Oren Joseph Lamartiniere

Oren Joseph Lamartiniere

Oren Joseph Lamartiniere 85, of Rayville, LA was welcomed into his heavenly home on April 22, 2014. Born April 8, 1929 - Oren expired after a lengthy illness in West Monroe, LA.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 2:00pm at The Church at Marksville, 4688 Hwy 1, Marksville, LA. Pastor Dennis Hackler will be officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clem and Beulah Lamartiniere, and brother Hewitt Lamartiniere, all of 5th Ward.

He is survived by his sister Mary Lorene Smith of Longview, Texas, his former wife of 42 years Vivian Lamartiniere Bryant (Jesse), Son/wife: Ken and Lucy Lamartiniere of Kilgore, TX and Daughter /husband Karen and Matt Ziecker of Rayville. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren - David Bryan Jr. (Alane) and great granddaughter Piper Bryan of West Monroe; Sarah "Betsy" Blazier (Adam) and great granddaughter Alyssa Blazier and great grandson Evan Blazier of West Monroe; Greg Ziecker of Rayville; LeeAnn Martin , Butch Martin, (Dawn ) and great granddaughters Taylor Desormeaux, and Madison Martin, Andrea Martin Jacks (Jason) and great granddaughter Harper Reese Jacks, all of Nederland, TX.

Oren was a native of Avoyelles Parish, living many years in Bunkie and Hessmer. He retired as Land manager for Haas Investment Company after previously serving as the store manager of Quality Appliance in Alexandria.

While in Bunkie, he was a member of the First Baptist Church and later attended the Hessmer Baptist Mission Church, and Church of Marksville. He loved the Lord and was quick to share his faith with all.

Patriotic and devoted to his country, he served as an Air Force Medic during the Korean Conflict. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion.

Oren also served on the Board of Commissioners of Bunkie General Hospital from 1968-1983.

Following in his father's steps he was elected and served as a Police Jury Member in Avoyelles Parish, District 14 for several years.

Mr. Lamartiniere was a lifetime member of the Bunkie Lions Club, being named Lion of the Year (1975) for his longtime faithful service and ability to secure new members.

He enjoyed sports of all kinds and started a Boys Club in Bunkie, mentoring young boys to exercise and train physically for sports, especially football.

Oren and his family would like to thank the staffs of Dr. Percy T. Causey, Start Clinic, Glenwood Medical Center, Wound Care Clinic, United Home Care, Compassus Hospice, and Ridgecrest Community Care for all of the excellent care they provided.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children's Hospital, or to the Church at Marksville.

Published in The Town Talk on Apr. 26, 2014