2023ObituariesDonald Joseph Plaisance

August 10, 2023by SealeUser16

March 1, 1946 ~ August 6, 2023

In Loving Memory of Donald Joseph Plaisance, Jr.

Donald Joseph Plaisance, Jr. passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on August 6, 2023, at 77, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Don was the son of the late Donald Joseph Plaisance, Sr., and Ella Kempton Plaisance. He is preceded in death by his sister Deborah Plaisance Gwin. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Deborah Hays Plaisance, and four daughters, Michelle Leach (William), Monique Carmouche (Kyle), Mignon Schexnayder (John), and Minette Tash (Matt). Sixteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive him:  Caroline Leach, Olivia Leach, Benjamin Leach, Evelyn Leach, Joshua Leach, Christopher Carmouche, Addie Carmouche, Dylan Tate (Regan), Dawson Tate (Alex), Caleb Tate, Kason Schexnayder, Gabe Schexnayder, Clayte Blanchard, Collin Blanchard, Vincent Tash, Jordan Tash, Beckham Tate, Brookland Tate, Bensyn Tate.

Don is also survived by his siblings:  Lloyd Plaisance, Sr. (Sherry), Kathleen Balhoff (Thomas), Randall Plaisance (Alcia), Daniel Plaisance, Sr. (Nancy), Valerie Honeycutt (Blayne), Fred Gwin (spouse of predeceased sister Deborah)

Don graduated from Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School, Catholic High School (1964), and received his degree from LSU. He then began his 50-year career in the insurance business, providing his clients with financial security. Don was recognized throughout his career as a top producer in the industry.

Don served as the Athletic Director for Saint Thomas More School in the early 1970s.  Although Don had been a gifted athlete himself, his love of sports continued through coaching for many years.  His enthusiasm was infectious as he inspired everyone, especially his players.

Don was passionate about his family, faith, and community as a husband, father, brother, friend, businessman, and coach. He shared his talents with others as he motivated and inspired everyone to give 100% effort in all they did. He found great pride in witnessing the success of others.

A memorial visitation will be held at Our Lady of Mercy, 445 Marquette Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 on Monday, August 14, 2023 at 9:00am. Father Eddie Martin will celebrate a mass of Christian burial at 10:30am with inurnment in the Garden of Peace to follow. Let us remember the countless ways he touched our lives, leaving us with memories that will be cherished forever.

The Mass of Resurrection will be live-streamed from Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association in Don’s memory.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.sealefuneral.com





  • Bob Shally

    August 14, 2023 at 4:44 pm

    Debbie, our sincere condolences for the loss of Don. Growing up, the Vicksburg cousins were always thrilled when our Louisiana “kin” came to visit and we were able to spend time together at my Grandmother and Grandfather Shally’s house. Unfortunately, time and career paths have made family get togethers somewhat of a thing of the past. My wife and I were fortunate enough to attend the reunion several years ago and reconnect with the past = of which Don, his parents and siblings are and remain a major part. Our love, prayers and respect to the family. Bob and Alecia Shally


  • Roger and Sandy LeBlanc

    August 14, 2023 at 11:34 am

    Our memories of Don and the entire Plaisance family go way back and are precious to us both. We pray comfort for all the family in this loss.


  • Ann Marie Dunn Acree & Trey Acree

    August 12, 2023 at 5:07 pm

    We were saddened to learn of Don’s passing. We knew of his love of faith, family and sports.
    Please know that our prayers will be for the family both now and going forward.


  • Don M Plaisance

    August 12, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    I am saddened to hear about Don’s passing. He was inspirational and intelligent. A gentleman with great character. Don was also helpful to others and that was the key to his own business success. I appreciate all he did to help me to succeed. My condolences to his family.


    • Ronnie Hebert

      August 13, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      Don was a great person. I have not seen Don for many years but at LSU we were in the same fraternity and we were good friends. I always valued Don as close friend. He was an inspiration to me. May he rest in peace. Ronnie Hebert


  • Larry and Connie Anderson

    August 11, 2023 at 10:49 pm

    We are so sorry to learn of Don’s passing. The Plaisances are a wonderful family, and Larry and I have been blessed to know them for many years. Our sincere condolences to Debbie, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as well as to his brothers and sisters and their families. You all are in our prayers.

    Larry and Connie Anderson
    Baton Rouge, LA


  • Linda Lane Polk, Vicksburg, MS

    August 11, 2023 at 8:28 pm

    So sad to learn of Don’s passing. I always admired the “Baton Rouge branch” of our family and enjoyed visiting when we could. Don’s Father Donald and my Mother Ethel were double-first cousins (my grandparents were Randall and Mabel Shally). My thoughts and prayers are with all the Plaisance family.


  • Nancy & Doug Jones

    August 11, 2023 at 6:35 pm

    Don was a great mentor and friend through many years of working with him. I always enjoyed our visits concerning sports. He will be missed.

    Our thoughts and prayers to Debbie and family.


  • Tracy Broussard

    August 11, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    I have worked with Don for about 28 years at American National, he has always been an agent and man that I have looked up too. One of the funniest and kindest man I have ever met. This loss will go beyond his family, we all will miss him very much. Prayers for his family


  • Danny Ortego

    August 11, 2023 at 6:04 pm

    Lloyd and Debbie,
    Very sorry to learn today of Don’s passing. Since 4th grade I considered Don and Lloyd my best friends. I spent many nights at their home with lovely
    Miss Ella who was always warm and peasant to be around. In fact when she came to kiss her sons good night I received one too. Too many years have passed now and I have not seen any of ya’ll but I treasure my memories of all of you to this day. So today I am looking into flights from CA to LA
    I would love to come to Don’s memorial service.


  • John Dawson

    August 11, 2023 at 4:34 pm

    This was a good man. Family, business and community were all his strong points. He was my first coach at St. George. Rest in peace my friend.


  • Edith Didier Mitchell

    August 11, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    Big smile! Great heart! Genuine! His presence lit up the room. Hard to find appropriate words for this amazing human being! Memories of Don will always make us smile.


  • Cindy J Norman

    August 11, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of this loss. I had the honor of working with Don at American National. Prayers for the family at this difficult time.


  • Annetta Alphonso

    August 11, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    Prayers for his family. I always enjoyed talking to him, he was always professional and kind.


  • Scott Legleu

    August 11, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He truly was a motivator of people and a great coach. More than that, he will be known as a fine Christian man with family values, second to none. He coached me at St. Thomas More. Rest in peace coach!


  • Tara Hubbs

    August 11, 2023 at 2:22 am

    I am so sorry to see this. We all used to spend
    a lot of time at Greystone. I always enjoyed talking to him. He was truly a sweet man. Thinking of the family and praying for you all.

    Tara and Kevin Hubbs


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