Valley homeowner John D’Arcy Becker died May 21 at the age of 82. His family provided the following.
John was born Feb. 4, 1939, in New Orleans. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Loyola University in 1961. He was captain of the Loyola University golf team and a member of the ROTC and of Beggars fraternity. He served two and a half years as a lieutenant in the United States Army. He earned his CLU designation from The American College.
John was founding principal and shareholder of Becker Suffern McLanahan Ltd. He was nationally recognized as one of the leading experts in estate planning, wealth transfer, professional corporations and charitable giving.
John wrote and lectured extensively on estate planning, wealth transfer, charitable giving and executive compensation for tax-exempt entities. He spoke to numerous professional groups around the country.
John was also well known from his involvement in civic and community causes. He served in leadership positions as president of the Catholic Community Foundation, the Christian Health Ministries Foundation and the Willwoods Community Foundation. He served on the boards of the Metropolitan Crime Commission, the National Conference for Community and Justice and Legatus. He was member of the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and was a member of the Rex Organization among many others.
He received numerous professional and civic awards, including the Jacques E. Yenni S.J. Award for Community Service, presented by Loyola University of the South’s College of Business; the John Paul II Award from the Archdiocese of New Orleans for Lifetime of Unselfish Service; the Servus Fidelis Award from the Willwoods Community Foundation; and the Role Model Award from the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans. He was awarded Loyola University’s Adjutor Hominum Award, the highest award for alumni. He was also a Knight of the Order of Malta and a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. He also received the Order of St. Louis Medallion from the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
John is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Mary Jane; children Jay (Lesley), Brian P. (Emily) and Betsy Laborde (Gary); and nine grandchildren, Brigette Bohac (Brendan), Brady, Brenna and Brooke Becker, Reece and Owen Becker, Becker Ferrer, Emeric and Aymon Laborde.
The family has had a home in Jackson since 2002.
A private burial will be at Metairie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John D. Becker Scholarship Funds at Jesuit High School and Loyola University, The Metropolitan Crime Commission, Audubon Nature Institute, Willwoods Community, the Catholic Community Foundation or the charity of your choice.