OBITUARY

Donald Charles "Don" Bayard

November 11, 1934March 30, 2018
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NEW IBERIA – A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted for Donald Charles Bayard, age 83, at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Fr. Mario Romero officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Family Mausoleum with military honors by the Iberia Veteran’s Honor Guard.

Visitation will take place at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm by the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. The funeral home will reopen on Wednesday at 8:00 am until service time.

A native and resident of New Iberia, Mr. Bayard passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Donald Bayard was born in New Iberia on November 11, 1934 to the late Beverly and Bernice Conrad Bayard. He graduated from St. Peter’s College in 1953. Don, as he was often called, worked for Sorrell Electric, E.P. Breaux, and Otis International. In 1975 Don opened his own business, Don Bayard’s Electric, and ran it for forty two years. He proudly served his country in the National Guard for ten years and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, council 3425, where he served as a Grand Knight. Don was also a scout master in the Boy Scouts of America and a little league coach. He had a love for softball and was inducted into the hall of fame in 2005. A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, he will be truly and deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty nine years, Lois Broussard Bayard; children, Steven Bayard of New Iberia, Eric Bayard and wife Angie of New Iberia, Jill Bayard of New Iberia, and Donna Nugier and husband Billy of Spring, TX; brothers, Baron Bayard and Gerald Bayard; grandchildren, Jared Romero, Brittani Guidry, Bailey Bayard, Ben Bayard, Kaitlyn Romero, Alaina Nugier, and Carly Nugier; and great grandchildren, Landyn Romero, Khloe Romero, Liam Romero, and Ridge Guidry.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Beverly and Bernice Conrad Bayard.

Pallbearers will be Steven Bayard, Eric Bayard, Bailey Bayard, Jared Romero, Billy Nugier, Nolan Theriot, Sr., and Terry Fox.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gerald “Bootsie” Bayard, Baron Bayard, Benjamin Bayard, Ray Dartez, Ron Pontiff and J.J. Bernice.

Donations may be made in Don’s memory to the Catholic High Athletic Department, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center |P.O. Box 4486 Houston, TX 77210-4486| and Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau| 214 Church St, Grand Coteau, LA 70541|.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Mr. Don’s caregivers, Glenda Green and Desha Fontenot, for their care and compassion shown while caring for him.

To view the on-line obituary, video tribute and sign the guest register, please visit www.evangelinefuneralhome.com.

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

  • FAMILY

  • Lois Broussard Bayard, Wife of 59 years
  • Steven Bayard, Son
  • Eric Bayard & Angie, Son
  • Jill Bayard, Daughter
  • Donna Nugier & Billy, Daughter
  • Jared Romero, Grandson
  • Brittani Guidry, Granddaughter
  • Bailey Bayard, Grandson
  • Ben Bayard, Grandson
  • Kaitlyn Romero, Granddaughter
  • Alaina Nugier, Granddaughter
  • Carly Nugier, Granddaughter
  • Landyn Romero, Great Grandson
  • Khloe Romero, Great Granddaughter
  • Liam Romero, Great Grandson
  • Ridge Guidry, Great Grandson
  • Baron Bayard, Brother
  • Gerald Bayard, Brother
  • Beverly Bayard, Father
  • Bernice Conrad Bayard, Mother
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Steven Bayard
  • Eric Bayard
  • Bailey Bayard
  • Jared Romero
  • Billy Nugier
  • Nolan Theriot, Sr.
  • Terry Fox
  • Gerald "Bootsie" Bayard, Honorary
  • Baron Bayard, Honorary
  • Benjamin Bayard, Honorary
  • Ray Dartez, Honorary
  • Ron Pontiff, Honorary
  • J.J. Bernice, Honorary
  • DONATIONS

  • Catholic High School Athletic Department
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat Center

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Rosary Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • A Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, April 4, 2018
REMEMBERING

Donald Charles "Don" Bayard

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Adrienne McCarthy

April 4, 2018

The Turner and McCarthy families send their deepest condolences to the Bayard Family. Mr Don has serviced our homes for many years and we’ve always gotten the best work from him. He played men’s softball with my Dad for many years and would often work on the same jobs. We always enjoyed visiting with him and Steven when they’d show up to repair our electrical problems. He will be deeply missed by many.

Jill Bayard

April 4, 2018

I could always count on you went I needed anything. I will miss the calls on Fridays to go get Duffy's for him and mom. He used to enjoy going eat lunch with Kaitlyn and I on Sunday, especially at Victors so he could eat pecan pie. Since he was a cancer survivor., they would always invite him to relay of life. I will miss taking him to relay of life and walking a few laps around the trail with him. He was a hard worker and a good ball player. After the stroke he wasn't able to talk much, but his face would light up when the ball players would come visit him.
I love you daddy and will miss you until we meet again.
Your daughter Jill

Donna Nugier

April 3, 2018

Daddy
You were a hard working man and always provided for us. I will always remember how you made our family gatherings special, complete with the potato salad that only you could make. I was so proud of you when I watched you play softball in Baytown. You were so happy playing ball. You were so strong beating cancer and fought hard after the stroke. I will miss you clowning around with my kids and telling your stories. Enjoy a great big steak and a slice of lemon meringue pie in heaven. I love you daddy!!
Your daughter Donna

Isiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

John 11:25
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,

Eric Bayard

April 3, 2018

Eric Bayard

April 3, 2018

You were always there for me. We had so much in common. I will miss the family get togethers when we would cook out and play softball and how when you were up to bat how everyone would back way up because they knew you would hit the ball so far out.I will miss the calls I would make to you in the evenings and get advice from you about jobs and how we would talk about our day. I will miss all of the stories you would tell about times gone by and especially the stories of your trips out of town and out of state playing softball with your friends. I will miss you popping up on my job sites to check out the job and talk to my guys. So many good memories you will Be truly missed.
I love you.
Your son Eric

Steven Bayard

April 3, 2018

Dad, we had our ups and downs. But you were always there for me. I'll always remember the times you got up early to bring me to church when I was an alter boy. You brought me to Boy scout meetings and campouts. You were my baseball coach. And most of all a good boss. At times we went around and around. But, we had the same goals. Get the job done right. I will cherish all the years we did things together. I love you and will miss you a lot. May god bless you. Your son Steve.

Kaitlyn Romero

April 2, 2018

Friday,March 30, 2018 god gained another angel, my grandfather Donald Charles Bayard passed away. It will be hard knowning that i won't be walking into his house and seeing his chair empty but i know hes up there watching over my family and i. He was a hard working man he worked until he couldn't anymore. He also loved playing baseball he taught me how to play he used to get his ball and glove and go out to the back yard and pitch for me until i got good at hitting the ball. He will be missed by many people family and friends. I love you poppop fly high my angel i will miss you.👼😭

COL (Ret) Calvin & Jan Washispack

April 1, 2018

It is the “Soldier”
In Memorial Honor to Donald C Bayard
Louisiana National Guard

It’s the Soldier,
not the pastor/preacher, who has given us freedom of religion and worship.

It’s the Soldier,
not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It’s the Soldier,
not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It’s the Soldier,
not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble and demonstrate.

It’s the Soldier,
not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It’s the Soldier,
not the politician, who has given us the right to vote, ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
It’s the Soldier, Who salutes the Flag, who serves beneath the Flag and whose coffin is draped by the Flag, who gives the protester the right to burn the flag.

ETERNAL REST GRANT HIM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON HIM.

COL (Ret) Calvin & Jan Washispack

April 1, 2018

It is the “Soldier”
In Memorial Honor to Donald C Bayard
Louisiana National Guard

It’s the Soldier,
not the pastor/preacher, who has given us freedom of religion and worship.

It’s the Soldier,
not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It’s the Soldier,
not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It’s the Soldier,
not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble and demonstrate.

It’s the Soldier,
not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It’s the Soldier,
not the politician, who has given us the right to vote, ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
It’s the Soldier, Who salutes the Flag, who serves beneath the Flag and whose coffin is draped by the Flag, who gives the protester the right to burn the flag.

ETERNAL REST GRANT HIM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON HIM.

Kenneth Pellerin

April 1, 2018

Bayard family
My deepest sympathies on Mr. Don’s passing. He was always cutting up and laughing with us when he and Steve came to do electrical work. We will miss him.

Biography

NEW IBERIA – A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted for Donald Charles Bayard, age 83, at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Fr. Mario Romero officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Family Mausoleum with military honors by the Iberia Veteran’s Honor Guard.

Visitation will take place at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm by the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. The funeral home will reopen on Wednesday at 8:00 am until service time.

A native and resident of New Iberia, Mr. Bayard passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Donald Bayard was born in New Iberia on November 11, 1934 to the late Beverly and Bernice Conrad Bayard. He graduated from St. Peter’s College in 1953. Don, as he was often called, worked for Sorrell Electric, E.P. Breaux, and Otis International. In 1975 Don opened his own business, Don Bayard’s Electric, and ran it for forty two years. He proudly served his country in the National Guard for ten years and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, council 3425, where he served as a Grand Knight. Don was also a scout master in the Boy Scouts of America and a little league coach. He had a love for softball and was inducted into the hall of fame in 2005. A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, he will be truly and deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty nine years, Lois Broussard Bayard; children, Steven Bayard of New Iberia, Eric Bayard and wife Angie of New Iberia, Jill Bayard of New Iberia, and Donna Nugier and husband Billy of Spring, TX; brothers, Baron Bayard and Gerald Bayard; grandchildren, Jared Romero, Brittani Guidry, Bailey Bayard, Ben Bayard, Kaitlyn Romero, Alaina Nugier, and Carly Nugier; and great grandchildren, Landyn Romero, Khloe Romero, Liam Romero, and Ridge Guidry.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Beverly and Bernice Conrad Bayard.

Pallbearers will be Steven Bayard, Eric Bayard, Bailey Bayard, Jared Romero, Billy Nugier, Nolan Theriot, Sr., and Terry Fox.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gerald “Bootsie” Bayard, Baron Bayard, Benjamin Bayard, Ray Dartez, Ron Pontiff and J.J. Bernice.

Donations may be made in Don’s memory to the Catholic High Athletic Department, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center |P.O. Box 4486 Houston, TX 77210-4486| and Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau| 214 Church St, Grand Coteau, LA 70541|.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Mr. Don’s caregivers, Glenda Green and Desha Fontenot, for their care and compassion shown while caring for him.

To view the on-line obituary, video tribute and sign the guest register, please visit www.evangelinefuneralhome.com.

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