John Xavier Durusau died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, December 2, 2012. He was the light of his family's life. John was born with Down Syndrome at a time when few people expected him to live and thrive. Thanks to his wonderful parents, Sherman and Clarence Durusau, he grew up in a loving home and attended school just like his brothers and sister. His family was among the founding members of The Arc of Caddo Bossier, which opened the door to many of the opportunities that allowed John to succeed and live a rich and full life. John attended Line Avenue School and was first employed at Frost Industries in Shreveport. He was a member of the Wheeler Dealers and attended Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He moved to Baton Rouge in 1990 and became a proud member of the Volunteers of America Drusilla group home. An avid sports fan, he competed for more than 20 years in the Special Olympics and won numerous gold medals for his bowling skills. Throughout his life he loved to watch the Dallas Cowboys, LSU football, and the Lady Tigers and Lady Techsters basketball teams. His favorite television show was Cox 4 Game of the Week, followed closely by Lawrence Welk. He loved to travel, especially to Shreveport and, never one to be stuck in the moment, he was always looking ahead to the next adventure. For 22 years he worked at the ARC Baton Rouge's Metro Enterprises where he was a sorter. His job was to sort almost anything that needed to be sorted. And he did a great job. John also liked to write and he filled many notebooks with information about his family, TV shows, movies and many other things. He also collected business cards. John had so many friends and he was loved by many, many people. He never met a stranger. He loved going to church at St. Joseph's Cathedral and Grace Baptist Church, and even in the heat of summer, it was his preference to dress up and put on his coat and tie for church. He also liked to sing all the hymns, even though sometimes his family had to tell him "not so loud." He is survived by brother, Joseph Durusau of San Antonio, Texas, brother and sister-in-law, Patrick and Carol Durusau of Covington, Georgia; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Barry Erwin of Baton Rouge; and niece, Elizabeth Durusau of Athens, Georgia. He was a bright light in many lives. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at St. Joseph's Cathedral followed by a Mass celebrating John's life. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Arc Baton Rouge, 8326 Kelwood Avenue, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806. Rabenhorst Funeral Home, Government Street, in charge of services.
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Published in The Advocate from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5, 2012