Alan John Matherne, 58, died Monday, April 11, 2016 at his home in Larose, LA. Surrounded by his loving family, he passed away after a brave, year-long struggle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He leaves behind two daughters, Janae Marie Matherne and Jani Marie Matherne of Larose, La; a granddaughter, Adalyn Claire Langford; a sister, Aischa Simon Prudhomme of River Ridge; a brother, Barry Matherne of Miami, Florida; and his mother, Enola Comardelle Simon of Bayou Gauche. He is preceded in death by his son, Joshua "Josh" Paul LeBlanc and his father, Leo Matherne.
Born and raised in the community of Bayou Gauche, Louisiana, Matherne was an avid outdoorsman who loved communing with nature. His love of the natural world led him to pursue and obtain a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology in 1981 from Nicholls State University. His dedication to teaching would later lead to a master’s degree in Vocational Education in 1992 from Louisiana State University (LSU). Matherne was employed as a Marine Extension Agent with the LSU Agricultural Center and the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program from 1981 to 1997, where he served the coastal residents of St. Bernard, St. Tammany, and Lafourche parishes. Matherne founded Mathco Computer in 1997 and worked in the private sector for more than a decade before returning to LSU in 2010, where he continued his marine extension work in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes until his passing. Throughout his career, Alan was the epitome of a dedicated public servant. Always willing to help, he worked tirelessly to provide science-based programming to meet the informational needs of coastal fishermen, landowners, business, local governments, and students. He was an avid reader, fisherman, diver, hunter, naturalist, teacher, and communicator. He was a loving son, brother, father and grandfather and a friend to many. Alan lived by the golden rule, believed in the power of positive thinking, and the importance of making a difference in people’s lives through education. He will be sorely missed by both family and friends.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with services being held at Samart-Mothe Funeral Home in Cut Off, La on Friday, April 15th, 2016 at 10 o’clock. The funeral home is located at 15510 West Main Street, Cut Off, LA 70373, 985-693-3433.
Posted on Thu, April 14, 2016
by The Lafourche Gazette