David Patrick "Pat" Beach died having coffee and trading one-liners with our Lord on October 29th, 2013. In truth, he passed away quietly and peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family. Those who knew him know that, although he was physically weak in the end, he lived a life with strength of character and integrity and helped many through dark and desperate times without want of fanfare or reciprocation. His happiest days were as a farmer in his birthplace, Franklin Parish; however, his most successful business endeavor was co-founding Gulf Coast Occupational Medicine with his daughter, Sarah Taylor, in whose capable hands the business will prosper. He accepted Jesus Christ as his savior when he was eight years old and experienced an earthly life full of God's grace and mercy until called home. When his love and generosity exceeded the limits of his first heart, he was blessed by the gift of a new heart nearly a decade ago. His transplanted heart allowed him to share more fully in the lives of his wife of 36 years, Hortense "Tonsie" Moreau Beach, his children: William Jackson Cook III (partner Rob Morrison), Rachel Elizabeth Cook (husband Michael Millman), Sarah Beach Taylor, and David Moreau Beach (wife Emily), and his grandchildren: Jamie Hall Smith, Whitney Breigh Hall, Mary Ellis Beach, Howard Patrick Beach, Anna Britt Beach, and Kayla Morton Murray. He is survived by his brother, Don Beach (wife Fran) of Monroe, LA, his beloved Moreau family brothers and sisters-in-law, and many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Howard and Letha Beach. He was a proud graduate of LSU and alumni of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home (825 Government Street) on Friday, November 1, 2013 after 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Visitation on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at St. Aloysius Church, 2025 Stuart Ave. with a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00 AM officiated by Father Donald Blanchard. Interment will be private under the directions of Rabenhorst Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Vincent's DePaul.
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Published in The Advocate from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2013