Leon Darbonne

December 8, 1936March 12, 2018

Darbonne, Leon "Cat"

Leon was a native of Port Barre and a resident of Gonzales. Leon passed away Monday, March 12, 2018 in Gonzales at 2:15 AM at the age of 81. Leon was a retired supervisor at Freeport-McMoran and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. A visitation for Leon will be held at St. Mark Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 10:00 AM until mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 PM celebrated by Rev. Rubin Reynolds. Interment will follow at Cornerview Cemetery in Gonzales. Leon is survived by his wife of 58 years: Hilda Meche Darbonne of Gonzales, 5 daughters and 4 sons-in-law: Darlene D. Roussa of Parker, Colorado, Melissa and Michael Braud and Cheryl and Phillip Hanna both of St. Amant, Lonnie and Bryan Haydel of Gonzales and Alice' and Patrick Bourque of Prairieville, twin sister and her spouse: Leona Dicapo and Anthony of Melville, La., 1 brother and sister-in-law: Clifford and Genevieve Darbonne of Opelousas, La., 2 sisters-in-law: Alice Darbonne of Arnaudville, La. and Bertha Darbonne of Denham Springs, 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Leon was preceded in death by his parents: Clef and Helen Wheaton Darbonne, 4 brothers: Edwin, Norris, Joseph Seville and James Darbonne, 3 sisters: Sylvia Pierce, Helen Matte and Lillian Bourque. Serving as pallbearers for Leon will be his grandsons. Leon's love of cooking, gardening, making sausage and his hot fresh coffee were his passions and Leon was always the life of the party. The love of Leon's life was his wife, his children, grandchildren and his great grandchildren. Leon was member of the St. Theresa Knights of Columbus Council #2657 and a lifetime member of the 7th District Fire Department. Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales is in charge of the arrangements. To offer words of condolences to the family, you may visit


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Burial with Navy Military Honors Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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Merry Volk

March 13, 2018

I will be praying for all of you at this time. I remember the last time he fixed jambalaya for us. It was so good. Take care and I send my love and condolences to all of you.

BJ McAllister

March 13, 2018

Very sorry to hear about Leon. I enjoyed working with him for many years at the Uncle Sam plant, and have eaten "numerous" fantastic meals prepared by him, along with lots of homemade sausage and other treats.

My deepest condolences to the family, and I pray the Lord will comfort you during this difficult time.

BJ McAllister