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Obituary: Lance Joseph "L.J." Poimboeuf - Football 1960-62 - May 18, 2018

October 11, 1940 - May 18, 2018

Obituary for Lance Joseph Poimboeuf
Lance Joseph Poimboeuf

Lance Poimboeuf, 77, a native of Franklin, LA and resident of Thibodaux, LA passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018.

A visitation will be held in his honor on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral, Thibodaux, LA from 8:30am until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am. Private burial will follow at a later date.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy Clement Poimboeuf; sons, David Poimboeuf and wife, Danielle, Cory Poimboeuf and wife, Erica; daughter, Chelle' Carroll and husband, John; six grandchildren, Cameron, Ali, Landon, Cade, Brody, and Ella.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lance C. Poimboeuf; mother, Una Thibodaux Poimboeuf Larpenter and step-father, Alton; and brother, Gerald Poimboeuf.

Lance attended USL, Lafayette, and played football as a kicker and lineman. He was awarded the Cambre Award for top non-scholarship athlete. In 1963, he played for the Dallas Cowboys. He completed his bachelor's degree at Nicholls State where he met Judy.

He began his career as a coach at E.D. White, winning state championships in 1968 and 1969. He continued his career as an associate professor and Department Head of Health and Physical Education at Nicholls State University.

He completed his Doctorate of Education at East Texas State. During his 30-year career at Nicholls, he served as Faculty Representative to the NCAA and President of the Southland Athletic Conference.

He was active in the community as a member and officer of Lafourche Crossing LA-1 Fire Department. He was an avid fisherman, loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, and cheering on the Colonels and Saints.

In lieu of flowers/plants, donations may be made to The W. Athletic Foundation by contacting Chris at 985-665-7814.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Thibodaux Regional, AMG Specialty Hospital, and Chateau Terrebonne.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Lance Joseph Poimboeuf please visit our Sympathy Store.


Athletic Network Footnote by Dr. Ed Dugas.

Click here for the 1962 Football Photo Gallery and the caption of the team photo identifies L. J. #74.
In 1960 he was # 56 in the team photo, but switched over to #74 for 61 & 62. He is in all three team photos for the 60-62 years.

Click here for the official roster of the 1963 Cowboys which includes L. J. and shows him from Louisiana.  

We communicated regularly on HPE matters while I was on the USL/UL faculty and he on the Nicholls faculty.
In 1990 L.J. and his HPE faculty cooked a wonderful Cajun seafood breakfast for the HPE State Executive Directors for our annual conference. It was held in New Orleans that year and L.J. volunteered to do these special honors. Needless to say, it was a big hit and the "talk of the conference."

He was as fine a person as one could know and it was my pleasure to be his college HPE classmate for three years, then a professional colleague in higher education. My condolences to his family.

Thanks to Judy Poimboeuf and Tom Kelly for providing the information of L. J.'s passing to the AN. It is appreciated.



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