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Pierre Lapeyre

Pierre Andre' Lapeyre

July 6, 1934 - April 1, 2019
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Obituary

Pierre André Lapeyre P.E., 84, passed away peacefully at sunset on Monday April 1, 2019 surrounded by his family. Pierre was born at home on 880 High St in Houma on July 6, 1934. He was the sixth of eight children born to Emile Minor and Louise Dupont Lapeyre.
A visitation will be held on Saturday April 6, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Houma, Louisiana. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:30 a.m. with burial at St. Francis Cemetery II at 6157 W. Main Street, Houma, LA 70360.
Pierre is survived by his lovely wife of 61 years, Donna Davet Lapeyre, and his children Nanette (Steven) Gremillion, Charles (Jennifer) Lapeyre, Elise (Joey) Jones, Jean Pierre Lapeyre, and his ten grandchildren and one great granddaughter, Payton Alice.
Pierre’s grandchildren are Joseph (Cailin) Jones, Jacob Jones, Caroline Jones (fiancé of Wesley Steege); Erin Gremillion, Kate Gremillion (fiancé of Cameron Rosenow), Grace (Taylor) Gremillion Harrison; Eric Lapeyre, Elyse Lapeyre; Christopher Andrew Lapeyre and Sean Lapeyre.  
Pierre was baptized and educated at St. Francis then studied at St. Benedict’s Abbey in Covington, LA. He studied pre-engineering at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama and graduated from Notre Dame University in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering.  Upon graduation and after marrying Donna Marie, he served in the United States Army as a Lieutenant stationed in Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland followed by Ft. Hood, Texas and concluded his active duty service in 1959 and entered private industry as a Professional Engineer in Texas in 1960.
In 1974, he founded Euclid Engineering Corporation and grew that organization to service the Oil & Gas industry in Louisiana and Texas for many years. Pierre received the James M. Todd Technological Accomplishment Medal in 1979 from the Louisiana Engineering Society for his US & Europe patented inventions in the area of water transportable pumping systems, floating dry docks, as well as a computerized, heart-rate monitored exercise system, which was a precursor to today’s Peloton system.
In 1977, at the request of his father, and with the assistance of his Uncle Jean Martial Lapeyre, S.J. and other family members; Pierre published “The Green Book” which documented the South Louisiana LAPEYRE family back to Ascain, France in 1801. It is a treasured legacy and inspiration for the entire extended Lapeyre Family.
Pierre served as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Terrebonne General Hospital from 1979-1981 and was the principal signatory of the successful ‘Series 1981’ Bond offering that led to the construction of the current day TGMC.
Over the years, he was a trusted advisor and board member to his brothers and family while running various shrimp, shrimp peeling and processing, technology, real estate and holding companies across Louisiana, Texas and Internationally.
No obituary would be complete without mentioning that Pierre had a hole-in-one on Ellendale CC #4 on May 22, 1993.  He sometimes liked to ask his sons, sons-in-law, grandchildren, poker & golf buddies if they’d had one yet.
An interesting note is that at 84; Pierre’s first and only visit to the hospital was on March 30, 2019. His doctors thought there was a computer glitch when they found his hospital record was completely empty.  
Papa, as he was affectionately known in his later years, most enduring legacy will be centered on his Spiritual life, Faith & Family. He believed that the solution to any problem could be found through prayer, persistence and family coming together to love and support one another in emulation of the Holy Family’s perfect example of sacrifice and devotion to each other.
In lieu of flowers, cards and donations, the Family requests that you enjoy some Jelly Bellys, Bananas Foster, Redfish and Green Sauce, and/or an Old Fashioned cocktail (or two). If you have photos or stories you’d like to share, in addition to posting; please email them to [email protected] and the family will retrieve them and memorialize them. We will do our best to respond to the inevitable recipe requests as well! God Bless you and your family and we thank you for your friendship and fellowship over the eight and a half decades of Pierre’s wonderful life.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 6th, 2019 |
    When
    Saturday, April 6th, 2019
    Location
    Saint Francis de Sales Cathedral
    Address
    500 Goode Street
    Houma, LA 70360
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  • Service

    Saturday, April 6th, 2019 |
    When
    Saturday, April 6th, 2019
    Location
    Saint Francis de Sales Cathedral
    Address
    500 Goode Street
    Houma, LA 70360
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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I had the privilege of attending Pierre,s funeral and was so moved by the love of his children expressed in church that morning. Donna is my new and dear recent friend and when we met, we immediately connected. My love and prayers go out to all of your family. Mary Winslow
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Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow.
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Our prayers and thoughts are with your family.
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May God bless you and your family during this time of sorrow In sympathy, Joni and Gary
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We join you in giving thanks to our loving Father for the gift that Pierre was to so many. We feel richly blessed to have known Pierre and Donna for many years and to have been joined in prayer through these years. May you all continue to be touched by his spiritual presence in your lives. We will indeed enjoy a glass of wine in his honor. His obituary is as awesome as he was! May God bless each of you.
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