OBITUARY

Wilridge P. Doucet

July 6, 1935October 26, 2018
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After drinking coffee with his baby sister on Friday, October 26, 2018, Wilridge Doucet played his last down in a local hospital with his family by his bedside. Wilridge was born on July 6, 1935, in Mowata, LA to Paulus and Mamie Doucet. He and his family moved to Westlake in 1948. Wilridge quickly fell in love with Westlake and lived there until his death. He was a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church and served as Chairman of Ushers and was active in the Knights of Columbus.

From an early age, Wilridge loved football. He decided as an eighth grader that he could play that game as well as the "big boys." So he tried out and made the Rams team and was a member of the 1953 state championship team. He also played in the LCHSA All-Star game and earned All-State and All-American honors. After graduating from high school, he went on to play on the McNeese team all four years on a full athletic scholarship. He continued to support the McNeese football team as a member of the McNeese Cowboy Club. He earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from McNeese. He taught history and civics and coached football, basketball, and track. All of his life, he could retell stories of his experiences in the classroom and on the football field. With an ROTC commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, he served 6 months on active duty and then joined the Louisiana National Guard and later Army Reserve and served 22 years until his retirement as Lieutenant Colonel.

As a history teacher, his interest turned to politics. He served as an Alderman for the Town of Westlake and later as Mayor from 1974-1982. After retirement, he served as School Board Representative for 12 years. With all of this, he still found time to serve as Manager of the Cal-Cam Fair for several years and later as a board member. He was a member of the Westlake Armed Forces Commission and was looking forward to completion of the Veteran's Park. He also was a long-time member of the NRA and had a 43-year perfect attendance record in the Westlake Rotary Club.

Wilridge is survived by his wife, Helen, and 6 daughters, Diana Doucet of Lake Charles, Tammie Doucet of Westlake, Paula Hooper of Sulphur, Marla Thibodeaux (Jamie) of Moss Bluff, Tammy Gardner of S. Jordan, UT, and Ann Pennington (Al) of Lancaster, TX. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, a sister, Nelda McManus of Westlake, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Dawson Doucet, his parents, a sister, Versie Wilkins, and 2 brothers, Houston and George Doucet.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Westlake, LA. Rev. Michael Barras will officiate. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery in Westlake. Visitation will be held from 5-9 p.m. Monday with a Rosary at 6 p.m., and visitation will resume at 9 a.m. until service time on Tuesday all at the church. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hixsonwestlake.com for the Doucet family.

  • FAMILY

  • Wilridge is survived by his wife, Helen, and 6 daughters, Diana Doucet of Lake Charles, Tammie Doucet of Westlake, Paula Hooper of Sulphur, Marla Thibodeaux (Jamie) of Moss Bluff, Tammy Gardner of S. Jordan, UT, and Ann Pennington (Al) of Lancaster, TX. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, a sister, Nelda McManus of Westlake, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

    He was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Dawson Doucet, his parents, a sister, Versie Wilkins, and 2 brothers, Houston and George Doucet.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, October 29, 2018
  • Visitation Resumes Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, October 30, 2018
REMEMBERING

Wilridge P. Doucet

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LaDonna Pousson

November 3, 2018

So sorry to hear of Wilridge’s passing. He was a good friend.He and Shirley helped me start my dancing school in Westlake. Such good positive fun people. Love and hugs to Diana, Tammie, Paula, Marla, Nelda, Helen and family. Praying for peace and comfort.🙏

Robert Farrow

October 31, 2018

Coach Doucet....You and Core and Benham saved my life and put me on a succesful path. I have never forgotten my line coach and civics teacher. Thank you sir. You will live on with me forever.

Willard Booty

October 29, 2018

Thank you for the memories we shared as we taught together over the years in Westlake. Our condolences are with Helen and family members.

