Oh, Almighty and Everlasting God, Creator of Heaven, Earth and the Universe: Help me to be, to think, to act what is right, because it is right; make me truthful, honest and honorable in all things; make me intellectually honest for the sake of right and honor and without thought of reward to me. Give me the ability to be charitable, forgiving and patient with my fellow men… help me to understand their motives and their shortcomings… even as thou understandest mine! Amen, Amen, Amen. --- Harry S. Truman.
Louis D. Valenti, a wise and beloved patriarch, passed away on April 17, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, two children, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. A native of Argentina, he arrived in New York City in late 1948, where he supported himself as a concrete inspector for the city and by playing semi-pro soccer. From NYC, he and his bride journeyed to the University of Texas at Austin. Both of them brought to the table a combination of drive, grit, hard work and determination that made the American dream for themselves and their family come true. He loved talking about Texas during the ‘50s and sharing the stories he experienced while working as a roughneck in the oil fields. After receiving his degree, he laid down roots in south Louisiana where he worked as a professional civil engineer in bridge design for the state. As an ardent soccer coach, he shared his knowledge, talent, and passion for the sport with the BRSA (Baton Rouge Soccer Association) community and surrounding area public schools. He relished the outdoors and the farm living both he and his wife created for their family. He will be remembered as an honest, generous, caring person and a loving father and provider to his wife, children, and grandchildren. A supportive and engaging patriarch, he both exemplified and taught basic respect towards others, beginning first within the family. Judicious and fair, he taught perspective. From him, subsequent generations came to appreciate and love American citizenship and higher education. He was often at the ready to share a good chuckle, occasionally reminding us that the best neighbors inhabit the cemetery. A voracious and appreciative reader of history, he instilled the importance of learning from it. We are proud of his legacy of leadership, of his devotion to family, and of his good will toward all. Much heartfelt gratitude goes out to the Vidulich and Hayflick families of Union City, NJ, and Philadelphia, PA, respectively. After private family viewing, a memorial service is anticipated for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Livingston Parish Soccer Association P.0. Box 1831 Denham Springs LA, 70727, or the Baton Rouge Soccer Association at 142 Lobdell Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA, 70806. Online condolences can be left at www.gormanscharpf.com.