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Evangeline Funeral Home

314 E Saint Peter St, New Iberia, LA

OBITUARY

Mr. Alton J. Darby, Jr.

January 25, 1941February 1, 2020
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NEW IBERIA – A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Alton Joseph Darby, Jr. will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Fr. Korey Lavergne will be the celebrant. Musical selections for the mass will be played by Wayne Broussard, a very close friend to Alton. Following the mass, Mr. Darby will be laid to rest at Holy Family Mausoleum.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at Evangeline Funeral Home on Friday from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm, with the Rosary being prayed at 6:30 pm. Visiting hours will resume on Saturday from 8:00 am until 9:30 am.

Alton Joseph Darby Jr. was born January 25, 1941 in his native New Iberia to the late Alton J. Darby, Sr. and Luella Bernard Darby, and passed away Saturday, February 1, 2020. He was 79.

Alton Darby proudly served his country in the National Guard and was honorable discharged. He was a well known architect that designed and built many of the building in New Iberia. He loved his family and community. Alton was a humble man who dedicated his time and gave his all to the youth to better their lives. He was deeply involved with many youth programs on both a local and national level. Alton coached Little League Baseball, Biddy Basketball, and Sheriff’s League Baseball. He was an integral part of New Iberia’s Pony Baseball and the Optimist Club (youth community outreach programs). Alton coached and was a director in both leagues and was the architect and designer of the National Board of Directors building for the Pony Baseball in Pennsylvania. Alton was honored with many awards for his generous work with the community such as the National Outstanding Optimist Award, the Distinguished Youngman Award, J.C Young Outstanding Man Award, a Civic Service Award, and he served as president of the Louisiana Architects Association (AIALA). Alton was an outstanding man who was loved by the community and he will be truly and deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Patsy Hale Darby; his son and daughter, Alton Darby, III and Kimberly Darby; his grandchild, Ashton Richardson; and his sister, Gloria Darby Fontenot.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Brett Jason Darby; his brother-in-law, Henry “Hank” Fontenot; and his faithful dog, Abby.

Serving as pallbearers are Ashton Richardson, Mike Fontenot, Dean Wattigny, Mark Hale, Kenneth Bouillon, and Dwayne Amy.

Honorary pallbearers are Larry Darby, Jimmy Robicheaux, Lloyd Verret, Pat Broussard, Don Delahoussaye, John Courrege, Keith Brown, and Ray Escuriex.

The family kindly asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Alton’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Family and friends are encouraged to visit Alton’s memorial page at www.evangelinefuneralhome.com to share a special memory or photo with the family.

Evangeline Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Patsy Hale Darby, Wife of 55 years
  • Alton Darby, III, Son
  • Kimberly Darby, Daughter
  • Ashton Richardson, Grandson
  • Gloria Darby Fontenot, Sister
  • Luella Bernard Darby, Mother (deceased)
  • Alton Darby, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Brett Jason Darby, Son (deceased)
  • Henry "Hank" Fontenot, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Abby, His faithful dog (deceased)
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Dean Wattigny, Pallbearer
  • Mike Fontenot, Pallbearer
  • Keith Brown, Pallbearer
  • Ashton Richardson, Pallbearer
  • Mark Hale, Pallbearer
  • Dwayne Amy, Pallbearer
  • Jimmy Robicheaux, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Lloyd Verret, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Pat Broussard, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Don Delahoussaye, Honorary Pallbearer
  • John Courrege, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ray Escuriex, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Larry Darby, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Rosary Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Visitation Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • A Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 8, 2020

Memories

Mr. Alton J. Darby, Jr.

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Malcolm Landry

February 19, 2020

So sorry to hear about Mr. Alton's passing. He designed and had the pavilion built at the pepperplex. Truly remarkable structure.

He enjoyed coming see my daughter Grace play softball at CHS. She hit 6 home runs her freshman year.

We would share peanuts at every game.

Malcolm O. Landry
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Peggy Peltier Romero

February 15, 2020

Patsy, I was saddened to learn that Alton passed away. Please know that my prayers will be lifted that the Lord will shower you and your family with blessings of strength and courage during this difficult time.

Will Langlinais

February 8, 2020

Please accept our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. Our prayers go out to the entire family of Alton.

Adele Lasseigne Miller

February 8, 2020

Patsy and family, I just learned of Alton's passing. I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a devoted husband and father and I know he will be missed. Lots of hugs and prayers are going your way.
Adele and family.

Will Grubbs

February 7, 2020

A kind generous man, Alton always treated others with respect and was a part of many blessings. He will be missed.
Our prayers are with you.

Gloria Fontenot

February 7, 2020

My dear Bro
As I travel the streets of New Iberia, I will always remember you as I pass the schools, banks, homes, baseball fields and other buildings you designed with such beauty. You were so talented, generous and caring. You gave it your all. I'm so grateful to have you as my beloved brother. I will miss you so much. Love you.
Glo

Melody Valenzuela

February 6, 2020

I had a chance this past August to travel to the PONY World Series. I was ever so pleased that I was able to attend the trip and visit "The house that Alton built" (PONY HQ). Alton also made the trip. On the day of my visit to PONY HQ, Alton offered to give me a personal tour of the building. He took great pride in explaining the small details he spent countless hours designing. He incorporated so many special elements into the building and I could see the joy in his eyes just talking about them. He mentioned his "favorite" room in the whole building was the Board Room. In it, like minded people could gather and make PONY an even greater organization. I will forever cherish the tour I got to take with Mr. Darby. It was a pleasure to have known him and an inspiration to continue volunteering. Rest In Paradise Mr. Darby!

Billy Brooks

February 6, 2020

Ken Bouilion

February 5, 2020

I would like to share some favorite memories I have of my cousin Alton.

My first is with his parents at their Cypremort Point camp with my grandmother crabbing and the whole Darby clan. My mother set the family record of devouring seventeen crabs.

The second, and more personal, is his help to me as a freshman football player at Catholic High. Bro helped me to figure out how to wear the athletic equipment and encouraged me to endure the August two-a-days. More importantly, he taught me the three point stance and exploding off the offensive line. Bro was a kind and generous person who led in a strong and quiet way. I have always felt indebted to him for his leadership and help in my own life and career.

Finally, his own work career and overall personality reminds me most of our maternal grandfather, John Flanagan Darby, who served as a police juror in New Iberia. Alton truly carried on the legacy of his family and we would all do well to remember and continue his service.

richard "DICK" THEVENOT

February 4, 2020

DEAR PATSY AND FAMILY I WANT YOU TO KNOW HOW GREATLY I VALUED ALTON'S FRIENDSHIP AND HIS IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE ARCHITURAL PROFESSION , ESPECIALLY DURING HIS PRESIDENCY OF THE STATE ASSOCIATION. I WAS INSPIRED BY HIS EXAMPLE. HE MADE A NOTABLE DIFFERENCE IN MY LIIFE AND MANY OTHERS. MAY GOD REWARD HIM GREATLY FOR HIS GOOD AND GENEROUS WORKS. SINCERELY, DICK THEVENOT,HONORARY AIA

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