“But you dear friends, must build each other up in faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring eternal life.” Jude 1: 20-21.

On February 18, 2022, Gary Wayne Darensbourg of Baton Rouge, went to be with the Lord, succumbing to cancer at the age of 67. He is survived by his dear wife Phyllis Folse Darensbourg, two sons, Chad Darensbourg, Daniel (and his wife) Kathryn Levert Darensbourg, granddaughter Emery Elizabeth, and his paw-buddy Coco. Gary is also survived by two dear sisters Glenda D. Llorens and Alva Jean D. Chase. Additionally, he is preceded in death by his parents, Louis “Pappy” Darensbourg and Doretha “Rita” Reynolds Darensbourg, and his father-in-law Milton “Pops” Folse. He leaves behind several close family and friends including, his Godmother, Aunt, mother-in-law, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, and cousins.

Gary is a graduate of Redemptorist High School, where he was a standout athlete and football player. He attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana of Lafayette, the hometown of his beloved mother. He worked alongside his father for many years in his locally owned contracting business, he traveled to several states for custom-built projects and was a skilled, accomplished carpenter, cabinetmaker, and residential home builder.

GayBo, as he was so fondly known, enjoyed family beach trips, ballgames, and barbeques. His favorite thing was football – be it playing or coaching the game, attending them, giving commentary and analysis, providing betting insights, or just watching it at home on multiple TV screens at the same time. All that knew him could attest to his passion for the LSU Fighting Tigers (where he was extremely proud to see both sons achieve success and become Alumni), the New Orleans Saints, and of course, America’s Team Dallas Cowboys. In recent times, he found watching golf and tennis to be most enjoyable. The younger generation of nieces and nephews and their friends looked to GayBo as the funny and kind Boy- Dad and Coach, while Ms. Phyllis secured the role of teacher and taskmaster. Gary truly enjoyed home-cooking and believed that pure happiness came from his mother Rita’s kitchen. Equally, he delighted in his mother-in-law Eileen Folse’s meals and his wife’s special dishes, as well as Chef Leah Chases’ fried chicken and seafood po-boys.

As a special request, his family would like you to take a moment for reflection on the loss of all precious life during these difficult times and in doing so offer intercessory prayers through St. Dymphna, Padre Pio, St. Anthony, and St. Joseph for people affected by and struggling with depression, social anxiety, and isolation. In remembrance of Gary, also consider volunteering your time or contributing to community Youth Sports programs, in particular the YMCA, BREC, and St. George School.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. George Catholic Church Baton Rouge on Friday, February 25, 2022 at 11:30 am.

Because of the pandemic and out of concern for those with vulnerable health, mask-wearing and social distancing is encouraged. Those wishing to offer notes, cards, and other memories may leave them in the Contractor’s Toolbox located at the church. The family sends deep respect and appreciation to so many who support and love them.  A private graveside service will take place at Green Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park following Mass.

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