Father Clair M. Cazayoux SJ, a native of Baton Rouge, died Sunday, Sept. 30 in Grand Coteau. He was 88 years old, a Jesuit for 69 years and a priest for 56 years. 

A scientist by training but a pastor by nature, he was remembered in a Mass of Christian Burial on Oct. 6, at St. Charles College Chapel in Grand Coteau.

Clair M. Cazayoux was born to James Numa Cazayoux and Mable Inez Decuir Cazayoux, on Jan. 5, 1930, in Baton Rouge. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers James Numa Jr. and Joseph Eugene (Brother Cosmas SC) and his sisters, Vivian Blanche Cazayoux, Olivia H. O’Connor and Clara Adelaide Bondy. He is survived by his brothers, Francis Trudeau and Robert Vincent Cazayoux. 

After graduation from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, he attended Louisiana State University for two years before entering the Society of Jesus                     on July 30, 1949 at St. Charles College. Following first vows he studied humanities in Grand Coteau, then attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, earning a B.S. in chemistry and completing the philosophy courses required by the Jesuits. He then volunteered for the former New Orleans Province Mission in what is today Sri Lanka. He completed a master’s degree in chemistry in 1970 at LSU.

He was ordained to the priesthood March 25, 1962, at St. Michael’s College in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. 

His assignments included teaching at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, chaplain at Southeast Louisiana State Hospital in Mandeville and serving at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in New Orleans.

Memorial gifts may be made to the USA Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus at 4511 W. Pine Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 or online at jesuitscentralsouthern.org.