Obituary: Remembering Rick Broussard

Richard John Broussard

Richard John Broussard, 78, of Claiborne Parish, Louisiana died Saturday, December 10, 2022 surrounded by family under the canopy of his beloved woodland following a battle with cancer. Born in New Orleans, Rick is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Christine Sampson Broussard, son Ben J. Broussard (Nathalie Nord), Sandra Broussard (sister in-law), and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph D., Jr. and Marjorie Beer Broussard, his brothers Joseph D., III and Donald Broussard, and his sister Sharon Broussard Gonzales.

If you were one of Rick’s friends, you were chosen, and his fondness was clear—he did not take his friendships lightly. To know Rick was to know and love his heart—nature, life, and gratitude for simplicity. Three of his greatest missions were rescuing his wife of forty-three years, rescuing his many animals, and rescuing the forty-acre wooded tract on which he built their earth-covered home. Rick’s love for trees and nature filled every bone in his body. He cherished all life and had no problem rescuing even the spiders, too. Together, Rick and Chris built a beautiful life that celebrates and cherishes the gifts of earth, nature, and humanity, where Rick’s kind soul shined as bright as his great-big, bearded smile.

Rick loved hiking and photography, yet his modest nature kept this talent and his keen eye for detail a precious gift shared with those closest to him. There were other, more public things, that Rick contributed to so many, although most people are unfamiliar with his involvement. Rick worked as an engineer for the City of Minden for twenty years and led innovative efforts that made Minden’s exemplary public water system what it is today. The iconic Minden water-tower is what it is today because of Rick’s influence in its design, and it seems only fitting that at the time of his death, that water tower is undergoing its second preservation since it received its iconic makeover in the early 2000s. Rick was proud to have been a key member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s official Community Dialogue Committee, which led the historic efforts to plan and oversee the safe disposal of the millions of pounds of degraded explosives criminally abandoned and threatening the safety of the community. Rick’s heart of service sought out ways to lead, give, and contribute to those things that would yield healthier earth and improved life for future generations, and for that we can be grateful to have had Rick on our sides.

Our family would like to bestow special thanks to Dr. Sam Abshire, who knew Rick’s needs and wants, and moved mountains to make it happen, and to Drs. Peddi and Wang for helping to give us more time to love on our special man. We would like to extend special appreciation to the nurses and staff on the third floor of Willis Knighton North as well as the nurses and staff of Regional Hospice.

Rick didn’t like to be fussed over, and while there will be no funeral or visitation, we will honor Rick’s memory in ways that reflect his wishes. In lieu of flowers, we ask that contributions be made in his memory to the charity of your choosing: Columbia County Animal Protection Society (CCAPS, P.O. Box 2003, Magnolia, AR. 71754); Project Celebration, Inc. (580 W. Main St., Many, LA 71449); Save the Redwoods League (111 Sutter Street, 11th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104); any organization working to secure clean air and water for future generations.

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