Louis Joseph Michot Jr.
A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, March 9, 2012, 3:00 p.m., at Sacred Heart Church in Broussard, Louisiana, for Louis Joseph Michot, Jr., who passed away peacefully in Lafayette on March 6, surrounded by family. Louis was born on November 5, 1922, in Lafayette. His parents, Louis Joseph Michot, Sr., and Adele Marie Domas Michot, were both from Avoyelles Parish. He was raised in Mamou, Evangeline Parish, and in Lafayette where he graduated from Cathedral High School in 1939, was an Eagle Scout and attended SLI (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette). Louis was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife of 65 years, Patricia Ann Smith Michot; by two daughters, Carolyn Rose Michot and Yvette Marie Michot; by one grandchild, Ruth Reaux; by three brothers, James Kenneth Michot, Thomas Warren Michot, and William Harold Michot; and by two sisters, Beverly Michot Benguiat and Mary Lois Michot Elliott. He is survived by his eight children: Marilyn Ann Michot Breaux (husband Steve Breaux), Patrick Louis Michot (wife Suzanne Lafleur Michot), Thomas Claud Michot (wife Katharine Meleton Michot), David Luke Michot (wife Colette Conway Michot), Timothy Paul Michot (wife Pam Herring Michot ), Robert James Michot (wife Beatrice Guwang Michot), Michael John Michot (wife Monique Broussard Michot), and Yvonne Marie Michot (husband Randy Reaux); 19 grandchildren (Jim Keating (wife Tracey), Sean Keating (wife Bridgett), Rebecca Keating, Chris Keating, Patrick Michot, Joline Michot, Andre Michot (wife Heather), Louis Michot (wife Ashlee), Katharine Michot, Effie Michot, Kayla Michot, Timothy Michot, Noemie Michot, Rosalie Michot, Mikie Michot, Mary Carolyn Michot, Jesse Reaux (wife Megan), Asher Reaux, Daniel Reaux; and five great-grandchildren: Christina Keating, Jaime Keating, Ayler Keating Louviere, Julien Michot and Louis P. Michot II; by one sister, Jacqueline Michot de Ceballos, of Phoenix Arizona, and by many neices, nephews, and cousins. Louis Michot is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana and has lived there most of his 89 years, except for his 10 boyhood years in Youngsville and Mamou, Louisiana, where his father was a school teacher. He then joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and served 6 months as a firefighter and reforestation worker in Northern California. Louis served 4 years in the Marines during WWII. While in the Marines he was an anti-aircraft battery unner officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, and participated in 10 combat missions in the Pacific Theatre. Following military service he left college and ventured into the business world by building a drive-in theatre in Lafayette, eventually owning 2 theatres in Acadiana. His subsequent business ventures over the years covered a wide range such as: real estate development; 45 Burger Chef fast food restaurants in Louisiana and Mississippi; commercial air and water transportation; oil well drilling; offshore and marine construction; general insurance; textile manufacturing in Mexico; foreign trade; and cattle ranching in Central America. He was one of the organizers of Bank of Lafayette, and served on its Board of Directors. He also was on the board and was founding chairman of the International Trade Development Group, and he served on the Boards of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette, Conrad Industries in Morgan City, LA, and as Chairman of Michot Family Partnership based in Lafayette. He was elected to the Louisiana Legislature from Lafayette Parish in 1959, was a candidate for Governor in 1963, later elected to the Louisiana State Board of Education in 1968, and in 1971 elected statewide as Superintendent of Education. Besides his emphasis on "Career Education" where Louisiana established the system of Voc-Tech education and training to better equip our Youth for job skills, he is proud to have provided start-up funds plus office and studio space for La. Educational TV, which is now our very outstanding Louisiana Public Broadcasting Network, LPB. Always active in civic and community affairs, he accepted an appointment as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce in 1953, and in 1955 was a founder of the Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition (LAGCOE). He is a licensed pilot, served 2 years in Washington, D. C. as Assistant to the Vice President of the Air Transport Association of America, and later as President of the National Aerospace Education Association. He has received the National Civil Air Patrol's distinguished Brewer Award. He is a former Kiwanis International Governor of its Louisiana, Mississippi, West-Tennessee District, was Vice President of the USS Enterprise Assn., a recipient of the Lafayette Civic Cup Award, The ULL Outstanding Alumni Award, Cathedral-Carmel Distinguished Graduate Citation, received the First International Achievement Award by the City of Lafayette. He was named to the Acadiana Business Hall of Fame. He is a past International President of the International Good Neighbor Council, which promotes good will and better relations amongst the peoples of the United States and Mexico. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum located in Abbeville, LA. For many years Mr. Michot has provided assistance in the establishment and maintenance of a 75 bed free hospital, 2 schools, and drilling of 7 pure water wells for the Tarahumara Indian children of Northwest Mexico. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a rosary to be recited at 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at Delhomme Funeral Home on Friday, March 9, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and at Sacred Heart Church in Broussard Friday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service (3:00 p.m.). There will be a reception following the service at La Belle Maison, 203 East Second Street, Broussard, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Louis and Pat Michot Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Acadiana, 1035 Camellia Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70508, www.cfacadiana.org. The obituary can be viewed and condolences can be posted to the guestbook at www.delhommefuneralhome.com. Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Published by The Advocate from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2012.
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loss of great man
fred walters
Acquaintance
March 2, 2020
I never meet this man; I just know that it was bobby's father.

Reading this site, he seems to had a very filled and active life.
I know that losing a father is a very painful event, which needs time to repair the hole in the heart.
I just wanted to offer my condolences.

