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Obituary: Elvin Bernard Brand – Basketball, Football, Track – Veteran – HPE Faculty – 12/09/1990


Former coach, educator dies Sunday at 82

Obituary for Elvin Brand

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at a 1 p.m. Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church for Elvin ‘œCoach’ Brand, 82, a well-known athlete and educator. He died Sunday at 6:30 a.m. in Oakwood Village Nurse Care Center.


Burial will be in St. John-Fatima Cemetery. The Rev. Richard R. Greene, pastor, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, will be the celebrant of the funeral Mass and will conduct the services.

Survivors include his wife, Genevieve Manouvrier  Brand of Lafayette; one sister, Mrs. L. Glenn Wilson of Opelousas; two nephews, one great niece, and one great nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Mrs. Welton Mouton Sr.

A native on New Iberia and resident of Lafayette for 68 years, Mr. Brand was the son of the late Edward Brand, a native of Illinois, and the former Josephine O’™Shea, a native of Galveston, Texas.

He was a graduate of SLI (now USL), where he earned a bachelor’™s degree and LSU, where he earned a master’™s degree. He also attended Colorado State in Greely  and Northwestern in Illinois.  

Brand graduated from Lafayette High and later returned there as basketball coach and assistant football coach. He lettered in basketball, track, and football at SLI. As a senior at SLI , he was captain of the football team and a member of the SIAA championship basketball team in 1930.

He also coached at Eunice High School before he returned to SLI as a member of the health and physical education faculty in 1939.

He taught at SLI/USL until his retirement in 1973, serving as acting head of the physical education department from 1950-1958.

During World War II, he was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Corps , serving for four years.

Brand was also active in the American Legion baseball program. As sponsor of the PE Majors Club at USL, he stage of successful series of boxing tournaments in Blackham Coliseum during the 1950s.

For many years he headed the Southwestern Louisiana Football Officials Association. He was also active in Boy Scout work.

A rosary will be recited Monday at 6:15 p.m. in the funeral home.

The family requests that visiting hours be observed from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday and from 8:00 a.m. until time of services Tuesday.

Martin and Castille Funeral Home are in charge of funeral arrangements.   

Posted by Dr. Ed Dugas, former student and student worker for Mr. Brand, with special assistance from Cindy Landry and Al Berard, Microfish Dept. of Dupre Library.