Christopher Crozet “Chris” Duplantier, beloved brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, passed away on May 8, 2020, at the age of 64 of natural causes unrelated to CoViD-19. Chris was the son of the late Crozet J. “Cro” Duplantier and the late Margaret M. “Peggy” Duplantier. Chris is survived by six siblings: Margaret Duplantier (Denis Bandera) of Palm Springs, CA; Elizabeth “Liz” Duplantier of Washington, DC; F. Robert “Bob” Duplantier (Evann) of St. Louis; Crozet J. Duplantier, Jr. (Lois Robinson) of Shreveport; John Edward “Ned” Duplantier (Rory) of Indianapolis; and Dorothy “Dolly” Duplantier (Matt Siegel) of Chicago. Chris is also survived by cherished aunts and an uncle, twenty-two nieces and nephews, thirty-nine first cousins, and a host of other close relatives and friends. His loved ones are grateful for the infectious joy and witty sense of humor that “Chrissee Bee” brought into their lives.
Chris attended the Louise S. Davis School and the Belle Chasse State School and was a member of the Boy Scouts. He later worked at Goodwill Industries, at a T-shirt print shop, as a bagger at Canal Villere, and as a janitor. He participated in the Special Olympics for many years. He loved traveling to visit his siblings across the country. He traveled with his family to see Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, Mexico City, Graceland, Southfork, Lawrence Welk, and Diana Ross.
Chris never met a stranger and he liked nothing better than enjoying a meal or a cup of coffee with friends and family. He was an enthusiastic and excellent dancer who had an encyclopedic knowledge of music and films. Through the kindness of the musicians, Chris played the triangle with Beausoleil and sang with Bruce Daigrepont and “directed” many other bands. Chris loved to tell a joke and though he teased at times, he was diplomatic, intuitive, and deeply caring. When asked by one of his siblings who was his favorite brother or sister, he always said “All of them.”
In 1963, at a time when people with intellectual disabilities were rarely acknowledged publicly, Chris became nationally known after The New Orleans States-Item published a series of articles about him.
The family is grateful to those who have worked toward equity for the intellectually disabled, including some of Chris’s cousins, and thanks all who have so lovingly cared for Chris including family and friends, the late Louise S. Davis the late Mrs. Young, Progressive Health Care (especially Yvette and Shasta), Maison Orleans Nursing Home staff and residents, Touro Hospital, and Curahealth.
Chris was interred at Garden of Memories in Metairie in a small, private service. In memory of Chris, the family suggests donations to ArcGNO, https://arcgno.org/, 925 LABARRE ROAD, METAIRIE, LOUISIANA, 70001 (504) 837-5105, or to a favorite charity.
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