Jm Lopez. From “France – Touraine ”.
“Just a French guy trying to play Cajun music“
March 15, 2012
Our thoughts go to all the Michot family: our dear friends Bobby, Beatrice and daughters, "Michot brothers" sons of Pat and Louis and their wifes, Grandchildren we know and met in France.
I will always keep the memory of fabulous persons who were Louis and Pat, their meeting with my grand parents in France, particulary with my grand father who fought too during the 2nd world war.
Nous pensons fort à vous.

Marilyne PONTELLO RUBBO, husband Xavier, and children Oscar, Niels and Polly
Marilyne PONTELLO RUBBO
March 15, 2012
Much has been written about Louis and I wish to add some personal comments. Louis was a dear friend of my father, Sidney Lemarie', which in his opinion, made him a dear friend to me as well. Although I was not close to him, he always made me feel as though I was a welcome family member and friend. His list of achievements and accomplishments are only surpassed by his ability to be both a humble servant and a force to be reckoned with at the same time. It has truly been my privilege to be considered a friend of his and I extend my sympathy to the family as we recognize Louis for the example that he inspired many to follow.

Warmest Regards,
Larry Lemarie
March 14, 2012
I want to extend my sympathy to the family and friends of Louis Michot.

I hope that you find comfort in the wonderful memories that you share.
Patricia Guillet
March 12, 2012
nous prenons part à votre peine en ce moment difficile, nous avons discuté avec Bobby au téléphone, on pense bien à vous depuis la France, vos parents, nous les avons connus, beaucoup aimés, toute la famille Michot nous a permis de partager avec vous, connaître votre culture, votre joie de vivre, votre envie de partager, et nous a donné beaucoup de bonheur.
vos parents, nous avons pu les recevoir dans notre maison aussi, nous garderons d'eux un éternel souvenir, ils ont aussi reçu Lucile en 2003 comme leur fille, c'est elle qui nous a prévenu de ce départ anticipé vers d'autres horizons,on ne saura jamais comment les remercier de ce bonheur qu'ils ont pu nous procurer ; et aussi, pour vous pour ceux que nous connaissons et pour tous, meme si la langue nous sépare un peu, vous êtes toujours les bienvenus en France.
de loin, on pense à vous.
Maryvonne et Jean-Jacques Pontello
March 11, 2012
My deepest sympathy.
Mary Bonin Thomas
March 10, 2012
He was state superintendent when I was a teacher; he was my boss when I worked at Burger Chef while student teaching. I saw him at daily mass at St. Pius. A greater man, I have not met.
Gwen Mergist
March 9, 2012
In this time of sorrow may you find peace and comfort in your many memories of your father.
Our deepest sympathy to the Michot family.
Ruth Saloom
March 9, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
MITCH DUHON
March 9, 2012
Ann, Rick, Tommy, et al.,
I have so many fond memories of your Mom and Dad. Although the world is diminished by their passing, their presence will always be felt.
George Domas
March 8, 2012
Judge Michot, Mike, all the siblings and family--I was wondering why I hadn't been seeing your father at daily mass, now I know why. I had no idea he was ill and I am very sorry that I didn't know. He would miss mass, sporadically, but always returned. We go back a very long way and I will dearly miss him at daily mass and seeing him playing tennis early in the morning in Girard Park. I'll always remember his public service as state superintendent. Last time we spoke was at Al Leonpacher's birthday party where he jokingly referred to me by one of the nicknames he'd given me "Mother Theresa." Although he is no longer with us, I know Pat is very glad to have him in heaven with her. He was a very good man. You were blessed to have such great and good parents. All of you are in my prayers. Pat Colbert-Cormier
Patricia Colbert-Cormier
March 8, 2012
Ann and family - sorry to hear of your loss - he is at peace now
Jeanette Wickham
March 8, 2012
I am extremely sorry for your loss. I have known him since I was young and knew much less than I thoght that I did. He was a good man. My condolences to all of his family. He will be missed. Hank Helo
March 8, 2012
Rick and Tommy and the rest of the Michot clan - What a great legacy you share ! The Hawk now soars for eternity.
Tink Groth
March 8, 2012
My condolences to the family of a great man
Dr Fred Walters
March 8, 2012
My condolences to the family. Did not know all of you, but Louis and Pat were great friends and were great for Lafayette. He was a good friend and will be missed by all.
Highest Personal Regards,
Lefty Lafferty
March 8, 2012
Rick and Family. Cathy and I wish to offer our deepest sympathy at this difficult time. Your dad lived a long and distinguished life and will be missed by all who had the opportunity to make his acquaintance. May the Good Lord bring you peace and strength during this life changing experience.

Rick & Cathy LeBlanc
Houston, Texas
March 8, 2012
OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY.I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIS HELP IN THE PAST.OUR PRAYERS TO THE FAMILY.
MIKE AND SANDRA DUHON
March 8, 2012
Louie and Ashlee
so sorry for your lost My prayers are with you and your family
Pat Hayden
March 8, 2012
Bobby and Tim and family my most heart felt condolences go out to all of you at this sad time.
Scott Bercegeay
March 8, 2012
May our Loving God comfort you all through the prayers and actions of friends. Louis Michot served as an example for us all.
Kathleen & Dr. Jim Godchaux
March 8, 2012
What a tremendous list of accomplishments for one life time. May God grace this family with comfort in their time of need. Rest in peace Mr. Michot.
R.S. Guillet
March 8, 2012
...tourjours le meme visage, amical et
l'esprit. Repos de Dieu, notre ame
fidele, pere et ami !
Francis Comeaux
March 8, 2012
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