Luke Everett Fontenot

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Luke Everett Fontenot was escorted to his heavenly home by Jesus on the 20th day of June, 2014, as he was surrounded by family and friends at his home in Zachary, Louisiana. Everett is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, Dolores, 4 children: Becky Kephart, William Keith Fontenot and wife Casey, Jennine Newsom and husband Jay, Luke E. A. Fontenot and wife, Deanna; 11 Grandchildren: Blake Kephart, Kandice Fontenot, Chad Fontenot and wife Emma, Kyle Kephart and wife Kayla, Cody Newsom and wife Katy, Lane Fontenot, Kelsey Fontenot, Jonathan Newsom, and Amy Newsom, Cort Decoteau and Cassie Decoteau; 10 Great-Grandchildren: Mackenzie, Anna, Colin, Riley, Dakota, Mari Grace, Colt, Benjamin, Katelyn, Madison, and 4 sisters: Bonnie Kane, Terry Sylvester, Glenna Ledoux, and Aline Chaney; Sister-in Laws: Elvina Fontenot and Jeanette Matzinger. He is preceded in death by his parents, Marcellus and Mabel Fontenot, and his 3 brothers: Jenior Fontenot, Robert Fontenot, Burton Fontenot. Everett was born in Grand Prairie (Goyo), La. on February 11, 1931, and attended school through graduation at Grand Prairie High School in 1948, studying by kerosene lamp. From 1950 to 1954 Everett served our country as a member of the underwater demolition team in the U.S. Korean War. After the war he went to work for American Cyanamid (1954-57) and was encouraged to attend college. Everett attended University of Southwestern Louisiana-USL (ULL) in Lafayette, Louisiana from 1957-1961, where he earned his degree in chemical engineering. He began his career in the water treatment business in which he became a pioneer in the use of chemicals (especially polymers) for the treatment of water for public and commercial use in the United States. He is well known as an expert in this industry. In 1976, he and 3 partners started Pearl River Chemical Corporation which grew from a start-up company to a highly successful business. He then sold the company to Atlantic Richfield, expecting to retire. After selling, Atlantic Richfield asked him to stay with them and he did for many years. In 1996, he found a quiet place in Centreville, Mississippi, far from anyone, and opened a new water treatment business, Polymer Research Corporation. Once again, he built a company from the ground up, becoming extremely successful. In 2011 he finally entered retirement from the water treatment business to enjoy his lifelong passion of raising cattle. This includes Brahman, Gelbvieh, and F-1 cattle. Throughout his life he was very active in 4-H and FFA, including participating himself and supporting others with their livestock projects. He touched the lives of many livestock project members by providing show cattle and resources so they could show prize winning purebred Brahman, Gelbvieh, commercial heifers, and steers. Above all, he had a strong faith in family and God. Throughout his entire life his values were evident in his humble generosity to family, friends, the church, and community at large. He was a quiet man who blessed all with his smile, open heart, and listening ear. He will surely be missed by all. Visitation services will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4727 McHugh Drive, Zachary, Louisiana on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 10:00 am with recitation of the Rosary at 9:45 am, and the funeral mass from 11:30 -12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church: Continuing the Legacy of Faith, 4727 McHugh Drive, Zachary, La. 70791 or St. Jude Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN. Special Appreciation to: Caregivers: Geraldine Curtis and Wanda Gray; Eucharistic Minister: Mrs. Paula Hollingsworth, East Feliciana Home Health Services, Baton Rouge Hospice, Dr. Gerald Militello, Dr. Andrew Guidroz, Dr. Joseph Dupont, Dr. William Russell, Dr. Richard Cooley and the staff at Hematology Oncology Clinic, BR Radiology Imaging Center and to Reverend Jeffrey Bayhi, Mr. Ric Smith, the staff at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, and our Roman Pilgrim Family.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from June 23 to June 24, 2014
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