Laurent Joseph Desautels became another angel in heaven on May 14th, 2019 at age 89 at his son’s home in Marquez Texas. He was born November 18, 1929 in St. Theodore D’Acton, Quebec Canada the son of the late, Omer & Yvonne (Dion) Desautels. Laurent married Yolande Salois (Winn) on June 28, 1958 at All Saints Church in Richford VT. Shortly after their marriage they bought the dairy farm in Richford and had their five children.
Laurent thoroughly enjoyed working as a mechanic in Pittsfield, MA. His main trade was working on big diesel engines. He was very creative with his craft. He retired from his mechanic jobs in Massachusetts and moved to Texas around 1980 where he started his hay baling business.
He was very proud of all his kids, grand kids and his great-grand kids. He was an honest, humble, caring and generous person. His second love was dancing which he enjoyed up until the age of 86.
He is survived by all five of his children; Michael Desautels and his wife Phyllis of Stamford VT, Linda Desautels of Old Saybrook CT, Denise Desautels of Windsor CT, Gary Desautels of Marquez TX, and Lorie Desautels of North Adams MA. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren; Allen Desautels and his wife Michelle (their children; Riley, Levi, Payton and Lincoln), Rachel Desrosiers and her husband Adam, Mary Leach (and her daughter Daisy), Jack Leach and his wife Valarie (and their children Felicia, Jack Vaughan and Vallen), Greg Leach, Gary Desautels Jr. and his wife Adrien (and their children Riley and Vivian) Jessica Desautels, and Samantha Desautels (and her son Ivan). He is also survived by his sister Jacqueline Favreau of Sutton, Quebec and brother-in-law George Provost of St. Theodore, Quebec, sisters-in-law Noella Desautels of Richard VT and Ginette Desautels of Franklin VT and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his first wife Yolande Salois Winn. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Gilles, Marcel, Andre, Leo, Florian, Germain, Albert & Jean Noel; and his sisters, Laurentia & Laurette Courtemanche, Lucienne Dion, Germain Provost & Yvette Larocque; his half-sister, Marthe Chartier; his step-sister, Theresa Desautels.
A special thank you goes to Robert Lee for caring Laurent during his last year of his life.
In lieu of flowers please made contributions to Merryman Home Health of Franklin, TX, or Hospice Brazos Valley of Bryan, TX.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 31, 2019 at 10:00 AM at All Saints Catholic Church, 152 Main Street, Richford, VT with Rev. Stan celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, then a meal to follow at the parish hall. Family is invited to gather at the Spears funeral home in Enosburg Falls, VT on Friday from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 5-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls, VT.