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Donald Jonas (Don) Fruge

March 24, 1951 ~ September 21, 2022 (age 71)

Obituary

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 on Saturday September 24, 2022 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Eunice for Donald Jonas Fruge, 71, who passed away on September 21, 2022 . Burial will follow in the St. Thomas More Cemetery with Father Hampton Davis, Celebrant and Deacon Gary Gaudin assisting. 

     Visitation at Ardoin’s Funeral Home will be held Friday September 23rd beginning 4pm until 9:00 pm and again on Saturday, September 24th from 7:00 am until time of services. A rosary will be prayed by David Guillory at 6pm on Friday.

     Donald “Don” Fruge passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, September 21st at the age of 71.  After a long and courageous battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis, he will always be remembered for his zest for life.

     Donald was born on March 24, 1951 in Eunice, Louisiana, where he attended high school, graduating in 1969. He began his career as a Police Officer with Eunice Police Department for 4 years. He was then employed with Haliburton as a Plant Operator for the next fifteen years. When the oil & gas industry went south in 1990, he started a new career as Warehouse Manager with Flexcon. In 2001 he returned to the oilfield industry as Production Manager with McCoy Drilling while attending the University of Louisiana, Lafayette in 2013 to further his education.  He ultimately retired at the age of 65. Donald was always dedicated and took pride in his work.  He was adamant about setting a good example for his 6 children by instilling strong work ethic.

     Donald was a devout Catholic. His dedication to the church was well known throughout the community. His faith was intrigued at a young age while serving as altar boy. He was a volunteer teacher of the Sacrament of Confirmation, leader of Charismatic Prayer Group meetings, and served over 40 years as a Eucharistic Minister.

     He always lived life to the fullest and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Donald enjoyed Cinema movies and date nights with his beautiful wife, JoAnn. Popcorn, diet coke, and anything chocolate were his favorites. He loved football weekends with his children watching the Dallas Cowboys and the LSU Tigers. He was always ready to travel, start new projects, and never missed an opportunity to tell “Dad” jokes.

     Donald is survived by his loving wife of fifty two wonderful years, JoAnn Lafleur Fruge; his children, Jonas Fruge and wife, Brandie of Carencro , Rachael Fruge Habetz and husband, Blaine of Lafayette, Eric Fruge and wife,  Marybeth of Carencro, Elliott Fruge and wife,  Sarah of Ball, and Joshua Fruge and wife, Kaitlin of Eunice; grandchildren, Aaron Bihm and wife, Danielle, Bryce Trahan, Sarah Darbonne, Cade Fruge, Andrew Fruge, Kaden Lafleur, Lauren Fruge, Brantley Fruge, Cayleigh Fruge, Anna Fruge, Allison Fruge, Grayson Fruge, Ella Fruge; brother, Wayne Fruge; sisters, Sherry Guillory, Jackie Fruge, Catherine Carrier; uncle, Huey Fontenot; aunt, Gwen Fontenot; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his mother, Rose Fontenot; father, Daniel Fruge; son, Jeffery Fruge; granddaughter Kyra Fruge; and sister Janet Dubea.

     Family and friends may view this obituary and sign the guestbook at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com

     Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Eunice, 1301 West Laurel Ave, (337)457.3371 is in charge of arrangements.

To send flowers to the family, please visit our floral store.


Services

Visitation
Friday
September 23, 2022

4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ardoin's Funeral Home Eunice
1301 West Laurel Ave
Eunice, LA 70535

Recitation of the Rosary
Friday
September 23, 2022

6:00 PM
Ardoin's Funeral Home Chapel
1301 W. Laurel Ave.
Eunice, LA 70535

Visitation
Saturday
September 24, 2022

7:00 AM to 9:45 AM
Ardoin's Funeral Home Eunice
1301 West Laurel Ave
Eunice, LA 70535

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday
September 24, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Anthony Catholic Church
310 West Vine Street
Eunice, LA 70535

Burial
Saturday
September 24, 2022

St. Thomas More Catholic Cemetery
1101 Sittig Road
Eunice, LA 70535

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