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Billedeaux, Francis Duane, passed away peacefully in his Fullerton home on the evening of Tuesday, May 6th, surrounded by loved ones. A local business man who prided himself on the value of innovative thought and hard-work, at 83 years old he was still presiding daily over the offices of Francis Billedeaux C.P.A. and Associates in La Habra, California until his terminal cancer diagnosis one week prior.

Born on the Blackfeet reservation in Browning, Montana, Francis was a proud Native American. He enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1948 and fought in Korea, achieving the rank of Technical Sargent. He was an overachiever in all things and frequently recounted being the fastest typist in Korea. He was an avid sportsman, both on and off the field, and was all-state in both basketball and football. He put himself through college playing piano in a jazz combo and had a lifelong love of music and theater. In fact when playing football in high school he would change into his marching band uniform to play baritone during the halftime show.

Widely known for his endless storytelling, Francis had finesse with people and an endless zest of life. He lived life to its fullest and loved to wander the world, traveling extensively to over 37 countries, and was also a private pilot. He was fascinated by history as well as people of varying cultures and backgrounds.

He is survived by his cherished wife of 37 years, Judy; sons, Duane and Bruce (Sharon) Billedeaux; grandchildren, Allison, Alex and Sheila; and great-grandchild, Stephanie. He is also survived by loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and a host of long-time friends.

A Celebration of Life was held on Friday, May 9th at 2pm at Messiah Lutheran Church in Yorba Linda. In lieu of flowers, the family gently suggests donations in his name to the . In this way his name will have the widest arms, reaching out to help all those in need.


Published in Orange County Register on May 11, 2014
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