Doris James Matte

April 20, 1937 ~ October 10, 2011

Mr. Doris James Matte passed away Monday, October 10, 2011 surrounded by his family. He was born to Joseph and Iris Matte April 20, 1937, and was a resident of Lake Charles. Doris retired from Greater Lake Charles Water Company after serving 45 years of service. He played the accordion with his band called The Lake Charles Ramblers. At the peak of his music career, he wrote and recorded "The Tracks of my Buggy" along with other popular Cajun songs. In the 60's, his band had a local TV show with his band called "Saturday Night Down South". He was honored by being voted into the Cajun French Music Hall of Fame in 2009. He accompanied CFMA Choir in the French masses sung at the annual festival.

Doris was well respected in the community and devoted to his family. He enjoyed race horses with his brother, Hilton. He will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Genieve Matte; three children, Barry G. Matte and wife Julie of Covington, Marcus L. Matte of Westlake, Jennifer Matte of Lake Charles, and youngest daughter, Deidre, who is deceased; two sisters, Selise Daigle of Church Point and Theresa Prather of Branch; four grandchildren, Miranda Matte Tanner and husband Erich of Natchitoches, Maribeth R. Matte of Los Angeles, Olivia C. Matte of Covington, and Gordon Lee Matte and his mother Angela Matte both of Westlake; one great grandson, Wyatt G. Tanner.

Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 11:00AM at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Monsignor James Gaddy will officiate. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home Wednesday from 5:00PM-9:00PM with a rosary at 7:00PM. Visitation will continue Thursday at 8AM until time of service.

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  1. Barry and Marcus: I as so sorry to hear about your dad. I always enjoyed talked to him and hearing his stories. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.Coach Poche'

  2. Barry, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time in your lives.

  3. Barry, I just wanted to let you know my prayers are with you and your family during this time. Keep the faith and know we will all be together side by side with our fathers one day. Miss you!

  4. Barry, Julie and family,We are so sorry for your loss. You always spoke so proudly of your dad and family. We know he will truly be missed. Know you will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you all through this sad time and give you peace.

  5. Barry,Julie and family,So sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. I know the last few weeks have been difficult but now he is at peace. As time goes on it will help to heal the heart. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sorry I can't be with you. Love,Susan Grantham

  6. Barry,What I remember the most, when we played ball together he was always cheering in the stands for us…..I know he was a great dad to you and Marcus… I know you are going to miss him.But, remember you have liveda life with him….I wish youand Marus the best during this time….. Joe Stevens

  7. Dear Geni, Barry, Marcus and Jennifer,We want you to know how much Doris means to us. He will always be a special part of our family and we will miss him dearly. We were so saddened by his suffering and frustration over the last six weeks. He is blessed now to have a new, strong spiritual body in Heaven. Surely our Heavenly Father has blessed him with all of his pre-stroke abilities and provided him with a golden, perfectly tuned accordion to play with the Heavenly Cajun Band! You are all blessed that he left behind wonderful music and memories to treasure. You also are each blessed, as are all of us who loved Doris, with a special part of him left behind to treasure. Stay alert, look for him in each other and those whose lives he touched. Listen for him in the laughter of others, in smiles, in stories they tell. Keep him alive by treasuring his memory and talking about him. Remember him, his laugh, his sense of humor, his love and his concern. Treasure each other because you are what he loved and you are family bonded by the his special glue of LOVE!Know that when Mom hears her Heavenly Cajun Choir, he will be singing along and accompanying with his accordion. Even though we might not be able to hear the music and singing, she does. Surely, she will recognize his voice! God be with all of you. With much great love, Kathy Lee Thibodeaux

  8. Geni and family please know that you and ;your family have been in my prayers sorry I could not make the rosary not doing too good hopeto make the funeral. AL sends his sorry to Doris was always such a help tohim during his campagining…Love u Melba

  9. Geni, Barry, Julie, Marcus, Jennifer, and family:I'm sorry to hear of PePop's passing. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Genie – I'm so sorry to hear about DJ's passing and I'm so sorry that I didn't take the time to come see him. I know you will grieve for a long time, but try to remember that his spirit will be with you always.

  11. Ms Geni Family,I am a nephew of Loretta Glasco and have met you a couple of times. Aunt Loretta thought of your family as hers and loved all of you dearly. I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Matte's passing and I have him and all of you in my prayers and thoughts. Heaven has just recieved two Angels. I am sure Mr. Matte and Aunt Loretta are in Heaven and telling jokes and laughing. The pain and sorrow is left behind for us to endure on earth, but they now have peace and tranquility and will be in our hearts forever.God Bless all of you,Mike

  12. My thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of Doris. I only had the chance to meet him a few times. He played in the band with my father (Wilbur Cormier) and I spent most of my childhood living next door to Loretta Glasco. I was sorry to hear they both passed this week. I heard many good things about Doris from everyone. He was a great man with lots of talent. Heaven is full of some good Cajun music now. I still listen to my tapes of them. I hope he finds my father to play Tracks Of My Buggy again.

  13. To Marcus and Your family: I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. He was a very talented and respected man. I pray that God give you peace in your heart and that his memory will live inside you forever. May the Lord bless you and keep you always!

  14. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you in your time of grief.Doris will be deeply missed he was a good man and great musician.Our deepest sympathyBeulah Thibodeaux and family

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