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Services set for Gurvais Matte, musician who died after car crash

Posted at 4:55 PM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 17:56:27-04

Services have been set for Wednesday for Gurvais Matte, who died of injuries he received in a Friday car crash.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at an 11:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Word in Evangeline Memorial Gardens Chapel in Carencro for Matte, 85, who died Sunday at Lafayette General.  Interment will be in St. Edmond Cemetery in Branch. Deacon Kenneth David will officiate at the services. Readers will be Wade Duplechain and Stephanie Fitch.

According to his obituary, Matte was a native of Church Point and a resident of Lafayette where he was a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church. He was employed with Prejean’s Restaurant as a Musician for thirty-nine years. Gurvais was a family man who loved life and had character and charisma in spades. He loved music, loved to play and enjoyed seeing the joy it brought to others.

To read the full obituary, click here.

Prejean’s Restaurant posted about Matte on their Facebook wall today:

Here’s a post from David Cheramie, CEO of Bayou Vermilion District and former director of CODOFIL:

And, here’s a post from Cecil Doyle, KRVS Music Director:

State Police say Matte was the passenger of a vehicle involved in a crash on LA Hwy 182 near Birdsong Road on Friday.

An investigation into the crash revealed that a 2006 Nissan Altima, driven by 38-year-old Ashley Berza of Lafayette, was being pursued northbound on LA 182 by a Lafayette City Marshal’s vehicle when it crossed the center line and struck a southbound 2014 Ford Escape in which Matte was a passenger.

Troopers say that Matte was not restrained at the time of the crash and received serious injuries. He was transported to Lafayette General Hospital and ultimately succumbed to his injuries on June 3. The 80-year-old driver of the Ford Escape was restrained and received moderate injuries.

State Police say that Berza was properly restrained and received minor injuries. Impairment is unknown at this time, but standard toxicology samples were obtained for analysis.

The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending for Ashley Berza.