Melvyne James Trahan

Passed away on March 18, 2016

Melvyne James Trahan, 73, a native of Orange, TX and a resident of Donaldsonville, LA, passed away on Friday, March 18, 2016 at his residence. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 3:00 PM at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with a visitation preceding the service starting at 1:00 PM and continuing until services at 3:00 PM. A reception will be held at the church hall following the service. Mel followed his father’s footsteps in the oilfield after four years in the Air Force. He was a deep sea diver and underwater welder for 15 years diving to depths of over 500 feet. He was an avid outdoorsman from the time of his youth enjoying hunting, fishing and shooting. His custom built casting rods, and hand carved gun stocks and hand grips are works of art. He was a self-taught cue smith, repairing and refurbishing pool cues. His custom built barbeque smokers and fish fryers entertained hundreds of friends. He will always be remembered as a proud father, grandfather, brother, cousin and uncle. He was respected and admired by all who knew and loved him. He will be missed dearly at the houseboat, the Miss Mable, in the spillway on Bayou Long. Mel is survived by his daughters, Leah Gautreaux and husband Kenward, Paula Green and husband Todd, Sheryl Leaber and husband Robert; sons, Barry Trahan and Evan Trahan; brother, Cleben Trahan and his wife, Mona and their children, Boyd, Elizabeth, Michael, Rebecca, Gregory; step daughters, Lisa Love Schuble, Cari Love Steward, Cheri Love Grantham; grandchildren, Alyse, Hailey, Anna, Sadie, Sarah, James, Andrew, Ashley, Gordon, Benjamin; great-grandchild, Addalynne; uncle, Elridge “Gee” Zeringue and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Elie Trahan and Mabel Hebert Trahan. To offer condolences to the family, please sign the online guestbook at Ourso Funeral Home of Donaldsonville is in charge of arrangements.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 23, 2016
  • Visitation Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Melvyne James Trahan

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The Staff of Ourso Funeral Home

March 31, 2016

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

March 28, 2016

Heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise found at 1 Thessalonians 4:14 will bring you comfort. Knowing that there is a future for the ones we have lost in death can be reassuring.

March 26, 2016

My deepest sympathy to the family. Know confidently that soon death will be brought to nothing 1 Cor. 15:26. All our loved one will be brought to life again soon.

March 26, 2016

My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of grief. May God's loving-kindness comfort you and help you through this difficult time. (Psalm 119:50,76)

Paul Zeringue

March 25, 2016

I always loved spending time with you and hearing about all of your life's adventures. We were just getting to spend more time together and I was looking forward to more time at camp. Will miss you Mel.

AW "Bill" Knaps, Jr.

March 24, 2016

Cleb and all Melvyne's Family. I am very saddened by this news. I love Melvyne like a brother. Had not seen him since we went Motorcycle Riding together in Donaldsonville In the early 70's. He had a Triumph then and I a Suzuki. I know he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. AW "Bill" Knaps, Jr.

June Gleason

March 23, 2016

Paula I am so sorry to hear of passing of your dad. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. May God help console you during this difficult time. Love, June Gleason

March 23, 2016


Brian & Trish Robin

March 22, 2016

Barry and Family,

We are very sorry for your loss. Praying for the Trahan family at this time of need.

Lucy Berthelot

March 22, 2016

With deepest sympathy. May your family find peace and comfort in the days ahead. Melvin will be greatly missed.