Maurice Georges Joseph Legrand of Corsicana passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana Sept. 23, 1932, the youngest of the eight children of Georges Emile Legrand and Helene Marie Lafargue.
Maurice is survived by his loving wife of 60 treasured years, Janet Lee Deas Legrand, and their seven children, sons Matthew Maurice Legrand and wife Laura of Sacramento, California, Mark Gerald Legrand and wife Kathleen of Austin, Luke Andrew Legrand and wife Anna of Highland Village; daughters, Elizabeth Ann Legrand Jones and husband Robert of Naples, Florida, Martha Mary Legrand Beck and husband Robert of Cedar Hill; Anne Marie Legrand Brewer and husband Todd of Mesquite and Judith Louise Legrand Kruger and husband Doug of Plano. Also surviving Maurice are 22 grandchildren, Will, Jennifer, Jake, Claire, Drew, Jason, Andy, Ashley, Kate, Emily, Maddie, Stephanie, Jeff, Sean, Kelsey, Kyle, Karlie, John, Daniel, Stefan, Hadley and Sydney. In addition, he is survived by three siblings, Paul Legrand, Jean Legrand and Jacqueline Legrand and 40 nieces and nephews.
Maurice graduated in 1948 from St. Aloysius High School and received both is bachelor's and MBA from Loyola University in New Orleans. He served as a Lieutenant in the United States Marines during the Korean War. His career included time at NASA in New Orleans, where he worked during the time of the Apollo Missions. He moved his family to Corsicana in 1976, where he served on the board of the United Way, Camp Fire Girls, Rotary Club and the Warehouse Living Arts Center. He faithfully served his church and the James L. Collins Catholic School as a weekly mentor to the chess club.
After his retirement, Maurice took up golf and one day hit a hole-in-one. As thrilling as that was, the friendship and camaraderie of his golfing pals was the best part of the game.
Maurice was dedicated to his role as father, and instilled in his children as intense love for God, a strong work ethic and a devotion to family. For the last 21 years he gathered them all for a week on the beach so that the bond of family was held sacred. He valued God's love, his marriage, his children and grandchildren. He leaves them his gift of humor to face the rough times.
Being generous in life, Maurice remained so at death, and chose to donate his body to medical research, following the example of his brother-in-law who did the same and said it was the last time one had to serve his fellow man. Amen to that.
A memorial service to honor his memory will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Immaculate Conceptions Catholic Church in Corsicana.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a random act of kindness, donate to a need, say a prayer, or bring a smile. Life is short, God is good, and those Saints keep marching in.
Published on April 6, 2017