Well-known Lafayette banker, philanthropist dies at 53 - KLFY News 10

Well-known Lafayette banker, philanthropist dies at 53

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The banking and arts communities of Acadiana are in mourning following the death of 53-year-old Jerry Reaux on Sunday evening.

Most recently, Reaux held several executive posts at MidSouth Bank, including COO and vice-chiarman of the board.

"About a year on and off he had some neck problems. They had expanded once he had surgery and he was somewhat limited in the last six months on his ability to get around the way he wanted. His biggest sadness was he missed duck season. Jerry was an avid duck hunter," says Rusty Cloutier, president and CEO of MidSouth Bank.

Before collapsing at his home over the weekend, Reaux was also a patron of the arts in the late 1990s. He was "instrumental" in finding the future home for the Acadiana Center for the Arts, which would eventually occupy the downtown Lafayette headquarters of the bank he was serving as president--LBA Savings Bank.

"He managed his board to let go of the building for a relatively nominal amount of money and based on that we could raise money from the state to build AcA in subsequent years," says Gerd Wuestemann, executive director of the AcA.

Cloutier says he knew the Reaux family for over two decades and sees the Reaux's legacy carrying on with his wife Renee and their three children--Parker, Gracie and Kaitlyn.

"I'm sure his children will follow in his legacy. He has three of the finest children you'd ever meet. I'm sure they will continue to bring on the Reaux legacy, which is a long line in this community. His family name and his family have been here a long time and they've done a lot to build Lafayette," says Cloutier.

Martin & Castille's downtown location is handling funeral arrangements, with visitation Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a rosary at 6 p.m.
 
Visitation will also be held Thursday from 8 a.m. until the 10 a.m. mass of christian burial at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
 
Interment will be in fountain memorial gardens cemetery.

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