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Funeral services set for Rayne musician Nathan Menard

Posted at 2:53 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 15:53:20-04

Funeral services have been set for an Acadiana musician who died Wednesday.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rayne for Nathan "Coon" Cyril Menard, 87, who died Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Interment will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery #2 in Rayne, LA.

According to family, Menard began playing house dances with his father at a very young age. In 1962, he formed his band, The Rayne Playboys. Menard was an accordionist, vocalist, and songwriter, having performed with Adam Hebert, Lawrence Walker, The Balfa Brothers, Jay W. Pelsia, Bernard Thibodeaux, The Touchet Brothers, and Mitt Melancon.

Family says he was still entertaining in his later years with Gervis Matte and the Branch Playboys and performed weekends at Prejean’s Restaurant. Nathan’s album, “The Cajun Swing”, was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute of Cajun Music.,

In 2000, he was inducted into the Rayne/Acadia Parish “Hall of Fame” and presented with a Signature Award for his outstanding contribution to the areas musical heritage. In 2016, he and his band, The Rayne Playboys, were awarded by the CFMA with the “Tribute to Cajun Musicians” award. In 2017, Nathan was honored by the Cajun Culture Association for his years of dedication to the preservation of Cajun culture and music.

A Rosary will be prayed Friday, September 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm in Gossen Funeral Home in Rayne LA.

The family requests that visitation be observed in Gossen Funeral Home in Rayne LA on Friday, September 18, 2020 from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm and on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 8:00 am to 10:30 am.

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