OBITUARY

Melvin Adrian DeJean, Jr.

October 28, 1941March 25, 2020

Melvin Adrian DeJean, Jr. was carried by the angels to his heavenly home on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 after losing his battle with cancer. Mel was a lifelong resident of Norco, Louisiana. Mel is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carolyn Weber DeJean, his daughter, Chantel Inez DeJean and her sons, Aaron, Zephan, and Ethan Cohen, his son Bret Michael DeJean and daughter-in-law, Dana Lowry DeJean, and their children, Taylor and Connor DeJean. He is also survived by Manon’s children, Ayden DeJean and Camryn Guerin. In addition, he is survived by his sister, Patricia DeJean Costa and his brother, Dennis DeJean and his wife, Martin DeJean. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Jan Mauduit (Dale), Sil Chauvin, Stephanie Patick and Michele Florence (Barry) as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Manon Angelle DeJean, his parents, Melvin and Inez Simon DeJean and his in-laws, Augustin “Git” and Rita Becnel Weber. Mel was a lifelong educator. He graduated from St. Charles Borromeo High School in Destrehan, LA. He received his BA Degree in Education from Southeastern LA. University in Hammond, La. where he was a member of the KDT fraternity. He then received his Master’s Degree in Education from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. Mr. DeJean was a principal, teacher, and coach at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Norco, LA for 25 years. Mel served on the St. Charles Parish School Board for 8 years. He then went on to teach World History at Destrehan High School in Destrehan, La for 14 years before retiring in 2004. He was known as “Mel” to his friends and family, “Dad” to his children, “Poppi” to his grandchildren, and “Sluggo” to his many cousins. Mel was a member of the Bonnet Carre Rod and Gun Club (LaBranche) and “The DPC”, where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, crabbing, and hanging out with friends. He enjoyed grilling, family and school events, and outdoor activities in his retirement years. The family wishes to thank the amazing doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers at Ochsner Medical Center for their outstanding care of Mel during this sorrowful time. In lieu of flowers, Masses or donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital requested. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 401 Spruce St. Norco, LA, at 11:30 AM; visitation will begin at 9AM. Inurnment will follow Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Mausoleum, 13396 River Rd. Destrehan, LA. The family asks that all who attend the services please wear a mask and maintain social distancing. To share a memory with the family please visit www.HCAlexander.com.

Services

24 October

Memorial Visitation

9:00 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

401 Spruce St
Norco, Louisiana 70079

24 October

Memorial Mass

11:30 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

401 Spruce St
Norco, Louisiana 70079

Inurnment to follow at St. Charles Borromeo Mausoleum in Destrehan, LA.

Memories

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Charles P Jackson Jr

October 22, 2020

What a Beautiful and Awesome Man Mr Dejean was my Football Coach SHS I learned so much from the Man He taught me respect discipline and faith I will always cherish the moments that I had with Mr Dejean He Truly was a CLASS ACT PRAYERS FOR HIM AND FAMILY 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼❤️

William Plasse

October 19, 2020

When I started teaching at Destrehan, he was one of the teachers who welcomed me. He always had a kind word and smile ready, and I’m glad to have been his colleague.

CHRIS ROUSSEL

April 11, 2020

I went to Sacred Heart and got his paddle a few times. he taught us many life lessons and very thankful that I had a chance to know him. My prayers are with the family

Dan Poche

April 8, 2020

Mr. DeJean taught me, coached me in football, basketball and baseball (who does THAT anymore?), and taught me a valuable lesson about the friends you choose when I was at SHS in the early 70s. While I fell out of touch with him when I moved out of state for my career, when I saw him in 2007, he was the same Coach DeJean I remembered. Sincere condolences to his family.

Lisa Sikes Zeringue

April 2, 2020

Was so saddened to read about Mr. DeJean’s passing. He was my most favorite teacher at SHS. He made dissecting a frog actually fun! I still have such fond memories of Christmas caroling at their front door with my SHS friends. He was a great man and such an inspiration to all who had the honor of knowing him. Sincere condolences to the entire DeJean family. My thoughts and prayers are with y’all at this time.

Marguerite Weber

April 2, 2020

Mr. DeJean, was such a kind-hearted individual. He, didn’t look 👀 at people and say, “I’m only going to talk to you, if, you have money and went to a certain school.” Not at all! In fact, he talked to everyone as an individual and always, had that beautiful smile 😃 on his face. He, loved ❤️ people and people loved ❤️ him back. We’re glad to have our fond memories of such a person, with a BIG heart.💜 He, made Norco proud, as one of its citizens. And, scriptures, from the Bible bring us comfort, like the book of Psalms, in a time as this. One scripture that comes to mind is Psalm 23:4, which says: “Yes, though I walk through the valley of death, I, will fear no evil; For you are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” I’m sending my love 😍 and sympathy, to the family.

Glenda LeBoyd

April 1, 2020

Sorry for your loss.Keep the memories in your heart for your love one. God Bless you.I worked with Melvin at Destrehan High School.

Dale Dufresne

April 1, 2020

Mel was special. To me he was. My football and basketball. Coach at sacred heart. School. From 1975 to 1977 he was a tough great smart. Discipline. Coach and knew. His. Football. He was a great football. Coach to me and learn so much. From him as a coach. He was. Very smart. And I know. I will miss. Him as a coach and a resident. Of Norco for so. Many years. He was the best. Coach ever. At sacred. Heart in all sports. We all. Will. Miss. Him. Thanks. Mr dejean. For teaching. Is how to grow. In life to. You were really. Special. I love you and the whole. Community. Of Norco that knew him. Will. Miss. Him. Love. You sincerely. Dale. Dufresne.

Monica Ingram

April 1, 2020

Praying for the DeJean Family. Mr. DeJean was our Principal at Sacred Heart. He was very caring and truly had an interest in the children. His kindness will never be forgotten.

Jewel "Spuddy" Millet

April 1, 2020

There are always heartaches when there is news of a passing, but when I saw this post...I really got choked up. This MAN was one of the greatest influences in my life....even now. He was a great example of a teacher, a coach, a husband, a leader and a statute of a man to me at a very influential time in my grade school life. My deep, deep heartfelt condolences to his family. I loved this man, and how he shaped my whole focus towards life. SALUTE to this symbol of a MAN.

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