Joseph Guy Thibodaux, Jr.

November 27, 1921April 26, 2016

Joseph Guy Thibodaux, Jr., loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on April 26, 2016 in Houston, TX. Guy was born in Verett Parish, Louisiana on November 27, 1921 to Joseph Guy Thibodaux and Leone Falterman Thibodaux. He is survived by his sister, Joan Jones; his loving wife of 66 years, Mary Jo Goliwas Thibodaux; children Joseph Guy Thibodaux III, Patrick Dean Thibodaux and wife Bonnie Ulrich Thibodaux, and Christopher Jay Thibodaux; his grandchildren Jeremiah Friedenbach, Joshua Friedenbach, Jaime Slack, Amber Obermoeller, Jacqueline Thibodaux, and Jocelyn Thibodaux Slater; his great-grandchildren Christen Gerber, Michael Gerber, River Scott, Brage Slack, Cohen Slack, and Tristan De Luna; and his great-great-grandchild Easton McKaughan. He was preceded in death by his children John Thibodaux, Amy Jeannine Thibodaux and Timothy Thibodaux and his granddaughter, Jace Renee Benefield. Guy attended grade school in New Orleans, Louisiana and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1942. During his time at LSU, he was a cadet in the Army ROTC. Upon graduation, Guy served as an Officer in the Army Corps of Engineers and was stationed in Burma during World War II where he played an instrumental role in the construction of the Ledo and Burma Roads. Following his return home from the war, Guy began his extraordinary professional career in 1946 as an Aeronautical Research Scientist in the Pilotless Aircraft Research Division for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronauticals in Newport News, Virginia. In 1964, Guy and his family moved to Houston, TX where he assumed the role of Chief of the Propulsion and Power Division at the Johnson Space Center until his retirement in 1980. Guy holds five patents on solid rockets and solid rocket manufacturing techniques. He has specialized in the fields of vehicle propulsion, liquid rockets, thermal protection, high temperature materials, meteoroid and impact phenomena, thermal arc technology, flight test technology and pyrotechnics. Guy received many accolades, including the James H. Wylde Award for Propulsion, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and his induction into the LSU Engineering Hall of Distinction in 2005. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family on Saturday, May 21st at 2:00 PM at the Forest Park East Funeral Home in Webster, TX. In lieu of floral arrangements or other remembrances, the family request donations go to the newly created LSU Foundation for the Joseph Guy Thibodaux Memorial Fund. Make checks payable to LSU Foundation noting Joseph Guy Thibodaux Memorial Fund and remit to LSU Foundation 3838 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. Online donations accepted at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 21, 2016

Joseph Guy Thibodaux, Jr.

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Douglas Yazell

June 9, 2016

Guy helped us in the NASA/JSC community. I have been volunteering with an engineering society here since about 1999. Guy stayed involved and his member grade was upgraded to Fellow in this national organization (AIAA). Guy was Chair of AiAA Houston Section for 1969-1970. The Section started in 1962. Thanks to NASAWatch for informing me about this sad news. Guy will be missed and never forgotten.

"Bobby" Mitchell

May 21, 2016

Guy was a great friend when I represented TRW and the variable thrust rocket engine for the LEM. He made me feel a real part of the Apollo team. A great guy.

Pamela Falterman Day

May 14, 2016

I am so proud be Guy's cousin. My dad, Guy's uncle, was just a few months older than he was and referred to him as "JG" until he died 8 years ago. They played together as little boys. I know from experience no amount of time with your loved one is long enough. You have my deepest condolences.

Willie Lively

May 14, 2016

I am sorry to hear of Guy's passing. I enjoyed getting to meet and visit with him and his family some years ago. Among all his achievements and skills listed ,I must add one, he was a great candy maker! My heart felt condolences to the family. Love you folks!

Debby Leslie

May 12, 2016

Guy was a big part of so many people's lives, including all of my kids. He was at all their swim meets and treated them as if they were family. He was a great man with a kind and giving heart. My family was truly blessed to have known and loved him.

May 12, 2016

Uncle Guy will be missed. He was our Professional photographer. I still have my wedding slides they were better than the Photographer pictures I paid for.
Hope he is playing cards with everyone in heaven!!!!

Joan Baker

May 10, 2016

Bonnie & family, I am so sorry for your loss...may your memories be of love.

Kurt Peters

May 10, 2016

My condolences to you all I consider my self lucky to have known such a man he was to me the Guy down the street very humble and caring. He will be missed, God speed Guy Thibodaux Jr.

Pat Hallisey

May 10, 2016

Mr and Mrs Thibodaux were swimming and diving legends since the beginning of the clear creek swim league in1963-65. V Mr T was the rocket man at nasa. He will be missed and love to Mary jo guy jr dean and Chris. May he be in Gods grace and may he give you strength at this time. I sure enjoyed the visit last week!!

VIcky Bialas

May 10, 2016

I'm so sorry to hear this. My sincere condolences to your family, and especially to Mary Jo, with whom I talked at the swim reunion in Houston in 2010. My heart goes out to you all. Sending love.