Michael "Mike" LaGarde Sr.

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Michael "Mike" LaGarde Sr., 65, a native of New Orleans and longtime resident of Thibodaux, died Friday, July 11, 2014.
Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday at Thibodaux Funeral Home in Thibodaux and from 9 a.m. until funeral time Saturday at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Thibodaux. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, with burial in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Moira Horan LaGarde; son, Michael LaGarde Jr.; brother, Constant "Buster" LaGarde and wife, Maolani; sister, Josephine "Josie" LaGarde Sweeney and husband, Tom; and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father, Constant LaGarde; mother, Marguerite Livings LaGarde; and brother, Doug LaGarde.
Mike grew up in the tropical sugar industry. He was born March 31, 1949, in New Orleans, and lived on sugar plantations in Louisiana, Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Florida. He graduated from Belle Glade High School on the edge of the Florida Everglades.
After serving his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War with stateside duty, Mike moved to Thibodaux in 1972 to farm for his uncle, Ruben LaGarde, on Home Cottage Plantation. He soon developed a passion for volunteer fire fighting, eventually joining Protector Fire Company No. 2 and the St. John Fire Department. Over the next few decades, Mike fought numerous fires and participated in many rescues. He was part of the recovery effort in 1982 after the tragic Pan Am Flight 459 plane crash in Kenner, and served as the City of Thibodaux's Director of Civil Defense during Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
In 2000, Mike's lifelong love of first-responding and fire trucks resulted in a full time job in the fire equipment industry, working first a salesman and later as an emergency vehicle technician for Sunbelt Fire, Inc.
Mike also enjoyed fishing, cooking, spending time with his family and friends, passing a good time, and having an occasional Rocky Mountain Spring Water or two.
Mike will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Special thanks goes to Dr. James Ellis and staff and Dr. Perez and staff, and Thibodaux Regional Medical Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to the Thibodaux or St. John Volunteer Fire Departments.
Thibodaux Funeral Home in Thibodaux is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from July 15 to July 18, 2014
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