John Smestad
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John Smestad
  • December 23, 1947 - March 31, 2017
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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John Raymond Smestad passed away on March 31, 2017, at the age of 69, at the Chateau de Notre Dame. A lifelong resident of New Orleans, he was preceded in death by his parents John Lyle Smestad and Dorothy Morgan Gatlin, and his beloved aunt, Mary Morgan, who raised him as her son. He is survived by his children John R. Smestad, Jr. (Laura) and Marie Smestad Parra (Marc,) their mother Jimmy-Ann Manich Smestad, and his grandson, Anthony John Parra. He is also survived by his cherished cousin, Gloria Scimeca (Louis,) his Godchild, Tammy Scimeca Stilley (Bert,) and her sisters Jody Bonnette (Kevin) and Donna King (John.) John was a graduate of Fortier High School and the University of New Orleans, and worked in the insurance industry his entire life, first for United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company, then the R.B. Jones Corporation, and finally as an Independent Insurance Agent with his own agency for over 20 years and later with Eagan Insurance Agency. He proudly served as President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Greater New Orleans in 1986, Chairman of the Better Business Bureau of Greater New Orleans in 1993-1994, and President of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Louisiana in 2006-2007. He was a member of Metairie Country Club for much of his life, and a member of Manresa House of Retreats Group #19. The family extends gratitude to the staff of Chateau de Notre Dame and Notre Dame Hospice. Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 775 Harrison Avenue, New Orleans, and again on Thursday, April 6, 2017, from 11:30 AM at St. Dominic followed by a Funeral Mass at 2:00 PM. Interment in St. Patrick Cemetery #1. In lieu of flowers, the family requests Masses for the deceased or donations to Bridge House of New Orleans or Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans.