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UL's Dave Comeaux dies â€" 'He was the most unselfish man I ever met' + Obituary 2/16/2019

Kris Wartelle, The Advertiser, Feb. 21, 2019

Condolences are pouring in for one of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's most beloved supporters, David Paul Comeaux.

Comeaux died Saturday morning at his residence in Lafayette after a long battle with cancer. He was 54.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lafayette.

Dave Comeaux and Josie Young attend the  UL Lafayette distinguished professor awards.

Dave Comeaux and Josie Young attend the UL Lafayette distinguished professor awards.  (Photo11: Kris Wartelle)

"He was so very kind and someone whose bright and joyful smile and personality will be missed," wrote his friend Troy Leger in a Facebook post.

Comeaux was a native of New Iberia but lived in Lafayette most of his life. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette B.I. Moody III College of Business and earned a degree in higher education administration at Vanderbilt University. 

Comeaux was a huge UL supporter and was employed in the Development Office as the senior director for planned giving.

Dave and Cindy Comeaux with Nanette and Joe Heggie at a Krewe of Bonaparte party.

Dave and Cindy Comeaux with Nanette and Joe Heggie at a Krewe of Bonaparte party.  (Photo11: Kris Wartelle)

Longtime friend and colleague Dan Hare knew Comeaux for more than 30 years. 

"He was just a genuinely nice person, very thoughtful in the way he spoke to people," Hare said. "He was very dedicated to UL and his family and friends."

Comeaux had a talent for mixing business and pleasure and was involved  in numerous civic and social activities. 

He was the owner of Dave Comeaux Photography and served as the historian for the Krewe of Bonaparte. He also served on the royal court in 2013. 

Former Bonaparte King Cliff Lane knew Comeaux and called him a close friend of more than 20 years. Lane said he never met a more unselfish man, who always thought of others before himself.

"He had just a huge heart and was always there to help anybody," Lane said. "And, incredibly, the whole time he was fighting this disease, he never once complained. It was always, 'What can I do to help somebody else?' He'll be missed by a lot of folks."

Comeaux was known for his involvement in Mardi Gras activities as well as his time raising money and working for UL. Hare said Comeaux had many talents that he shared with the community.

"We enjoyed being involved in the Krewe of Bonaparte," Hare said. "He had so many friends from a variety of the parts of his life. He was a photographer as a sideline and very good at documenting all the activities. We will miss him being with us and his kindness."

On a personal note, I knew Dave as a consummate gentleman who always made sure I was invited to the Bonaparte events and was so helpful in every way. He made my job easy. He will be missed. 

Comeaux's family said he also loved grilling and playing golf, as well as being involved in his son's sports activities and other UL sporting events.

Lane said no matter what, friends and family will do what Comeaux would have wanted and follow his legacy of loving life. 

"He loved his university; he loved this whole town," Lane added. "He just loved people. I can't say enough about him — just a fabulous person. We will continue to celebrate his life." 

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cindy Uhall Comeaux, and one son, Austin David Comeaux. Comeaux also is survived by his parents, two sisters, a brother and several nieces and nephews. 

Memorial contributions can be made in David Comeaux's name to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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Obituary

David Paul Comeaux Obituary 

David Paul Comeaux

Lafayette - Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at a 2:00 PM Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lafayette, for David Paul Comeaux, 54, who died on Saturday morning, February 16, 2019 at his residence in Lafayette, with his family at his side.

Entombment will be in Fountain Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

Reverend Howard Blessing, Pastor, will be the Celebrant of the Funeral Mass and will conduct the funeral services. Lectors will be Karen Broussard and Carla Beatty and the Giftbearers will be Brenda Comeaux, Michelle Moss and Mary Beth Beatty.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 28 years, Cindy Uhall Comeaux; one son, Austin David Comeaux; his parents, James and Gloria Simon Comeaux of New Iberia; one brother, Michael Comeaux and his wife, Brenda, of New Iberia; and two sisters, Karen Broussard and her husband, Jean, of Abbeville and Carla Beatty and her husband, Jonas, of New Roads; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Easton and Pauline Simon, his uncle, Carl Simon, and his paternal grandparents, Ophis and Nedia Comeaux; and one aunt, Mildred Comeaux.

A native of New Iberia, Louisiana and resident of Lafayette most of his life, Dave was graduate of the University of Louisiana Lafayette in the Moody College of Business and was a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Higher Education Administration. He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.

Dave was employed by the University of Louisiana Lafayette in the Development Office and was involved in the Planned Giving Program.

He had a love for photography and was the owner of Dave Comeaux Photography. He loved his family, grilling and playing golf. He was always involved in his son's sports activities or any other UL sporting event.

Dave was a member and Historian of the Krewe of Bonaparte and was a member of the 2013 Royalty.

Pallbearers will be Mike Comeaux, Carl Comeaux, Tucker Viator, Chauncey Broussard, Logan Broussard, Ted Uhall, Mike Uhall, Jean Broussard, Jonas Beatty and Jon Cade Beatty.

The family requests that visitation be observed in Martin & Castille's SOUTHSIDE location on Tuesday from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM and from 9:00 AM Wednesday until time of service.

A Rosary will be prayed Tuesday at 6:30 PM in Martin & Castille Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made in David Comeaux's name to the University of Louisiana Lafayette.

A heartfelt appreciation is extended by the Comeaux family to Lamm Family Hospice Care, specifically Heather, Marissa, Brittany and Courtney, and to the Doctors and Nurses at M D Anderson Cancer Research Center.

View the obituary and guestbook online at www.mourning.com

Martin & Castille-SOUTHSIDE-600 E. Farrel Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508

Published in the The Advertiser on Feb. 17, 2019



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