Jesse Willard Simon

September 28, 1941 — June 23, 2011

Jesse Willard Simon, 69, a native of Kaplan and a resident of Patterson, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 8:06 a.m. at Baton Rouge General Hospital.

The family requests that visitation be observed Sunday, June 26, 2011, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Ibert’s Mortuary in Patterson, with a rosary being prayed at 6 p.m. Visitation will resume Monday, June 27, 2011, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Patterson.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, June 27, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Patterson with Father Donovan Labbé officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Acting as pallbearers will be Lyle Brocato, Rodney Houston, Samuel Houston, Kevin Simon, Kade Simon, Kaleb Simon, Kole Simon and Lawrence Welch III.

Acting as honorary pallbearers will be Jessie Michel and Rick Matte.

After serving as a Marine, Jesse received his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Nicholls State University. He retired from Marathon Oil in 1999 and spent his retirement years as a beloved school bus driver for St. Mary Parish Schools. He was a member of the American Legion and the KCs in Patterson.

Jesse had many interests, which included league bowling, being an avid sports fan and spending time with his wife. Jesse will be remembered by many for the countless years of coaching softball and baseball in the community. His love for his family was like no other and we were so very blessed to have him in our lives.

Jesse is survived by his wife of 22½ years, Brenda Thomas Simon of Patterson; his three daughters, Monique Simon Houston and her husband Rodney of Broussard, Angelena Swords Brocato and her husband Lyle of Patterson, and Calyn Lee Swords, also of Patterson; his son, Kevin Paul Simon of Patterson; a sister, Brenda A. Simon of Baton Rouge; a sister-in-law, Pat Neal; four grandsons, Kade Simon, Kaleb Simon, Kole Simon and Samuel Houston; one granddaughter, Lauren Houston; and one expected grandchild, Baby Boy Brocato.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Aubrey and Lula Hebert Simon; a sister, Earline Simon Vail; a granddaughter, Katie Rose Simon; and a nephew, Milton Joe Vail Jr.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert’s Mortuary Inc. of Patterson, Louisiana 70392

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