smiling while viewing all of the books. She also had a small request of two of the young girls in attendance, Caitlyn, 8 and Lorelei, 6, whose family donated the books. She simply wanted to read one of Landon’s favorite books to them.
“I am so appreciative of the Marquez family for their kindness and for being so thoughtful. This is just another way that Landon’s legacy will live on,” said Liptack.