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James Donald Gautreau

Donald left this Earth in God's hands on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at the age of 82. He was born in Gonzales on August 9, 1930 to Sully and Lucille Gautreau. He was a 1948 graduate of Gonzales High School. He worked in the electrical/construction field in the Baton Rouge area until he enlisted in the 35th Air Division of the U.S. Air Force in 1951 during the Korean War, earning the medals of World War II Army of Occupation Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and United Nations Korean Service Military Medal. After his service he was employed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers from 1955 to 1967. In 1967 he went to work for the Gillis W. Long Hansen's Disease Center and finally retiring as facility manager in 1995 after completing 32 years of service to the federal government. On June 22, 1958 he married the love of his life, Loris Landry Gautreau in Ponchatoula, LA. He is also survived by two children, Michelle Gautreau Danna and her husband Dominick E. Danna, Jr. and David Gautreau and wife, Lisa Crawford Gautreau. He is also survived by his brother, Rickie Gautreau and his wife, Theresa; and grandchildren, Dominick E. Danna III of Lottie and Austin and Grant Gautreau of Baton Rouge. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mona Braud; granddaughter, Daphne Danna; granddaughter, Josie Gautreau; and grandson, David Gautreau, Jr. He was a member of the St Theresa Choir and local funeral choirs for over 50 years. He also practiced the French language at a local class. He loved the sports of baseball and was an avid golfer and member of the Gonzales Country Club. He was a member of U.S. Air Force baseball team and played for the semi-pro Gonzales baseball team, Gonzales Red Sox. He was a member of the American Legion for 50 years and I.B.E.W for 60 years. Visiting will be at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Gonzales on Saturday, November 3 from 8 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am, Rev. Alec Sheldon and Rev. Than Vu, officiating. Burial to follow in Hope Haven Cemetery, Gonzales. Please visit our memorial at www.oursofh.com to offer your condolences.

Published in TheAdvocate.com from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, 2012
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