Frank Creighton DEJEAN
February 5, 1930 – February 10, 2021
Frank C. DeJean, 91, transitioned to eternal life on February 10, 2021. Frank was born on February 5, 1930 in Port Barre, Louisiana to Charles O. and Edmee DeJean. The youngest of 8 children, Frank enjoyed a Tom Sawyer-esque childhood on the family farm alongside the banks of the Courtableau Bayou and Bayou Teche – hunting, fishing, running in the woods and working odd jobs from a very young age. Being very adept at building and fixing things, along with his love of mathematics, he dreamed of becoming an engineer – which he did. Licensed as a Professional Engineer in 4 states, he worked the majority of his career as a contract civil and structural engineer – designing bridges, petroleum plant structures/foundations, paper mill components/foundations as well as many other projects which are sure to remain standing for years to come.
Frank married Betty Sue Eady in September 1961 and became an instant father to Rita Diane and Joyce Ann. Shortly thereafter, they welcomed another daughter, Janet Marie, followed by yet another daughter, Sally Carol. Needless to say Frank loved his girls, and they all loved him back immeasurably. Frank was predeceased by Betty in 1991. He then married Madeline Yankovich in June 1993, and became a much loved and respected step-father to David and Susan Onufer. Frank is predeceased by his parents, 5 brothers, 2 sisters, and his first wife Betty. He is survived by his wife, Madeline, daughters Rita (James) Hutchins, Joyce (Craig) Cornett, Janet (Michael) Newton and Sally (John) Leidal, step-son David (Tricia) Onufer and step-daughter Susan Onufer. He enjoyed his 5 grandsons (Jeffrey, Austin, Travis, Clifford and Jacob), 4 granddaughters (Julie, Ally, Aubrey and Abigail), 3 step-grandsons (Evan, Luke and Adam) and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews who are left with nothing but fond memories of their beloved Uncle Frank. His kindness, generous nature and propensity for being a master teller of tales will be remembered forever.
Friday, February 26, 2021
Frank Creighton DEJEAN
February 24, 2021
I’ll never forget Onc Frank’s smile, wit, wisdom, pride and sense of well-being during our conversations. I would take notes on his health remedies and learned so much family history through his narratives which he relayed not only factually, but with an inimitable direct opinion of characters and circumstances. Such ‘frankness,’ which I admire, is seldom heard today. He used to call me every Christmas. I really appreciated his level of personally keeping in touch! Once upon a time at the Port Barre cemetery, I had difficulty locating a number of family tombstones. I phoned him and he gave me precise locations of each, one by one, using landscape markers, left, right orientation and numbers of steps involved. My mother, Gertrude, praised him for his talent, personal achievements and generous caregiving to his mother, Edmee, and later to his own family. Onc Frank, self made engineer, innovator, artist, raconteur (storyteller), generous caregiver, you will live with me in spirit forever!