With love,
Willard and Beverly Booty

Roxann Buller

October 29, 2018

Coach Doucet was my seventh grade homeroom teacher. He made a great impact on my life back then and I have admired him through all these many years. I enjoyed seeing him and saying hello each Sunday at church. He was a great man and will be missed! Helen and girls, I am deeply sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. Roxann Miller Buller

Christopher Wilrye

October 29, 2018

The Westlake Police Department would like to thank Mayor Doucet for all his hard work and dedication to the City of Westlake and it’s Police Department. What a great Legacy you have left with us all.

Christopher Wilrye
Chief of Police

Patrick Hebert

October 29, 2018

Coach was my High School Civics teacher. What I admired most about him was that he practiced what he taught and lived his Civics lessons: he was the embodiment of community involvement. As a personal aside, he was my neighbor on Jones St and on several occasions he showed great “courage” by letting me babysit his beautiful girls! God speed, Coach, Rest In Peace....

Loretta & A.J. LeBato

October 29, 2018

Mr. Doucet will be missed. May his soul rest in peace. May God Bless his soul. Remember the good times.

J. H. Martin

October 29, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with Helen and the Doucet family. Wilridge will be missed by many, especially in the La Fair and Festival community. The upcoming LAFF convention will not be the same without Wilridge participating.
I am sorry we will not be able to attend the funeral. But we will be there in spirit.

J. H. and Pat Martin
Past President of LAFF Chairman Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation

Priscilla (White) Doucet

October 28, 2018

I moved to Westlake in 1960 when I was in the 7th grade. Coach Doucet was my first teacher.. So sorry for the loss of your loved one.

Susan Willie

October 28, 2018

Coach Doucet was an awesome friend to my dad and mom. He came to their 50th anniversary and that meant so very much (Jane and Talmadge Core). I have the best memories of all the football games, card games and just enjoying family time together. He was a remarkable man. Prayers for all his family.

Biography

After drinking coffee with his baby sister on Friday, October 26, 2018, Wilridge Doucet played his last down in a local hospital with his family by his bedside. Wilridge was born on July 6, 1935, in Mowata, LA to Paulus and Mamie Doucet. He and his family moved to Westlake in 1948. Wilridge quickly fell in love with Westlake and lived there until his death. He was a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church and served as Chairman of Ushers and was active in the Knights of Columbus.

From an early age, Wilridge loved football. He decided as an eighth grader that he could play that game as well as the "big boys." So he tried out and made the Rams team and was a member of the 1953 state championship team. He also played in the LCHSA All-Star game and earned All-State and All-American honors. After graduating from high school, he went on to play on the McNeese team all four years on a full athletic scholarship. He continued to support the McNeese football team as a member of the McNeese Cowboy Club. He earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from McNeese. He taught history and civics and coached football, basketball, and track. All of his life, he could retell stories of his experiences in the classroom and on the football field. With an ROTC commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, he served 6 months on active duty and then joined the Louisiana National Guard and later Army Reserve and served 22 years until his retirement as Lieutenant Colonel.

As a history teacher, his interest turned to politics. He served as an Alderman for the Town of Westlake
and later as Mayor from 1974-1982. After retirement, he served as School Board Representative for 12 years. With all of this, he still found time to serve as Manager of the Cal-Cam Fair for several years and later as a board member. He was a member of the Westlake Armed Forces Commission and was looking forward to completion of the Veteran's Park. He also was a long-time member of the NRA and had a 43-year perfect attendance record in the Westlake Rotary Club.

Wilridge is survived by his wife, Helen, and 6 daughters, Diana Doucet of Lake Charles, Tammie Doucet of Westlake, Paula Hooper of Sulphur, Marla Thibodeaux (Jamie) of Moss Bluff, Tammy Gardner of S. Jordan, UT, and Ann Pennington (Al) of Lancaster, TX. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, a sister, Nelda McManus of Westlake, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Dawson Doucet, his parents, a sister, Versie Wilkins, and 2 brothers, Houston and George Doucet.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Westlake, LA. Rev. Michael Barras will officiate. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery in Westlake. Visitation will be held from 5-9 p.m. Monday with a Rosary at 6 p.m., and visitation will resume at 9 a.m. until service time on Tuesday all at the church.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hixsonwestlake.com for the Doucet family.