Darrell John East, 75, of Grand Chenier passed away May 31, 2013 in a local hospital after a lengthy illness.
Darrell was a retired Deputy with the Cameron Parish Sheriff's Dept. He was a 1957 graduate of Grand Chenier High School. He was a great son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He never met a stranger. He enjoyed attending the morning coffee meetings at Kelley's Mart with friends and neighbors. Prior to his time with the CPSO he was a mechanic for the Cameron Parish Mosquito Control. He was the proud bus driver for the South Cameron High School Tarpons and loved his coaching buddies.
Darrell was a member of the J.P. Boudoin K of C Council in Creole where he served as Grand Knight. He later joined the Evans P. Mhire K 0f C in Grand Chenier. He served as Board President for the Cameron Parish Special Olympics. He and his father owned and operated East's Shell Service Station in Grand Chenier for many years. He was a member of St. Eugene Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Julian and Ena Theriot East; his sister, Hulaine Kelley and his loving wife of 46 years Juanita "Nita" Ruth Jones East.
Left to cherish Darrell's memory is his children, Debbie Jo Doxey and husband, James, Bryan East and wife, Stephanie, Lisa Lannin and husband, John; his sister, Leola Theriot; 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Derek Vaughan, Chance Doxey, Tyler Lannin, Mitchel Kelley, Mark Theriot and Ronald Mhire.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00pm, Monday, June 3, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rev. Tim Goodly will officiate. Visitation will begin Sunday 4:00pm-8:00pm with a rosary at 6:00pm at the church hall and resume Monday 10:00am until service time. Interment will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Grand Chenier. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of St. Patrick's Hospital Unit 41, Rehabilitation Center and Christus Hospice and especially his first cousin and caregiver, Poochie East.