John Derwood Morvant
John Derwood Morvant
  • August 20, 1939 - February 20, 2017
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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John Derwood Morvant passed away on Monday, February 20, 2017, at the age of 77 years old. Son of the late Delia Lawes and Derwood Joseph Morvant. He is survived by his wife, Helena ‘Sis’ Carriere Morvant; his sister-in-law Marilyn deMahy Carriere; niece Angele Carriere Romig (Gregory); nephews Daren Blaise Carriere (Catherine) and Christopher Charles Carriere (Julie). Also survived by dear cousins Frances McCulla of Baton Rouge and Carolyn Caillouet of Thibodaux. He was born and resided in New Orleans with past residences in Albuquerque, NM, U.S. Territory of Guam, Lafayette, LA, Beaumont and Waco, TX, and Columbus, MS. He was a graduate of Fortier High School in 1957, the University of Mississippi in 1962, and Tulane University School of Law in 1965. After practicing law for several years, his career shifted to journalism at The Times-Picayune. Newspaper positions and editorships in Louisiana and Texas were followed by a transition to television news in Mississippi (WCBI), Texas (KWTX) and Lafayette (KATC), Louisiana. In 1985, he was named news director of Western Systems, Inc. a chain of television and radio stations in Micronesia and Hawaii. There, he won local and regional awards and two national ACE awards for investigative reporting. Retiring from Western Systems in 1990, he became an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Guam and was assistant to the President of the University. As a founding member and past President of the Micronesia Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Guam Humanities Council, and the Public Relations Society in Micronesia, he served the greater unincorporated territory of Guam with professional leadership. On a societal level, he focused on crime prevention while serving as President of Guam Crime Stoppers. During his time in the western Pacific, he was an accomplished scuba diver and adventurer. A lifelong track and field sportsman, he was a founding member of the New Orleans Track Club, named “Man of the Year” by NOTC in 1967 and honored with NOTC Hall of Fame distinction in 2013. He was a certified track and field official by USATF, NCAA, and the SEC. Memberships include the New Mexico Athletic Association, the New Mexico Track and Field Officials Association, the LSU Track & Field Officials Association, and founding member and past President of the Cajun Road Runners of Lafayette, Louisiana. Having twice run the Boston Marathon, he finished 251st in 1968. A man of diverse interests and hobbies from travel, photography, historical and biographical literature, to classic movies. With unique taste as well, he was a fervent fan of Sumo wrestling, the Mixed Martial Arts and 24-hour cat TV along with being a collector of original antique maps, plumb bobs, levels, and tools. In recognition of a cultured and running life, the family requests donations to Tiger Athletic Foundation-Track & Field, P. O. Box 711, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.

The family welcomes relatives and friends on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home with a program beginning at 11:30 a.m. to remember the wit and intellect of ‘John D’. Graveside blessings at 12:30 p.m. at Lake Lawn.