David Philip Dumestre passed away on the morning of Thursday, August 15, 2019. Dave was born on February 7, 1940 to the late Emile and Justine Burns Dumestre. Raised in New Orleans, Dave attended Lusher Elementary, McMain Junior High School and Fortier High School where he was active in varsity sports. As a youngster, Dave was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Sea Scout. On a football scholarship, he completed his undergraduate degree at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and remained a true cowboy fan for many years thereafter. Dave married his high school sweetheart, Charlotte Conn Dumestre, 54 years ago in September of 1964. He received his Master of Education degree from Loyola University and retired from the Jefferson Parish School System after many years as a teacher, coach, disciplinarian, administrator and ultimately the school system’s Director of Athletics. Early in his career, Dave worked as a leader and youth program director for the YMCA. He was a proud member of the United States Marine Corps and throughout his life remained very active in many social and professional organizations including the Marine Corps League, the BAT Club, the Good Ole Metairie Boys, the Warren Easton Lunch Group, Troop 22 and was an honorary member of the SLU alumni chapter of Sig Tau. Dave cherished time spent in Pass Christian, Mississippi, fishing with his grandchildren and dear friends, the Hoffmans, and enjoyed hunting trips with his friend and college roommate Barney Bridges. Dave never met a stranger, had a wonderful sense of humor, was a gifted story-teller and had an innate ability to make people laugh. Dave is survived by his wife Charlotte Conn Dumestre, daughter Suzette Dumestre Crocker (Donnie), beloved grandchildren Emily Justine Crocker and Evan Michael Crocker, sisters-in-law Sandra Conn, Deborah Conn (Ken Caliva) and Sandy Dumestre, niece Julie Dumestre Jacobsen (Andy), nephews Jeffrey Dumestre and Michael Dumestre, and great-nieces Sarah Jacobsen and Leah Jacobsen. He was preceded in death by his parents Emile and Justine Dumestre, brother Dan Dumestre and his son David Allan Dumestre. Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation at Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Drive, Metairie, on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., followed by a service in the chapel. Interment at Garden of Memories Cemetery will immediately follow the service. Charlotte would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the friends, family and caregivers who supported Dave during the recent months. Thank you for visiting, for reliving so many wonderful stories and for sharing a laugh when it was needed. Special thanks to Jack Boudreaux for always being there for the family and for the life-long friendship with Dave.
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