Patrick Lynn LeBlanc Sr.

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    - Stanley Reaney
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An architect, general and residential contractor, entrepreneur, community leader and devoted family man, Patrick L. LeBlanc Sr., born March 21, 1954, died in a plane crash in north Vermilion Parish the evening of March 10, 2008. A native of Lafayette, Patrick lived on Verot School Road in Youngsville. He is survived by his wife of nine years, Jennifer Scialdone; two children, Lieé and Patrick Jr.; two stepsons, Michael Charles and John Piccione; mother, Jacqueline Francez LeBlanc; two brothers, Maurice and wife Brenda LeBlanc, of Lafayette, and Michael and wife Julie LeBlanc, of Baton Rouge; aunt, Beverly and husband Norris Guidry; and uncle, Emile and wife Jane LeBlanc. He was preceded in death by his father, L. Jaco LeBlanc; maternal grandparents, Maurice and Nadine Francez; and his paternal grandparents, George and Bernice LeBlanc. Pallbearers will be John Scialdone, Richard Henke, Christopher Edwards, Nolan Edwards, Ron Gomez and Maurice "Marc" LeBlanc Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Maurice LeBlanc Sr., Michael LeBlanc Sr., Charles Piccione, John Piccione, Kym LeBlanc, Jamie Seaux, Carrie Czajkowski, Jodie Champagne, Kristen Foreman, Twasky Ventroy, Johnny Walker and 10 great-nieces and great-nephews. Lectors for the Mass will be Judy Keller and Carol Ross. Giftbearers will be Carrie LeBlanc Czajkowski, Kristen LeBlanc Foreman and Michael LeBlanc Jr. A natural optimist with an inborn zest for life, Patrick relished starting and nurturing new businesses and enterprises. A 1972 graduate of Acadiana High School, he received a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Southwest Louisiana in 1977 and a criminal justice associate's degree from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 1999. He was a registered architect in Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana and a general contractor in Alabama, Texas and Louisiana. Among his many professional awards, he cherished the Acadian Home Builder Association's Builder of the Year award in 2002. He also served as president of the AHBA in 2006. The LeBlanc Group also received Silver Rivet Design Excellence Awards in 2003 and 2005. The LeBlanc Group is an architectural firm owned by the LeBlanc family since 1957. Patrick, who served as the group's president had personally designed more than 25 prisons and correctional centers at sites in four states: Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama. He was also president of the LeBlanc Construction Co. Inc., a general contracting firm that he established in 1984 to build commercial and residential projects. He was also president of LCS Corrections Services Inc., a privately-held prison management company founded in 1990 by the LeBlanc family. He was also involved in several other business ventures. Patrick's dedication of service to his community was enthusiastic and prodigious. He served as president of the Lafayette Jaycees in 1979, board member of the Lafayette Boys and Girls Club, SLYSI Little League baseball and soccer coach from 1985-1987, chairman of the Lafayette Public Safety Committee in 1993, chairman of the Charity Golf Tournament for the Acadian Council on Addictions in 1994, chairman of the Cajundome Commission from 1994-1996, president of the AHBA from 2002-2006 and executive committee member of the Louisiana Home Builder's Association in 2006. He was a longtime member of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Louisiana Residential License Board since 2006. Patrick and his wife, Jennifer, had been active in national, state and local politics for many years. He was elected in early 2008 to the Louisiana Republican Central Committee and the Lafayette Parish Republican Executive Committee. He will be remembered as not only a hard-working, dedicated community leader but also as a fun-loving companion to his family and friends. Always ready with a hearty laugh, he loved to tell of the adventures of his seven pet goats, who were constantly challenging the fences and gates of his property. He loved his five dogs as well and had a tender heart for all animals, and a true love for the outdoors. His loving wife of nine years, Jennifer, will always be grateful for the love and devotion Patrick showed to her children; treating them as his own. She will cherish for a lifetime the years she spent with such a wonderful man. Visitation at Martin and Castille Funeral Home, Lafayette, on Thursday, March 13, was held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a rosary at 7 p.m. Continued visitation at Martin and Castille Funeral Home, Friday, March 14, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Lafayette, at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Joseph Dilettuso, a close family friend from Biloxi, Miss., will officiate the Mass and conduct the funeral service. Interment in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Patrick L. LeBlanc Memorial Fund, ULL Foundation, Box 44290, 705 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette, LA, 70504, or, contact Julie Falgout, executive director, ULL Foundation at (337) 482-0700. View the obituary and guestbook online at http://www.mourning.com.
Published in TheAdvocate.com on Mar. 14, 2008