Maxime "Max" Gerard LaBranche, Jr., a long-time resident of Baton Rouge, died on January 31, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Plaquemine, Louisiana on December 23, 1941. Max attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he received undergraduate degrees in Geology and Zoology. In 1969, he graduated from LSU Law School where he was awarded the degree of Juris Doctor. He practiced law for over forty years during which time he formed the law firm of LaBranche and Lejeune. His greatest pleasure in the practice was helping the little man. Among many other organizations, Max served on the board of directors for the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade, was a member of the Pelican Yacht Club, the LSU Faculty Athletic Club, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He spoke fluent Spanish. Max was known for his friendly and gracious manner which endeared him to all. He was blessed with a heart-felt interest in other people, witty intellect, and a remarkable recall of information. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty years, Teresa Roman LaBranche, two sons, Max G. LaBranche, III, Benjamin R. LaBranche, sister, Yvonne Lagasse, brother in law Elton Lagasse, and brother Guy LaBranche. The family will hold a private remembrance service. Memorials may be made to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, 10600 S. Choctaw Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70821.
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Published in The Advocate from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7, 2014