Dan Trahant

September 19, 1945October 15, 2022
Obituary of Dan Trahant
Daniel Joseph Trahant, M.D., of Metairie, Louisiana, died on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at the age of 77. Dr. Trahant was preceded in death by his parents, Elbert Joseph Trahant and Jennie Elizabeth Polito and his step-son, Christopher Scott Fontenot. He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol Norman Trahant; his two daughters, Amelie Porter Trahant and Alice Trahant Phillips (Tate); his step-daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Slater; his son, Daniel Joseph Trahant, Jr. (Britny); his four step-sons, Samuel David Slater (Ashley), Noah Daniel Slater (Bridget), Gray Carothers Fontenot (Kristin), and Todd Parker Fontenot; his brother, David Elbert Trahant (Lucille); and six grandchildren. Dr. Trahant was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 19, 1945, and was a graduate of Jesuit High School of New Orleans. He attended Spring Hill College and was an early admission to Louisiana State University Medical School. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, the Greater New Orleans Bonsai Society, and Metairie Country Club, and a former board member with the New Orleans Ballet Association. He was a long time member of the Olympians carnival organization, serving as an active Lieutenant, and for his efforts was honored to rule as King of the Olympians in 2004, its one hundredth year of existence. A physician for more than 52 years, he adored being a doctor and caring for his patients. His patients and his colleagues loved him in return. He absorbed his hobbies just as intensely as his profession. He was an avid watch collector, a Bonsai enthusiast, a passionate traveler, and a horse racing fan known around the Fair Grounds as "Dr. Dan." He was a storyteller with a quick wit and a keen sense of humor, a lover of great food and music, and indeed a lover of life. He was an early morning regular at Morning Call, enjoying coffee and conversation with close friends. Most of all, he will be intensely missed by the family he loved so well. The family would like to thank Dr. Hamid Massiha, Dr. Frank Lau, Neil Romig and staff of Riverbend Therapeutics, and the staff at MedCentris, East Jefferson Hospital, Chateau de Notre Dame, and Our Lady of Wisdom. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. in New Orleans, on Thursday, October 27, 2022 from 5:00PM until 8:00PM. The memorial service and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dan’s memory to Jesuit High School or Trinity Episcopal Church. To view and sign the online guest book, please visit

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