Douglas B. Eckert

September 16, 1962June 10, 2019

Douglas B. Eckert, 56, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019, surrounded by loved ones. A New Orleans Native, Doug called Mandeville, LA, home for many years. He will be greatly missed by family, friends, and his brothers and sisters in blue. A 22 year veteran with the New Orleans Police Department, Doug joined the NOPD as a recruit in 1997, graduating in 1998 as an officer. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2002, followed by a promotion to lieutenant in 2012. In 2014, Doug was promoted to the rank of commander. He served as the commander of the Second District prior to his retirement. Before commanding the Second District, he served as the commander of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division – which includes the Homicide, Special Victims, Property Crimes and Juvenile sections – and the Crime Lab & Evidence Division. Even in his final days with the department, Doug’s passion and dedication for the job were on full display. He is someone who defied the odds, again and again, and was known for his unwavering loyalty to his fellow officers and to the City of New Orleans. Doug was preceded in death by his brother, David Eckert. He is survived by his mother, Geraldine Landry; wife, Rhonda Bonadona Eckert; son, Ryan Moragas; daughter, Kylan Eckert; brothers, Donald Eckert and Darryl Eckert. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans. A funeral Mass will take place on Friday, June 14, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 312 Lafitte St., Mandeville. Graveside services are private.


  • He was preceded in death by his brother, David Eckert.

    He is survived by his mother, Geraldine Landry; wife, Rhonda Bonadona Eckert; son, Ryan Moragas; daughter, Kylan Eckert; brothers, Donald Eckert and Darryl Eckert.


  • Visitation Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, June 14, 2019


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Herb Sayas

June 16, 2019

To the family of Commander Douglas Eckert
From Herb Sayas

I am a member of a police support group for the 2nd District. So for many years I have been able to meet officers and ranking officers of the 2nd District and other officers of the NOPD. I have great respect for the men and women of the department.

I met Commander Eckert at a meeting of the support group, COPS 2 for the meeting he was able to attend after he was named Commander. It was a brief meeting. When our next meeting came to be, we were informed that he had passed away. We were told of the visitation and the final salute in front of the police station. I attended both of these events.

I am a member of the Jesuit Church on Baronne Street. So this morning I consulted with Fr. Anthony McGinn, S.J. and there will be a mass in memory of Commander Eckert on 2 July 2019 at 7:30 AM.

I offer my sympathy to all of the family.
Herb Sayas


June 15, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I grew up in Lakeview and played baseball with David in our younger years. I crossed paths with Doug during my service on the board of directors of Crimestoppers, of which he was a great supporter. Everyone - police, retired NOPD, civilians – with whom I came into contact had nothing but great things to say about Doug. The world was made a better place by his life on earth. May we all find comfort from his loss in the love of the Lord, family and friends. I pray that Doug rests in peace in the arms of God, the Father Almighty!

Evan Riley

June 14, 2019

Mr. Doug will be missed by all of us at Pelican Park Dental Care.

Dr. Riley and Kelly will miss hearing his amazing stories about life, and his amazing family!

His smile was the brightest and contagious!

Dr. Riley and team

Sue Singer

June 13, 2019

Dearest Family of “ Mr.Doug”
I first met Doug in the early 80’s at Canal Bell Grocery. When my son was born and then talking it became Mr Doug..... a person so kind and genuine.
We watched Doug progress through the NOPD, remained proud of his many accomplishments.
May your bitter tears soon turn to sweet memories.
Thinking of you, Sue and Harold Singer

Barbara Lyons

June 13, 2019

I knew Doug Eckert when he was the Sergeant for the Lakeview area. He was so kind, so professional, so willing to give his time and as much information he could share. I would see him in the area shops chatting with people and always with a smile. He was such an excellent man and representative of New Orleans finest. He will be missed.

Dwight Doskey

June 13, 2019

Doug was a great friend, both in the early 90s when I saw him daily on Canal Boulevard, and after he joined NOPD. Though I am a public defender, he never saw me as the "opposition", but always lent a helping hand and advice when I did not know where to turn, either personally or professionally. Both the city and I will miss him.

Ann Dwyer

June 13, 2019

Doug was such an amazing husband, father, son, officer and friend. His love for his family, his city and his garden were unwavering. He will be greatly missed by me and Chuck among so many others. Rhonda, Kylan and Ryan, we continue to hold you in our prayers. Heaven has just gained a new angel. May he live forever in your hearts. RIP, Doug.

Anita Catalanotto

June 13, 2019

We have known Doug since he worked at Canal Bell and then as a police officer. He was always so kind and friendly. May he rest in peace in the arms of our good and loving God. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rhonda, their children and his mom, brothers and his friends in blue.

Wally Johnson

June 12, 2019

Ms. Gerri, this is Wally. I am stunned that the young kid I used to play with has passed. Doug, as I can remember, was more of a skinny, serious, business like kid. You have lived passed David, Doug, Edgar, Mr. Ecker, Mrs. Rebbus, and countless others. My heart bleeds for you since I saw my father grieve for the people he knew. He was alone. Fortunately, Darryl has stayed by your side and that is so valuable. I did that with my mom. Nothing a parent can wish for is greater than what you have.
Love Wally

Tammy Sutton

June 12, 2019

George and I will always remember the great times we shared with Doug and Rhonda. We are so sorry to hear about our friend, and may he now Rest In Peace. Rhonda we will keep you, Kylan, and Ryan and the rest of the family in our prayers.