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Louis O. Vidrine

June 29, 1929 — September 1, 2023


Louis O. Vidrine passed from this world to his heavenly reward on September 1, 2023 at the ripe old age of 94. Louis was born in Washington, Louisiana to Emar and Emma Vidrine. He grew up in Ville Platte, then moved to the greater New Orleans, Northshore and Baton Rouge areas, always calling Ville Platte home.

Louis was preceded in death by his loving wife of 35 years, the mother of his children, Ruth Margaret Birou Vidrine, and his parents, Emar and Emma Fontenot Vidrine, along with 8 siblings; Archille, Pauline, Azalie, Capell, Joseph, Isabel, Rosamond (Joe), and Una Mae. Louis was also preceded in death by a second wife of 12 years, Betty.

Louis served our country in the US Air Force, and graduated from Tulane University in 1954 with a Bachelors of Science degree with a major in Geology. Louis had a strong work ethic that served him well in his career as a Geologist.  In 1971, Louis wrote an article for The American Association of Petroleum Geologists titled "Production Potential of Deep Miocene Rocks in Southeastern Louisiana." It was Louis's belief that the greatest potential lay in the deep rocks in unexplored areas. Louis's innovative thinking resulted in numerous deep discoveries of which his greatest discovery was Sunrise in 1979. Louis was frequently published in Letters to the Editor sections in numerous newspaper publications. He also authored his unpublished book, The Offshore.

Louis was actively involved in Conservative politics and he was an openly fierce opponent of the Communist party. He was an avid reader and thought everyone else should be too. He loved a good debate, a stiff drink, and was a huge fan of all things Tulane, especially Tulane football. Louis was a donor to Tulane student athlete scholarships. Not one to miss a game; he and Ruth even arranged their wedding around the Tulane football schedule. In his younger years he played golf regularly with his friends, created the  "Vidrine Open" for them, and together they created their idea of a trophy being the "Bonk, Donk, Zonque" award. 

Louis was an admired and accomplished man,  but his real legacy was his commitment to his family and friends, and his generous spirit.

Louis is survived by four children; Jeanne, Mark (Jordan), Barbara (Steven) and Suzanne, as well as 10 grandchildren; Jared, Jonathan, Erica, Ariana, Jude, Gene, Stephanie, Paige, Justin and Cole, and 10 great grandchildren. Louis is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Lodge at Tangi Pines in Amite, Louisiana. The entire staff went above and beyond the call in taking care of Louis. We know he was a Humbug. Thanks to Modern Hospice for their exceptional care given to our Dad.

A Celebration Of Life will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023, from 12:00 PM to 2:15 PM at Ardoin's Funeral Home in Ville Platte, Louisiana. A Celebratory Service to honor Louis will begin at 2:15 PM at Ardoin's Funeral Home in Ville Platte followed by burial at Evangeline Memorial Park in Ville Platte.

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Saturday, September 30, 2023

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Saturday, September 30, 2023

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Saturday, September 30, 2023

2:45 - 3:15 pm (Central time)

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