John E. Demarie, 70, of Lake Charles, LA, died at 10:00 PM on Sunday, November 29, 2015, in his residence. Mr. Demarie was born August 28, 1945, in Oxnard, CA, and was a native and life resident of Lake Charles, LA. He was a 1963 graduate of LaGrange Senior High School, where he was a three-year football letterman as both an offensive and defensive lineman and made both All District and All State. He received a scholarship to Louisiana State University, where he played football as both offensive and defensive lineman and won the 1966 Cotton Bowl against Arkansas. Mr. Demarie was later drafted to the Cleveland Browns of the NFL, where he played for nine seasons. He finished his pro-football career as a member of the expansion Seattle Seahawks. After his retirement, he returned to Lake Charles, and was the owner/operator of Demarie-Dayton Tires and worked as a real estate agent. He went on to work as an iron worker and later superintendant for Turner Industries, where he worked for over twenty years. "Fish" as he was known was an avid hunter and fisherman, and had a passion for LSU football. He was a loving father and adored his grandchildren; he will be missed dearly. Mr. Demarie is survived by his sons, Paul Demarie and wife Tara and David Demarie and wife Ashley, all of Lake Charles; daughter, Becky Lee and husband Jody of Lake Charles; brothers, Mike Demarie and wife Sue of Longville, LA, and Greg "Flash" Demarie and wife Jeanie of Lake Charles; ex-wife and mother of his children, Barbara Salter Demarie of Lake Charles; uncle, Carl Fontenot; and grandchildren, Wyatt Demarie, Kade Demarie, Baylie Lee, Jake Lee, Madisyn Demarie, Kennedie Demarie, and Dylan Demarie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Annie June Fontenot and W. J. "Bull" Demarie. His funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, December 4, 2015, at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel in Lake Charles. Deacon Harold Nixon will officiate. Burial will follow in Grand Lake Community Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM with a Celebration of Life service at 6:00 PM. Visitation will continue on Friday from 8:00 AM until the start of the service. Words of comfort to the family may be left at www.johnsonfuneralhome.net.
Published by The Advocate from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4, 2015.