GLEN CARBON, Ill. ( -- The Glen Carbon community is mourning the loss of a beloved veterinarian. Dr. Brent Leh was killed Friday when he lost control on his motorcycle while driving on Moro Road.

His grandfather, Merrill Ottwein, is also a veterinarian. He said the two shared a bond not many others could.

“He had some natural attributes that I thought were wonderful and he’s matured into the veterinarian I’d like to be,” Ottwein said. 

Dr. Brent Leh

Dr. Brent Leh

Clients and staff members said Dr. Leh’s zest for life was contagious.

The 32-year-old was known for his upbeat attitude and adventurous spirit. His colleague, Dr. Paul Myer, said his passion for people and pets touched the lives of thousands.

“I don’t think anybody cared more,” Myer said. 

Even after his death, Dr. Leh continues to give back. Family members said he donated five organs, four to people in the St. Louis area.

His father tells News 4 he was not wearing a helmet during the accident and believes that could have prevented his death.

Family members hope this tragedy urges others to always remember to wear a helmet.

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