John Deshotel Sr., a longtime Evangeline Parish Sheriff's deputy, was buried today. His funeral procession included dozens of officers on motorcycles, as well as a motorcycle hearse.
"Big John," as he was known, served as a deputy for more than 20 years, and was in charge of the motorcycle division. He died Wednesday at his home, surrounded by friends and family.
Before becoming a deputy, "Big John" worked for the Washington Police Department, and was the former President of Fire District 3 in St. Landry Parish. He also hosted a French radio show on KVPI.
"He loved motorcycling, fishing and music. He played the drums for Swampland Express. He was a loving husband for 54 years, his wife Kitty will always treasure each moment of their lives. They shared and will continue to treasure each moment. He will always remain in their hearts forever and ever," his obituary states.
He is survived by his wife, three daughters, three sons, 15 grandchildren and 25-great-grandchildren, as well as his siblings.