Vernon L. Langlinais
1926 - 2021
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Vernon L. Langlinais

Fort Worth - Vernon was born November 2, 1926 in Lafayette, LA and died April 26, 2021 in Fort Worth, TX, at the age of 94. Vernon attended Cathedral High School in Lafayette, LA, where he graduated as Valedictorian, and received the prestigious American Legion award. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and was commissioned Ensign, USNR in 1946. While serving in the Navy, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from University of Pennsylvania, and after completing his military service, earned a second Bachelor degree, a B.S. in Chemistry, while teaching Math as part of the Math Faculty at University of Louisiana at Lafayette (then Southwest Louisiana Industrial Institute). He was a member of the honor fraternity, Phi Kappa Theta.



Vernon was employed as a Computer Plotter in 1948 with American Exploration, and then was hired as a Chemical Engineer by Morton Chemical Company in Weeks Island, LA. He married Ruby Landry, also from Lafayette, in 1949, and started a family in 1952. His career at Morton involved relocating his family from Weeks Island, LA to Manistee, MI, a return to Weeks Island/New Iberia, LA, and then a transfer to Crystal Lake, IL, where he retired after over 42 years of service. During his career with Morton, he was awarded two United States Patents for chemical processing and distribution.



Outside of work, his interests included musical theatre, choral singing and directing, fishing, vegetable gardening, woodworking, tutoring and reading at church. During his tenure as choir director of the St. Nicholas Catholic Church Choir, in Weeks Island, LA, he recorded and released two albums of a-cappella choral music, which contained many pieces that he personally arranged for four-part harmony. In addition to music and choral direction, gardening was an important source of personal nourishment for him throughout his entire life. During his retirement, he became a Certified Master Gardener volunteer, training and assisting others in the science and art of gardening.



Vernon was devoted to his faith and his family, and was a loving and generous father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his family. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Theresa Landry; his parents, Anna and Claude Joseph Langlinais, Sr; and his brother and his wife, Elaine and Claude Joseph (CJ) Langlinais, Jr. He is survived by four children: Norbert (Knobbie) Langlinais (wife Pat) of Lafayette, LA; Brian Langlinais of Spring, TX; Toni Langlinais (husband David McDaniel) of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA; and Claudia (Sue) Langlinais Holdridge (husband James) of Fort Worth, TX; and four grandchildren: Aimee Langlinais Prudhomme and Jennifer Langlinais Rueda-Liy, both of Houston, TX, and Barton and Allison Holdridge of Dallas, TX and College Station, TX, respectively.



The family extends its gratitude to the caretakers who supported their father over the years and in his final days: Bethesda Gardens in Fort Worth, TX, his primary caretakers; Legacy Healthcare, specifically Lori, Missy and Emily; St. Gabriel's Hospice, and Nurse Next Door.



The family will hold a private ceremony to honor his passing at this time. Later this summer, Vernon and Ruby will be interred together at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, LA, where they were married in 1949, followed by a celebration of their life with extended family, local relatives and friends.






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May 6, 2021
Dear Dad,
When I asked you 18 months ago what you wanted to be remembered for, you responded without hesitation, “He taught me who I am.” I know now, that statement was like a math theorem, a statement that could be demonstrated to be true, and which embodied general principles that made it part of a larger theory of life.

As a child, you taught me, I am always safe and secure, loved and worthy. As an adult, you held up a mirror to me, and taught me how to find the trailhead towards True North - to discover the deeper truth of who I am.

For this, and for so much more, I am forever grateful.

Love always, your daughter,
Toni Catherine
Toni C Langlinais
Daughter
May 4, 2021
I met Vernon over 30 years ago in New Orleans while giving him a ride to an event. I got lost and we joked about it for years. In the early 2000s, I helped with an issue about some property he owned. Before we ever discussed the issue, he gave me the property history in great detail. Later, he did the transaction, but only because the transaction benefited another person, not himself. Years later a person close to me began an over decade long endeavor to know him, and yes, it took a while, but she did. Vernon, thanks for letting me be along for the bumpy ride.

In any event, Vernon's biggest accomplishment was the fact that he took a modest, rather frugal life story and turned into an oscar winning movie for the family he loved. Amen, Vernon.
david m
Friend
May 4, 2021
I met Vernon over 30 years ago in New Orleans while giving him a ride to an event. I got lost and we joked about it for years. In the early 2000s, I helped with an issue about some property he owned. Before we ever discussed the issue, he gave me the property history in great detail. Later, he did the transaction, but only because the transaction benefited another person, not himself. Years later a person close to me began an over decade long endeavor to know him, and yes, it took a while, but she did. Vernon, thanks for letting me be along for the bumpy ride.

In any event, Vernon's biggest accomplishment was the fact that he took a modest, rather frugal life story and turned into an oscar winning movie for the family he loved. Amen, Vernon.
david m
Friend
May 1, 2021
My prayers for Toni and David and the Langlinais family . Your father´s gift of a life well lived is a treasure to keep forever .
Susan McDaniel
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