Elvin Joseph Dantin, Jr. of Metairie, Louisiana passed away peacefully on Thursday January 2, 2020 at the age of 71. He was born on March 21, 1948 in Golden Meadow, Louisiana. He graduated from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1966. He received the degree of Bachelor of Science from the Department of Engineering from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1971 where he had been selected as an outstanding College Athlete of America for 1971. He worked as a Civil Engineer for Contech Construction Products until 2007.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elvin J. Dantin, Sr., P.E. Ph.D. and Ruth Rebstock Dantin and his step-son Wade Verges, Jr.
He is survived by his loving wife, Joan Manzella Dantin of 20 years; his children, Derek J. Dantin and Wife Kristin, Damon R. Dantin, Dirk M. Dantin and wife Tisbee; his step-children, Christian Verges, Sr. and Christy Peachey; grandchildren Carter and Reese Dantin, Maddux and Britton Dantin; step-grandchildren Christian, Brandon, Kyle and Cristin Verges, Savannah, Charlotte and Timothy Peachey; his brothers Chris Dantin (Cleme), Mark Dantin (Linda), Keith Dantin (Debbie), his sister, Ruth Elizabeth Donner (Tom) and many nephews and nieces.
Elvin was a devout member of St. Benilde Catholic Church where he was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society; he was an adora at the Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel and a member of the St. Benilde Contemporary Choir for many years. He attended Manresa Retreats since high school until he became ill.
Elvin’s greatest joy was being with his family and praying the rosary and the Divine Chaplet.
Many grateful thanks are owed to Phalon Cornist for taking great care of Elvin and becoming his best friend.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Greenwood Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd, New Orleans, on Monday, January 20, 2020, starting at 9:30 AM, Rosary at 10:45 AM, followed by a Catholic Funeral Mass in the Chapel at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Benilde Church, 1901 Division Street, Metairie, LA 70001 or EWTN Catholic Network, 5817 Old Leeds Rd., Irondale, Al 35210.
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