Jules "Carrol" Mouton
LAFAYETTE - Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 26, 2013, at a 1:30 PM Mass of Christian Burial in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, for Jules "Carrol" Mouton, 82, who passed away on Friday, August 23, 2013 at Kindred Hospital in Lafayette, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery. Reverend Kevin Bordelon, Associate Pastor of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, will be the Celebrant of the Funeral Mass and will conduct the funeral services.
Carrol was born December 14, 1930 in Milton, Louisiana to Dalton and Lucy (nee Guidroz) Mouton. He married Alva Jane Trahan on December 26, 1954. As newlyweds, they were stationed with the U.S. Army in Heidelberg, Germany for two years (1954-1956), where they discovered a shared lifelong passion for travel. They made many trips back to Europe over the years, on tours and also traveling independently by car and train. They traveled all over the United States, Mexico, and Canada, often pulling their Airstream trailer. Airstream rallies were a fixture in their travel schedule - a hobby he only retired from this spring. Carrol and Alva Jane's wider travels included Russia, North Africa, and Asia, as well as several cruises.
Carrol was a life-long educator - he loved the field of education, and never regretted his choice to dedicate his life to that field. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from SLI (ULL), and a Masters of Education at LSU, and completed post graduate work at Auburn University in Alabama, the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, and St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont, as well as at SLI (ULL) and LSU. He spent 55 years working in education: 13 years as a teacher in Calcasieu and Lafayette Parishes, 27 years as a principal in Lafayette Parish, 2 years as a principal at St. Bernard School in Breaux Bridge, and 13 years as a supervisor of student teachers with the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. He was invited by the Louisiana Department of Education to visit schools in France and Belgium to make presentations about Louisiana schools, and to learn about their education system and share this knowledge back home. He also served with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to evaluate schools throughout Louisiana for accreditation.
Carrol and Alva Jane shared a love for family and celebration - they raised two daughters, Anne and Stephanie, and welcomed six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, with another great-grandchild expected in the fall of this year. They traveled all over the United States and Europe to spend time with loved ones, and hosted regular gatherings for family and friends at their home. Carrol always cherished time spent with family - he loved barbeques, dinner parties, and any excuse for a celebration.
Carrol's life epitomized this quote by Hunter S. Thompson: "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!" He lived his life to the fullest and always felt like a lucky man - he would agree that he had a great ride.
Carrol is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years, Alva Jane; two daughters, Anne Gilliam and husband Devin of Old Fort, NC and Stephanie Higginbotham and husband Don of Lafayette; and grandchildren, Jennifer (Montgomery) Fiechtner and husband Maj. Robb Fiechtner, USAF, currently stationed in Montgomery, AL, Elizabeth (Montgomery) Conkwright and husband John of Dallas, TX, Brennan Higginbotham, of Lafayette, LCpl James Montgomery, USMC and wife Sara of Fort Collins, CO, Erin Higginbotham, of Lafayette and Megan Higginbotham of Lafayette. He will be remembered by seven great-grandchildren, Daniel, Romeal, Lina, Hailey, Alyssa, Katelyn and James Scott (due to grandson James and his wife Sara in October). He is also survived by his three brothers, Russell of Davenport, FL, Kenneth and his wife Jeanne of Lafayette and Jack and his wife Helen, also of Lafayette. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dalton Mouton and Lucy Guidroz Mouton.
The family requests that visitation be observed in Martin & Castille's DOWNTOWN Lafayette location on Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on Monday from 10:00 AM until time of service. A Rosary will be prayed on Sunday at 6:00 PM in Martin & Castille Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Mouton's name to St. John's Cathedral Capital Campaign Fund, 515 Cathedral St., Lafayette, LA 70501.
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