Prentiss Joe "Coach Partin" Partin
At the age of 61, Prentiss Joe Partin died Monday, March 7, 2011, at his home in Zachary due to lung melanoma. He was born June 6, 1949, in Centreville, Miss. He was a 1968 graduate of Zachary High School. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and completed his master's degree at Southern University. Joe began his professional career at Zachary High School in 1974, as a teacher and coach. He later became assistant principal, then principal. Before his retirement in 2007, he concluded his career as a director for East Baton Rouge Parish schools in the Central Office. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Jeanne Marie Fonte Partin; children, Jessica Partin Sonnier and her husband, Stuart Sonnier, of Baton Rouge, and Jason Partin and his wife, Amanda Weilbaecher Partin, their son, Miles Finney, and their son yet to be born, of Zachary; mother, Vivian Roberts Partin, of Crosby, Miss.; siblings, Dona Voss and her husband, Johnny, of Danbury, Texas, Donald Partin Jr. and his wife, Tammy, of Zachary, and Willie Partin, of Crosby; and brothers-in-law, Dr. Donald Fonte, of Zachary, and Spencer Fonte, of Baton Rouge. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Partin; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Gertrude and Anthony Fonte; and brother-in-law, Kenny Fonte. Visitation at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Zachary, on Thursday, March 10, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, March 11, from 9 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., with the Rev. M. Jeffery Bayhi, celebrant. Interment in Azalea Rest Cemetery, Zachary. Serving as pallbearers will be Bill Burke, Tom Burkhart, Gordon Dotson, Terry Knight, Adam Lea, and Wayne Messina. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Jerry Boudreaux, Joe Calloway, Earl Chancellor, Jimmy Fonte, John Fonte, Billy Honeycutt and John Phares. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a memorial scholarship fund in his name at the Bank of Zachary. Share sympathies, condolences and memories at www.CharletFuneralHome.
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Published by The Advocate from Mar. 9 to Mar. 10, 2011.
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Century ago the Roman philosopher Seneca wrote: In the presence of death, we must continue to sing the song of life. We must be able to accept death and go from its presence better able to bear the burdens and to lighten the load of others.

In offering my condolences to your family on the loss of your love one, I want you to be encouraged. God knows your burdens and cares, continue to take them to the Lord and leave them there. Thanks Coach Partin for being a great mentor and disciplinarian.
ZHS- class of '88
CarJonne Cooper
March 11, 2011
My heart breaks for the Partin family, P-Joe was taken from us way too soon. I feel lucky to have gotten to know him over the last few years. I will always remember how proud he was... of his Ole Miss Rebels, of course, but especially of his FAMILY. The way he would smile at Jason and Jessica... you could just see his pride. "Those are MY kids, and they are great, and I helped make them who they are." I loved that about him. And his dedication to his wife was also so evident... and beautiful. I wish I could be there today with y'all to celebrate his life, but there will be many more opportunities for us to celebrate Mr. Joe! We should never stop celebrating such a wonderful soul. Thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Partin family and all the others who feel this loss. Big hugs, see you soon.
Michelle Langlinais
March 11, 2011
I am deeply saddened by the lost of " Coach Partin" but truly blessed to had him as an assistant principle. He was such a wonderful person whom I loved like a father. Coach Partin I will truly miss you. You are gone home to be with God but you will never be forgotten.
Class of "88"
Wanda Jiles
March 10, 2011
Joe was a true educator, mentor and friend. I learned what it was to put the child's best interests first from him. He touched the lives of many people in a special way.
Mark Viator
March 10, 2011
So very sorry for your loss. May you feel God's loving arms around you during this difficult time.

Sharon (Henderson) Clement
ZHS Sr.1980
Sharon Clement
March 10, 2011
Matthew Chap. 7: 13&14

"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Thanks for keeping me on the "straight and narrow" Coach Partin... You believed in me when so many others didn't and that made all the difference in the world.
Joseph Bankston
March 10, 2011
Jeanne Marie and all the family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I can't really imagine a world without Joe in it...he loved you all so very much. We've all got some wonderful memories, but when its all said and done, its the love of family and friends and the legacy we leave that determines how we will be remembered. Joe certainly did a fantastic job in these areas, always giving 110% to everyone. He will be missed. He's up there watching, I am sure...and probably has something to say!!
Love to all.
Debbie Pace
March 10, 2011
Rest in peace Coach Partin
Douglas "Biscuit" Williams
March 10, 2011
Dear Partin Family,

I knew Joe during his time at ULL (USL at the time) while I was on the football team. He was indeed a good guy who touched many lives as a coach and teacher. May he rest in peace.

