James W. "Jack" Denny, Jr.
LAFAYETTE - JAMES W. "JACK" DENNY, JR. (89) passed away quietly at home in the morning hours of November 2, 2013. Born on December 24, 1923, in Dallas, Texas the son of James W. Denny and Frankie Hipp (Denny), with two sisters, Irma and Thelma.
After graduating from Corsicana High School, Jack immediately enlisted in the Texas National Guard which was mobilized into the regular U.S. Army
in 1941. He served throughout WW II as a member of Battery A, 133 Field Artillery, 36th Infantry Division. He saw combat action in South Africa and participated in the liberation of Italy, France and Germany.
After being honorably discharged from the Army, Jack worked as a surveyor for GSI Seismic in South Louisiana where he met and married the love of his life, Laura Belle Reed in 1946. Together they raised four sons.
They lived in Beaumont, where Jack was employed by Stone & Webster Engineering until he was subsequently transferred to Jennings, and then Lafayette. In 1952 he went to work for the Sun Oil Company, first in the drafting department, then later serving as a Landman in the Right-of-Way and Permitting division. After 34 years of service, he retired from Sun Oil in 1986. After his retirement, he continued his career for many years as an Independent Landman. He was a member of the Louisiana Right-of-Way Association, Lafayette Association of Professional Landmen and American Association of Petroleum Landmen.
Jack was a proud parishioner and dedicated volunteer at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. He was honored to be one of the original Eucharist Ministers and additionally served as a Church docent for many years. A former member of the Parish Council, he and Laura were both awarded medals as the Parish Honorees in 1996. He also happily lent his talents as the Church photographer for many years. Jack was a member of the Serra Club, De LaSalle Auxiliary and a former member of the Knights of Columbus.
Jack loved cameras and the art of photography and he and Laura spent much of their free time traveling the world where he took many extraordinary photographs. He was a founding member and past President of the Lafayette Photographic Society.
Jack is survived by his wife of 67 years, Laura Belle Reed Denny, and four sons; James W. Denny, III and wife Robin, Robert J. "Bob" Denny and wife Phyllis, Stephen K. "Steve" Denny and wife Donna, and George P. Denny and wife Linda, as well as his sister Irma Denny Moser, and his grandchildren; Chad Denny, Ryan Denny, Sara Denny Boudreaux, Lauren Denny, Katherine "Kaci" Denny, six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Jack was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Thelma Denny Finn.
Visitation will be held at Martin and Castille Funeral Home (Downtown) - 330 St. Landry St. from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m on Monday November 4, 2013 with a Rosary being prayed for his repose by the Catholic Daughters of America Court Immaculata and the St. John Ladies Altar Society at 4:00 pm and at 6:00 p.m. Monday by Brady LeBlanc. Visitation resumes Tuesday from 8:00 a.m until time of the services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist at 10:00 a.m. Lectors will be Donna Denny and Maxine Nicolosi. Offertory gifts will be presented by Jack's granddaughters.
Entombment will be at Fountain Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Pallbearers will be Jack's sons and grandsons. Honorary pallbearers are Ed Landry, Robert "Bob" Guchereau, Carr Lane Wilkerson, Ola Mae Bernard, and members of the Lafayette Photographic Society.
The family sends heartfelt gratitude to Michael Alexander, M.D. for his many years of excellent care. They also extend thanks to St. Joseph Hospice, the staff at Fresenius Medical Care West, and Home Instead Senior Care.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jack's name to the Cathedral Maintenance Trust, 515 Cathedral Street, Lafayette, Louisiana 70501.
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