Obituary: Lucien Gastineau - Long-time Staff Member - Sept. 20, 2019
August 16, 1953 ~ September 20, 2019
Lafayette - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in the Sunrise Chapel at Walters Funeral Home for Lucien "Louie" "Dutch" Gastineau, 66, who passed away at home on Friday, September 20, 2019. Father Gary Schexnayder will be the Celebrant of the funeral Mass. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, New Orleans, LA.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Perret Gastineau; two daughters, Cherie (Jimmy) Beshears of Lafayette, and Monique (Richard) McClendon of Sugarland, TX; four grandchildren, Jackson McClendon, Owen Beshears, Morgan McClendon, and Amelie Beshears; his mother-in-law, Edna Pedeaux Perret of Metairie, LA; four aunts, Harriet Shea, Joyce Indest, Verna Patout, and Lucille Babineaux, all of New Iberia, LA; three brothers-in-law, Roger Jr. (Maryann), Kenneth, and Ricky (Beth) Perret; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Barron and Martrine Gastineau; his godfather, Jerry Shea, Sr; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Lucien was a native of Shreveport, LA. He was a resident of Algiers, Houma, Thibodaux, and a longtime resident of Lafayette. After moving to Lafayette, he worked for over 30 years at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as a student officer, Director of Parking and Transit, and was the first Director of the Cajun Card Office before retiring in January 2014. He also worked part time at the Wetlands Golf Course since his retirement.
His hobbies included flying, carpentry work, creating journal books for family members, and talking about creating an aquaponic garden one day. He was a loving, compassionate, and fair man who was loved and admired by many.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Jackson McClendon and Owen Beshears, sons-in-law Richard McClendon and Jimmy Beshears, nephew Connor Perret; cousins Jimmy Shea, and Edward, Richard, and James Gastineau. Honorary pallbearers include Jerry Shea Jr, Erroll Babineaux, Raymond "Coach" Blanco, David Walker, Anthony Daniel, Jimmy Clark, and Stuart Johnson.
The family would like to thank the many family members and friends who supported them and their needs during his illness over the last 2 months. They would also like to thank the doctors and nurses who took excellent care of him during the last months of his life.
Visitation hours will be observed Monday, September 23, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and resume Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. until time of service at 10:30 a.m. A rosary will be prayed on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by eulogies.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Lucien's name to Heart of Hospice, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, or any other charity of your choice.
View the obituary and sign the guestbook online at www.waltersfh.com.
Walters Funeral Home, (337) 706-8941, 2424 North University Avenue in Lafayette, is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Published in the The Advertiser on Sept. 23, 2019
Athletic Network footnote by Dr. Ed Dugas.
Click on Don Blair's Facebook Page for a photo of when Lucien was a member of the university policy department.