Laurent "Jay" Braquet III

May 3, 1956February 2, 2021

Laurent J. Braquet, III, affectionately known by family and friends as "Jay", entered into his eternal glory Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at the young age of 64.

Jay was born May 3, 1956 in Topeka, Kansas, the son an Air Force father, Laurent J. Braquet, Jr. and Verna Mae Sonnier Braquet.

Jay was retired having spent many years in Oilfield production before moving on to Woodmen of the World, a career that would span over three decades. He worked his way up from a sales representative into management and as a Financial Advisor to the numerous families that placed their trust in him for guidance. He also gave of his time to serve as a Chaplain with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office under Sheriff Sid Hebert, and spoke to school students on the dangers of drinking and driving.

As a true Louisiana outdoorsman, Jay spent time fishing and hunting and backpacking with Goldie. One of their favorite destinations was the mountains of Arkansas where they climbed four of the five ranges. Above all, his greatest love was his family. He leaves a legacy of faith, love and compassion that will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish his memory is his wife and best friend of 33 years, Goldie Lazaro Braquet; his daughter and son, Latasha Braquet (Regan) and Corey Frederick (Ashleigh); four grandchildren, Triston Anthony Romero (Paige), Gabriel Broussard, Cole Thibodeaux and Christian Kiddy; a great granddaughter due in March that he eagerly awaited, Lila Jae Romero; his aunt, Jeanette Thibodeaux (Roy); his brother, Craig Braquet; his cousin and close friend, Dickie Fremin; in-laws, Raymond and Charlotte Lazaro; and his faithful dog, Pepper.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Laurent Braquet, Jr. and Verna Mae Sonnier Braquet.

A memorial service celebrating Jay's life will be held at 6:00 pm Thursday, February 11, 2021 at Our Savior's Church, 4201 E. Admiral Doyle Drive, New Iberia, LA 70560.

The family kindly asks that those wishing to honor Jay may do so by making a contribution in his name to To Africa With Love, 3107 Riverwood Road, New Iberia, LA 70560 or to Louis P. Ledet Memorial Scholarship Fund, 505 Mardi Gras Road, Carencro LA 70520.

Family and friends are encouraged to share their memories and condolences by visiting his memorial page at

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


  • Goldie Lazaro Braquet, Wife of 33 years
  • Latasha Braquet Guidry (Regan), Daughter
  • Corey Frederick (Ashleigh), Son
  • Triston Anthony Romero (Paige), Grandchild
  • Gabriel Broussard, Grandchild
  • Cole Thibodeaux, Grandchild
  • Christian Kiddy, Grandchild
  • Lila Jae Romero, Great Grandchild due in March
  • Craig Braquet, Brother
  • Jeanette Thibodeaux (Roy), Aunt
  • Raymond and Charlotte Lazaro, In-laws
  • Dickie Fremin, Cousin
  • Pepper, His loyal dog
  • Verna Mae Sonnier Braquet, Mother (deceased)
  • Laurent J. Braquet, Jr., Father (deceased)

  • To Africa With Love
  • Louis P. Ledet Memorial Scholarship Fund


  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, February 11, 2021


Laurent "Jay" Braquet III

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Miki Martin

February 12, 2021

Our Papa Jay
We will deeply miss your friendship
You were our big teddy bear
A confidant, a prayer partner, a financial advisor, best lunch buddy and a light for Jesus
Thank you for giving your love so freely and abundantly
Until we meet again
Love you Fred

Carolyn Cummings

February 11, 2021

Goldie I am so sorry for your loss. So many memories of you and Jay at church. Praying God’s comfort fill your heart with His comfort!

Kelley Blankenship

February 10, 2021

So sorry to hear this! Will certainly be lifting you guys up in prayer!

Carmela Paola

February 9, 2021

Goldie, So sorry for your loss. I remember awesome dinners at your house, my children swimming in your pond, boys 'hunting' the tree line with Jay. Miss your friendship. Wish we could be there to give you a hug. Love and Aloha, Carmela & Ed


February 8, 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss.


Shelley Greer Hebert

February 8, 2021

My precious Goldie and family...
My prayers are with you all... What great fun amazing times we had in years gone by. I smile and even laugh sometimes when I think of all the great conversations, meals, adventures (like when Jay actually got me into the newly dug pond to pull weeds-icky!) the cell group memories & gatherings, awesome prayer times, and all the visits just sitting and talking about life and the goodness of God. He truly is a one of a kind guy... my heart breaks for you but I rejoice in knowing he is in Heavenly Places rejoicing with all the Heavenly host... hugs to all... as Jay always called me, I sign this message to you as Shelley G 🌹🌹🌹

Craig Braquet

February 8, 2021

I love you brother. I'll miss our long conversations. I guess no one knew about them.

Barbara Mayeux Billy Simon

February 7, 2021

Me & Billy will miss all your visits You were a lovely husband to Sandra ( my sister) so glad you had
Your wife (Goldie) by your side He always had a smile & laughter with him Now you have gone to the gates of heaven Fly
High Billy & I will miss you so much 🙏☦️🙏 ❤️❤️❤️

Gail Mayeux Landry

February 6, 2021

Rest In Peace my brother-in-law your suffering is over. I know Sandra and your baby boy Sean Michael along with my parents and yours welcomed you with loving arms and you finally got to meet your unborn baby boy Peace and love to you Jay you brought a lot of love to those who couldn’t help themselves. I was so proud when you went to Mexico
To be a missionary. You use to make
Us laugh when we would get together I was happy you found love again with Goldie may you Rest In Peace you have suffered enough love you. Praying for you and your family
Gail and Carrie

Sean Hebert

February 4, 2021

Thanks for being such a great friend to me and Melissa Jay we will forever cherish the memories we have together.