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Doyle Joseph Suarez Jr.

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A prince among men, Doyle Joseph Suarez, Jr., who dearly loved and cherished his family, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday morning, January 27, 2013 at the age of 89. A native and life long resident of Baton Rouge, La., he was born at his family home on the corner of Louisiana and America Street, August 9, 1923. Following his graduation from Catholic High School in 1940, he worked for the Louisiana Department of Labor. On the brisk afternoon of December 7, 1941, while enjoying a game of touch football with buddies at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, they received word of the attack on Pearl Harbor. At that moment, the world stood still. Without hesitation, he made his way to Harding Field in Baton Rouge where he enlisted in the United States Air Force. During WWII, he proudly served his country as a crewman on the B-17 Bomber, "Flying Fortress". Following the war, he returned to Baton Rouge and graduated from Louisiana State University. He then began his career with the Baton Rouge Water Company where he served as corporate secretary, executive vice-president, member of the board of directors, as well as president of Parish Water Company, until his retirement in 1988. Doyle was a member of Rotary, Baton Rouge Jaycees, National Association of Water Companies, and served as president of the Catholic High School Men's Club. He was a faithful parishioner of Trinity Episcopal Church where he served as an usher. "The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him." Proverbs 20:7 Known as Daddy Doyle, family meant the world to him. He was our rock. He was a devoted son, a wonderful loving husband, and the absolute best father, grandfather, and great-grandfather whose compassion, good nature, quick wit, and legendary contagious laugh will forever live in our hearts. Daddy Doyle touched so many lives in so many positive ways. He will be deeply missed, but his legacy will linger on in the wisdom, guidance, devotion, and unconditional love that he so generously shared with family and friends. He is survived by his deeply devoted and loving wife of 34 years, Nancy Harris Suarez; son, David Moore Suarez and wife Susan of Washington, D.C.; daughters, Jackie Suarez Millican of Jennings, LA; Becky Suarez Hendry and Kimberly Suarez Brousseau, both of Baton Rouge; as well as Nancy's three children, John Powers Wolff, III and wife Donna of Baton Rouge; David Billings Wolff and wife Katherine of Pocomoke City, Maryland; and, Theresa Wolff Swain and husband David of Chantilly, Virginia. Grandchildren include: The Reverend Ford Jefferson Millican, Jr. and wife Lisa of River Ridge LA; Kevin Doyle Millican and wife Kristy of Jennings, LA; Hannah Millican Plummer and husband Ryan of New Orleans; Courtney Hendry McCraney and husband Patrick of Jackson, MS; Casey Hendry Horne and husband Matthew of Gonzales, LA; Cary Blake Hendry of New Orleans; Jimmy Doyle Brousseau and Joe Buddy Brousseau, both of Baton Rouge: Powers Wolff, IV and Richard William Wolff, both of Baton Rouge; Diana Elizabeth Wolff of San Diego, California; Kiely Joan Wolff and David Billings Wolff, Jr., both of Pocomoke, Maryland. He is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren and very special great niece, Kelly and her husband, Dr. Paul F. Stahls of New Orleans. Doyle was preceded in death by his parents, Theresa Fourrier Suarez and Doyle Joseph Suarez; sisters, Elaine Suarez Morales and Betty Suarez Montgomery; and sons-in-law, Gary Gene Hendry and Ford Jefferson Millican. Visitation will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church on Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 9:30 am until religious services begin at 11 am. The Reverend R. Kevin Kelly will officiate along with co-officiate, grandson, The Reverend Ford Jefferson Millican. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons, Kevin Doyle Millican, Jimmy Doyle Brousseau, Joe Buddy Brousseau, Robert Patrick McCraney, John Powers Wolff, IV, and Richard W. Wolff. Honorary pallbearers include: Paul K. Andersen, Thomas R. Beard, Hewitt B. Gomez, and R. Michael Ginn. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Catholic High School or Trinity Episcopal Church. Daddy Doyle, this song best expresses the sentiments of your family…"Did I ever tell you you're my hero; you're everything I would like to be. I can fly higher than an eagle with you as the wind beneath my wings." We will love you forever and always. Arrangements are being handled by Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., Baton Rouge.
Published in The Advocate from Jan. 28 to Jan. 30, 2013
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