Earl F. "Coach" Heintz
December 1, 1948  -  March 28, 2018

Earl F. "Coach" Heintz

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Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas
2845 South Union Street
Opelousas, LA  70570
Sunday, April 1, 2018
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Mass of Christian Burial performed by the Very Reverend Keith J. DeRouen
Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church
2125 South Union Street
Opelousas, LA  70570
Monday, April 2, 2018
1:00 PM
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Rosary Service recited by Deacon Jerome Collins
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home Chapel
2845 South Union Street
Opelousas, LA  70570
Sunday, April 1, 2018
6:30 PM
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Greenlawn Memorial Gardens
2300 North University Avenue
Lafayette, LA  70518
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Opelousas Catholic Tuition Assistance Fund
428 East Prudhomme Street
Opelousas, LA  70570

A Mass of Christian Burial for Earl F. “Coach” Heintz will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, April 2, 2018 at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church. The Very Reverend Monsignor Keith J. DeRouen will be the celebrant. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Lafayette. Visitation will be held at LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas on Sunday, April 1, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. A rosary will be recited at 6:30 PM on Sunday evening by Deacon Jerome Collins. The funeral home will reopen on Monday, April 2, 2018, at 8:00 AM until 12:30 PM.

Mr. Heintz, age 69, passed away on March 28, 2018 at Senior Village Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.

Coach was born in New Orleans on December 1, 1948. He was in the first graduation class at Rummel High School, served four years in the United States Marine Corps attaining the rank of Sergeant, and graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a degree in Health and Physical Education in 1975. He began his teaching and coaching career at Opelousas Catholic where he was part of the 1974 state championship football squad. After leaving OC, he taught and coached football, basketball, track, and softball at St. Maria Goretti in Lake Arthur, Ascension Catholic, Abbeville High, Gueydan High, Vermilion Catholic, Sacred Heart of Ville Platte, Central Catholic, Teurlings Catholic, Bunkie and Beau Chene before finding his home at Port Barre High School. At Port Barre he was part of another state championship football team. As the head track coach at Port Barre he guided the Red Devils to 14 district titles in 15 years, 12 regional titles, and three state championships. He received Coach of the Year honors from the Louisiana Track Coaches’ Association and was named Acadiana Coach of the Year by the Lafayette Daily Advertiser on several occasions, and was nationally certified by the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association. While at Port Barre, every student who graduated was a member of his Algebra II, Algebra I, or Financial Math class.

He was an active parishioner at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, serving as a Eucharistic Minister and a devoted member of the Adoration Chapel prior to his illness.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Martha (Marty) Callahan of Opelousas; a son, Joseph C. Heintz and daughter-in-law Melanie Prudhomme Heintz of Lafayette; a daughter, Kathleen Pool and son-in-law Michael E. Pool of Lafayette; four grandchildren: Elizabeth, Michael, and Andrew Heintz and William Pool, all of Lafayette; two brothers: Charles H. Heintz, Jr. of Gretna, and Edward M. Heintz of Stonewall, LA; and a sister, Mary C. Pauratore of Covington.

He was predeceased by his parents, Charles H. Heintz Sr. and Margaret Westwater Heintz and a brother, Robert Heintz, all of New Orleans.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Callahan, Danny Callahan, Michael Heintz, Andrew Heintz, Joe Heintz and Eddie Heintz.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Coach’s name to the Opelousas Catholic Tuition Assistance Fund.

LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570 (337-942-2638) has been entrusted with the arrangements.


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  1. Kelly Stegall Johnson

    Dear Ms. Heintz, so sorry to hear that Coach passed away. God Bless him & your whole family

  2. DP
    Opelousas, LA

    I would like to send my condolences to the Heintz Family upon reading about your recent loss! I hope that this message of comfort and hope helps your family take refuge in prayer at Psalms 57: 1, and know that your loved one is alive in gods memory. At Luke 20:37,38 may the God of comfort, comfort you at this time. God has made the loving provision for a resurrection, so that you can see, Mr. Heintz again and such hope Jesus told us about is found at John 5:28-29. Once again, I'm sorry for your loss!

  3. Rose Andrus ( T C H )
    , LA

  4. Leo Burleigh
    Lafayette, LA

    My heartfelt condolences, Joe and Melanie, to you and your family. Your father and you are in my prayers.

  5. Ray Simon
    Lafayette, LA

    My condolences and prayers to you and your family.
    Ray Simon

  6. Whitney Duplantis
    Jennings, LA

    A good man, he taught me a lot about commitment, integrity and resilience. Played football for him at Saint Maria Goretti in 1978.

  7. Karen Jambon
    , TX

    Marty, so sorry to hear about Earl. I have such great memories of our times together at USL and afterwards. Condolences to you and your family

  8. Al Karre'
    Lafayette, LA

    Joe: Real sorry about the passing of your Dad. My condolences to your family. He was at Teurlings at roughly the same time as me and Coach Stewart. He was a fine man and a really good all-around coach. He will be missed by all those whose lives he touched throughout his teaching and coaching career. Continue to carry his good name in the coaching and teaching profession.

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  10. Vanessa & Kenny Deville
    Port Barre, LA

    RIP Poppa Smurf! Our condolences to his family on the loss of such a great man. He was truly loved by all. We were coworkers of his at PBHS. #PBHSstrong

  11. Eddie & Bee Be Landry
    Arnaudville, LA

    Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Coach. He was such a great Coach, teacher and man. We enjoyed working with him at Beau Chene High School. My daughters enjoyed him as a teacher and track coach.

  12. VG
    , LA

    Please accept sincere condolences to all during this time of grief. May the many memories you shared together and the passing of time help to bring you a measure of calmness. Soon all pain, suffering and death will be no more. (Revelation 21:4)

  13. Ardoin's Funeral Home
    Eunice, LA

    On behalf of the entire staff at Ardoin's Funeral Home we would like to offer you and your family our most sincere condolences for your loss

  14. Todd Soileau
    Port Barre, LA

    RIP coach, I got to share some great times on top of press box on Friday night football at Port Barre Hogh. Couch you touched so many lives in your teaching career as a coach and a teacher.

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