Jim Doyle
March 10, 2011
To Mrs. Partin and my former students, Jessica and Jason, and your families, my prayers are with you. He was an outstanding man and principal. Please think on those things that are pure, lovely, and good to help during this challenging period. D. Grisby
March 10, 2011
I am sorry for your loss. My best memories of Coach Partin was in his Driver's Ed class. He would do his very best to distract us while taking tests and driving. This taught me to not get easily distracted in life. His sense of humor and general likeability made him one of my favorite teachers. Later in life I found myself using many of his tactics when giving my daughters tips on driving.
Coach Partin will be missed, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Jeff Albritton
March 10, 2011
Jeanne Marie so sorry Joe was a great guy his locker was below mine in school I recall all the fun we had and how much he loved you I will pray for you and your family
Paula Pinell
March 10, 2011
So very sorry Jeanne Marie. Joe was our man at quarterback in 67 and 68. I really enjoyed playing football and just being around Joe. Scott McPherson
March 9, 2011
Hello Jeanne, those writing before me call him "coach"; never knew the coach but I did know our "quarterback." I remember all the good times, and some bad, the four of us had together. Larry
March 9, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed Coach Partin when I was a student at ZHS, and I also enjoyed working for him when I taught there. He was a good man and will be greatly missed.
Quin Clark Navarra
March 9, 2011
Please know that your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Redina Nettles
March 9, 2011
To the Partin family...

I am so sorry to have had to learn of your loss, "Coach Partin". OMG, I'm in disbelief that such a wonderful person's flower has been picked by the almighty god our heavenly father so soon. It's been years since I've seen Coach Partin but I can remember him just like yesterday. I attended Zachary High School where he was principal and was a wonderful principal and man. Coach Partin was like a father to me when I was in school. He always talked to me when I would get into trouble and always seem to understand me. I will miss him deeply but will always remember him greatly.

To Coach Partin..."Go ahead now and sleep for GOD is with you ALWAYS!"


March 9, 2011
My prayers are with the Partin family. Coach was a wonderful man who cared for his students. He will be greatly missed. May God's grace and love comfort you during this time.
Kim Wells Johnston
March 9, 2011
Dear Partin Family and Friends, I am so very sorry for your loss. Coach Partin was a great guy and touched many lives. He was an asset to the school system and will be greatly missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him. May God Bless and comfort you and give you peace during this sad time.
Laurie Bilodeau Mercier (ZHS Class of 1983)
Laurie Mercier
March 9, 2011
May my friend rest in peace.. A better man there is not. I shall always remember the good times we had. This was a good time " Joe had a Coupon, he and I drove to Gonzales to eat. We saved $ .82 and Joe was so proud.. On the way back he looked at me and said " Do you realize we just spent $ 11.00 on gas... We both laughed. Jeanne may God Bless you and your family. I shall always be there for you and the kids.. Wayne Messina
wayne Messina
March 9, 2011
Mr. P. Joe you were good man and teacher to me. Thanks for trying to keep me outta trouble.

Your Friend,
Angelo J. "Jimmy" Tarver Sr.
P.S. I still hate to shave!
Angelo Tarver
March 9, 2011
Jeanne Marie, I was so sorry to hear about Coach Partin. He touched and guided so many of our lives in so many ways. (and taught most of us how to drive even if he'd rather not admit it) He will always be remembered for the caring man he was. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathi (Spangler) Brumley
March 9, 2011
We are so very sorry for you loss. We will miss him. We have wonderful memories to treasure forever.
Don and Mary Haggard
March 9, 2011
I met Joe when I worked in Baton Rouge on the desegregation case from 2000-2004. Joe was such a nice person . I had alot of fun with Joe discussing school and life in general. I enjoyed so much being around Joe and always looked forward to talking with him. I will never forget the great discussions and times we had together with Melissa Garrett, Bill Robins, and Doc Young. Joe was such a gentleman. May he rest in peace. My heart goes out to his family--I am sure you all are so proud of Joe. I am.
Dave Bartz
March 9, 2011
Jeanne...I'm praying for you and your family. .Joe can definitely say today that "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7
God will give you that strength and comfort you need!
Charlotte Buford
Charlotte Buford
March 9, 2011
I am very sorry for your loss. Coach Partin was a great guy, always kind and caring. He will be missed.
Chantel Bergeron Ingraffia
March 9, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the Partin family. May your sorrows be replaced with memories of a wonderful man and how he touched so many lives.
Jennifer (Allsup) Shishko
March 9, 2011
Rest in peace Coach Partin....we will never forget you!
Denese Blue
March 9, 2011
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