On Friday, October 16, Stephen Martin Lacour of Mansura died peacefully in his home. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11:00am at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Mansura. Entombment will follow at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Cemetery in Mansura. A reception will follow at the family home in the Petite Cote. Visitors are asked to wear a mask, practice social distancing and stagger visitation throughout the day.
Stephen Lacour, aged 80 slipped the earthly bonds of life exactly as his wished; at home, at peace, with family, knowing that he was loved.
Our community and our family honor the life of a man of grace and integrity. He was a devoted son who built his home next to his parents and shared morning coffee with his mother until the day she died. He was a loyal brother to his sister Elda Anne Marcotte who preceded him in death. He was the true love and devoted husband of his wife, Dianne Rachal Lacour, who preceded him in death in 2005. There is not a man on earth who loved a woman more honestly, fully and truly than Stephen loved Dianne.
A father of strength and quiet dignity he taught his children the meaning of kindness, tolerance, forgiveness and family, not by lecture, but by deed and example. His love was unconditional and without bounds. His values were beyond his time because his heart was open and his mind curious. Love was the value he passed on to his five children, Mark Lacour of Youngsville, Michelle Lacour Balen of Lafayette, Monique Lacour of Clearlake, Texas, Nicole LaCour of Mansura and Michael Lacour of Breaux Bridge. He was a grandfather to ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was a humble Navy veteran who served in Operation Hardtack in the Pacific Bikini Islands and was always ready with funny stories about his time in service.
He was the rarest of Christians who was not only a devoted Catholic and member of the Knights of Columbus for several decades, and a Eucharistic Minister, but who also followed the core, true teachings of Jesus Christ with his every word and deed. He chose love before hate, kindness before cruelty, acceptance before division, and followed the golden rule, to do onto others what you would have done to you, tempered with forgiveness and compassion.
The son of a self-sustaining farmer, he worked harder in a day than most people do in a month. He often woke before sunrise to tend to his crops, put in long days of manual labor at Cleco, only to return to the field until long after sundown. On weekends he took care of his farm and herd, building and fixing things every day.
He was a man with a dry wit and easy laugh, who loved life. He danced with his wife in the kitchen, reveled in endless barbecues, pig roasts and crawfish boils. The home he built was continuously filled with laughter and joy.
Stephen Lacour was a French-Cajun cowboy, a linesman, a farmer and a man of great character. His quiet dignity and boundless generosity left a mark on his community and his family.
Escude Funeral Home of Mansura, 6608 Porterie St. Mansura, LA 71350 (318-964-2324) has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Flowers can be send to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 1879 L'Eglise St, Mansura, LA 71350.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.escudefuneralhome.com.