Caliste Charles Cenac, Jr.
Caliste Charles Cenac, Jr. passed away July 22nd, 2009 in the presence of his beloved wife and family after complications from a back injury. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 51 years Esther Alexander Cenac to whom he was equally devoted. He is mourned not only by his wife but also by their son Christopher Charles Cenac of Reno, NV, his wife DeeDee and children Kathleen, Bridgette, Nicole and Allison; his daughter Theresa Cenac Abels of Sugar Land, TX , her husband Edward and children Kristin, Elizabeth, and Jacob; his son Gregory Paul Cenac of The Woodlands, TX, his wife Cecelia and children Gregory Jr., and Annette; his daughter Marie Cenac Richardson( Dr. C ) of Estes Park, CO, her husband Mike and children Nathan and Alexis.
Caliste was born in New Orleans, LA on September 29, 1929 to Caliste Charles Cenac Sr., of Houma, La, and Louise Ragas Cenac Bienvenu, of New Orleans, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather Cleveland J. Bienvenu, a former resident of Estes Park, CO.
Caliste earned both BS and MS Degrees in chemistry and physics at Louisiana State University, where in 1954 he met his wife and they began their long and beautiful courtship. He was a member of the TKE social fraternity and President of the Psi Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry Honors Fraternity. Caliste was honorably discharged after proudly serving nine years with the Louisiana Army National Guard during the Korean War. Caliste began his career with Sargent -Welch Scientific Company, in Birmingham, AL and then rose to the position of division manager both in Ohio and Colorado. While in Denver he was the president of the Southmoor Park Homeowners’ Association. He went on to have an exciting career in the oil field where he was able to use his chemical knowledge with several drilling and completion fluid companies both in Louisiana and Texas.
While working in New Orleans he served as treasurer and president of the New Orleans Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Throughout his 79 years Caliste was a devoted Catholic, a lifetime member of the NRA and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow while serving with the Boy Scouts. Caliste was an active member of the Knights of Columbus in New Orleans as well as a charter member and 4th degree knight at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Estes Park. Caliste practiced the motto “service above self” as he participated in Rotary chapters across the country in numerous capacities from committee memberships to holding offices in the Cincinnati, New Orleans, Denver, where he was a charter member of University Hills Chapter, and most recently in the Estes Park Noon chapter of the Rotary.
Some of his greatest pleasures in life were his activities with his family, woodworking, and traveling with Esther. He considered himself fortunate to have been able to spend the last 15 years as a retiree in Estes Park, where he made so many dear and close friends. Last year, Caliste and Esther celebrated their 50th anniversary with a family reunion and by having completed visiting all 50 states.
His life will be celebrated with a mass on Tuesday July 28, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Estes Park, CO. A small reception will be held immediately afterwards at the lower center of the church. Graveside services will be held in New Orleans at a later date.