Brett Anthony Walker passed away on October 28, 2023, at Iberia Medical Center at the age of 52. He was a loving husband to Anna Walker and a devoted father to his daughters, Sydni and Sahvana. Born on June 28, 1971, Brett brought joy and warmth into the lives of his family and friends.
Loved ones are invited to attend visitation on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Skip Montet Memorial Chapel at Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. by Fr. Billy Massie in the funeral home. On Thursday, visitation will continue from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Brett's life will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou. This sacred service will be concelebrated by Fr. Billy Massie, Fr. Joshua Guillory, Fr. Bala Rayapati, and Msgr. Russell Harrington. Following the Mass, a Rite of committal and interment will take place at the New St. Ann Cemetery in Mamou.
The pallbearers will be Christopher Willis, Ron Juneau, Mark Dunbar, Anthony Scimio, Johnathan Meyer, Jacob Reed, Tony Savoy, and Shawn Rogers.
Brett graduated from New Iberia Senior High in 1989, a milestone that marked the first step in a life full of achievements. He pursued higher education, earning a bachelor's degree in electrical and electronic engineering from DeVry Institute of Technology. His educational pursuits equipped him with the knowledge and skills that paved the way for his remarkable career. Brett's professional life was marked by dedication and expertise. With over 25 years of experience, he became a respected leader, leaving an indelible mark on the organizations he served.
For 18 years, Brett was the Director of Information Technology at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino. Later, he joined Techneaux Technology as the Network Systems Administrator and Project Manager, contributing his expertise for one and a half years. His career journey also led him to the Director of Information Technology role at Cypress Bayou Casino for a year.
However, Brett's love for technology extended beyond the workplace. As an Amateur Extra Radio Licensed ham radio operator and technician since 2012, whose call sign is KF5PAL, he connected with other ham operators across the world, participating in numerous annual field day events and sharing ideas and experiences with fellow operators.
But Brett was more than just his professional accomplishments. His true joy lay in being a father and grandfather. He cherished every moment spent with his children, earning the titles of "Poppie" to his kids and "Pop" to his grandchildren. His love knew no bounds, and his caring heart touched the lives of many friends who considered him the go-to person for everything, from solving problems to answering questions.
While known for his quiet demeanor, Brett's kindness resonated loudly among those who knew him best. He was dependable, trustworthy, and honorable—a man of unwavering integrity. His strength came in many forms, displayed through his humble personality, patience, and resilience. Even during his 11-year battle with cancer, he fought bravely, never letting it hinder his accomplishments.
Beyond work and family, Brett had a wide range of hobbies and interests that kept him engaged in life's adventures. He enjoyed building and flying airplanes and drones and using his 3D printers to create many gadgets. The thrill of riding motorcycles and 4-wheelers, camping, fishing, and beach relaxation were among his outdoor pursuits. Brett was also a passionate cook, an animal rescuer, and an avid fan of music and Sci-fi movies.
His faith was unwavering, as he was a devout Catholic. For many years, he was a parishioner of St. Landry Catholic Church, and more recently, he joined St. Peter Catholic Church of New Iberia, LA.
Brett is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Anna; their daughters, Sydni and Sahvana; his mother, Denise Theriot Walker; his four adored grandchildren: Dacen, Ella, Finley, and Nora; brother, Troy Walker; sister, Kimberly Walker; father-in-law, Bobby LaFleur; mother-in-law, Janice Babineaux LaFleur, and sisters-in-law, Annettra LaFleur and Shannon Gagliano with her husband, Joseph.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Walker; his paternal grandparents, Michel Walker and Enola Landry Walker; his maternal grandparents, Daniel Jeffrey and Evelyn Theriot Jeffrey; as well as aunts and uncles.
Brett's family extends a heartfelt thanks to everyone for their prayers, shared prayer lists, and ongoing love and support over the years. Your kindness has touched our lives, and we are forever grateful. We also extend a huge thank you to all the staff at Palliative Medicine of Acadiana, Grace Home Health of New Iberia, M.D. Anderson of Houston, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, and Iberia Medical Center- ER and ICU for their compassion and medical care. Most importantly, Dr. Mark McInnis for his unwavering dedication and commitment to caring for Brett in his final hours. In this time of profound loss, let us remember Brett Anthony Walker for the incredible person he was – a devoted family man, an accomplished professional, and a dear friend. His legacy of love and kindness will forever remain etched in our hearts.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570, has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.