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Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA

OBITUARY

John David (J.D.) Demarest

January 4, 1950August 4, 2019
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John David (J.D.) Demarest, age 69, beloved husband of Marguerite (Peggy) Villere Demarest, died peacefully on Sunday, August 4, 2019, after many years of living with Alzheimer’s disease. He was a native of New Orleans with an unwavering love for his city, Mardi Gras and the Saints. J.D. attended St. Francis Xavier Elementary School in Metairie where his classmates and neighbors became life-long friends. He graduated from Jesuit High School and Loyola University. After a number of years in public accounting as a CPA, he became chief financial officer of Production Management and then Southern Holdings and the Woodvine Group. J.D. was a tireless volunteer in numerous civic and religious organizations, serving as president of the West Bank Chamber of Commerce, the Fontainebleau Improvement Association, the Board of Trustees of St. George’s Episcopal School, and the parish council of St. Thomas More Catholic Center at Tulane University. After retirement, he volunteered at Ochsner Medical Center and Second Harvest Food Bank. He was a wonderful father to his children: Elizabeth Shortino (Mike), John David Demarest, Jr. (Virginia), and Marguerite “Mimi” Sandow (Tyler); and grandfather to his grandchildren: Jack, Alex and Julia Shortino, and Luke and James Sandow. He was predeceased by his parents, Albert Aloysius and Katherine Quealy Demarest; his brother and sister-in-law, J. Paul and Joan Demarest; sister-in-law, Carter Demarest; his nephew, Paul G. Demarest; and his step-brother Jack Demarest. He is survived by his brothers Albert Demarest, Jr. (Mary), Ken Demarest (Angela), and step-sister-in-law Janice Demarest. He is also survived by brother-in-law Andre Villere, Jr. (Toots) and sister-in-law Mickie Villere Gomila (John) and many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. J.D. never met a stranger, never paid retail, howled at all of his own jokes, and was dearly loved by everyone who came to know him. A Mass celebrating his life will take place on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 12 noon at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. in New Orleans. Visitation will begin at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Foundation or a charity of your choice. To view and sign the guest book, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com

  • DONATIONS

  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Alzheimer's Foundation

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, August 10, 2019
  • Memorial Mass Saturday, August 10, 2019

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Candy Ulmer (Kirby) Cranch

August 7, 2019

Dear Peggy, I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of your precious husband, J.D. Although you do not know me and I did not know J.D. , I worked with Al Demarest many years ago and taught Art with Mary for several years and went to grad school with Mary. I am so sorry for your loss and the loss of your sister too in recent days. Sending you Love and Prayers. Sincerely, Candy Ulmer (Kirby) Cranch

augustine foley

August 6, 2019

Dear Peggy and family,

I will offer Mass for John and for you all here at the abbey! You are in my prayers.

Love, Chip Foley

Grieg de la Houssaye

August 6, 2019

John david was one of the best friends anyone could desire. He was a delight. From the card games on Hector Ave to Short Street, he was always enthusiastic! His playful ways were always present. Not to mention he was always ready to accept our "ribbing"--especially our jail time in De Funiac, Florida where JD took the wrap for our bringing 36 six packs of Dixie beer to our vacation.
He loved to play golf and was so determined and enthusiastic. Then he quit drinking - wow - was he the only sane one of us?
So many mysteries of how life unfolds so differently for each of us.
He will be missed and also remembered for all he contributed.

Terri Virga

August 5, 2019

I met JD when he started volunteering at Ochsner. Over the three or so years that he volunteered in my department we became friends. He was the nicest and most thoughtful person whom I enjoyed talking with every day. I think of him often and miss him very much. My love to his family, especially Peggy. JD will always have a special place in my heart. Prayers that you all find peace and comfort at this time.

Guy Poché

August 5, 2019

On behalf of the staff at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home and Cemeteries, please accept our condolences for your loss.

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