Malcom Frank DeHart
July 14, 1948 – March 19, 2013
Malcom Frank DeHart, 64, a native of New Iberia and long time resident of Bayou Vista passed away, surrounded by his family, on March 19, 2013 at Teche Regional Medical Center.
Visitation will be at Hargrave Funeral Home in Morgan City from 6-9pm on Thursday March 21, 2013 and again from 12-2pm on Friday March 22, 2013 followed by a funeral mass at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Bayou Vista. A private burial will be held at a later date.
Malcom is survived by his wife of 42 years, Maria Giulia Canella; his children,
Angela DeHart Blanchard of Des Allemands, David DeHart of Oklahoma City, and Amy DeHart of Bayou Vista; his mother, Vera Mae Rink DeHart of Bayou Vista; one brother, Avery Wayne DeHart of Bayou Vista; two sisters, Phyllis DeHart Romero of New Iberia and Patricia DeHart Estilette of New Iberia and 9 grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his father Avery DeHart and his son Michele DeHart.
Malcom was born on July 14, 1948 in New Iberia and graduated from New Iberia High School. Upon graduation he entered the Army where he served his country in the Vietnam War.
After the war, Malcom was stationed in Vicenza, Italy and there he met the love of his life, Giulia. After returning to the states, they were married and settled in Bayou Vista where they were blessed with 4 children whom he cherished dearly.
In 1991, at 42 years old, Malcom was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and lived out his remaining days with the degenerative disease. As his physical strength deteriorated, Malcom's spiritual strength increased and he never wavered from his faith and his family.
Malcom loved to be with his children and grandchildren and always made it a point to ensure that they knew it by frequent visits and hugs. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and all things outdoors. Malcom was always a very generous and caring man who always put others first. He joyfully shared his faith with everyone he came into contact.
Never a bitter man, Malcom embraced his loved ones and showed all whom knew him the real meaning of strength.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at Hargrave Funeral Home; continuing Friday, March 22, 2013 at Hargrave Funeral Home from 12:00 pm until dismissal at 1:30 pm.
A mass will be at 2:00 pm at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Bayou Vista.
In lieu of flowers the family asked that a donation to St Jude Children's Hospital (stjude.org
) or St. Bernadette Catholic Church be considered.