Don �Coach� Hecker, age 82, died on June 27, 2015.
Don was a resident of Terrytown, LA.
Don graduated from Holy Cross High School, Class of 1951 where he played baseball. He played baseball during his years at Tulane University before enlisting in the U.S. Army. After his military service, he attended and played baseball at Southeastern La. University where he graduated in 1960 with his BA in Education. He went on to earn his M.Ed. at Loyola University. He began his career with the Jefferson Parish School Board at West Jefferson High School. Along with teaching Physical Education, he was head coach for the baseball team, assistant basketball coach and football defensive team coach. He moved on to serve as Assistant Principal at Livaudais Middle School. He later moved to Central Office as a visiting teacher before his retirement. A thoroughbred trainer for many years, Hecker trained such notable horses as Highwayman and Bonapaw.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Eva Guillot Dufrene Hecker, brother Jack and his children Randall Hecker (Pam), Chris Hecker, Rickie Dufrene (Vickie), Randy Dufrene (Sandra) and Donna Thibodeaux (Barry), eight grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.
We would like to thank the caregivers at Passages Hospice for their thoughtful and compassionate care during his time of need.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend visitation at St. Cletus Catholic Church, 3600 Claire Avenue, Gretna, LA on Tuesday June 30, 2015 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. A Funeral Mass will follow. Interment Westlawn Memorial Park.
MOTHE FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.