Robert "Thad" Boudreaux

June 12, 1954 - July 8, 2020

Robert Thaddeus (Thad) Boudreaux, 66 years of age, passed away at Christus Southeast Texas – St. Elizabeth, Beaumont on Wednesday July 8th. 

He is survived by his wife, Linda Fertitta Boudreaux; son, Aaron Boudreaux and his wife, Lexie; younger son, Ryan Boudreaux; granddaughters, Vivienne and Annie, whom he adored; sister, Betsy Boudreaux; brother, Bradley Boudreaux; and nephew, Zachary Boudreaux; sister-in-law Sammie Kelly and her husband, Vance Kelly and their son Tyler.  He also leaves behind many dear friends and co-workers.   

He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Boudreaux and Elizabeth Ann Boudreaux.

Thad was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on June 12, 1954.  When he was young, his family moved to Beaumont, Texas. Thad attended St. Anne Catholic School and then went on to graduate from Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School, where he met the love of his life and future wife Linda. He then went on to Lamar University and earned an Industrial Engineering degree. Thad and Linda chose to make Beaumont their home and raise their two boys there over the next 20 years.

He was a dedicated employee of Georgetown Steel (now Optimus) for 43 years.  Technical Services manager was the last of many roles Thad held throughout his successful career at Optimus.  He worked on many projects, including developing a patent in Boron steel. He forged lifelong friendships throughout his career at the steel mill and will be sorely missed there. He was well known, respected and valued by so many people across the steel industry.

Thad was an enthusiastic outdoorsman, whether it was on his deer lease in Johnson City or duck hunting and fishing up and down the Gulf Coast he was happiest outdoors.  Saltwater fishing was one of his favorite pastimes and he loved being on the water with his sons.  

When his sons were young, he was very involved with the Beaumont Youth Soccer Club in the late ‘80s until mid ‘90s. He was a passionate coach for multiple teams and loved refereeing all age groups. He would spend countless hours at the soccer complex ensuring the fields were in top condition for gameplay. He would eventually go on to serve as BYSC’s President and be instrumental in opening the new complex off of Dishman Road.  In his later years, he remained an avid soccer fan and still attended professional games with his family.  

He loved all genres of music, his favorite groups being Led Zeppelin and Pearl Jam. He had a soft spot for Zydeco and Jazz as well. He would regularly attend Jazzfest in New Orleans with Linda to enjoy live music, art, and local food. He loved live music and would take in concerts every chance he had… Logon Cafe in Beaumont being a regular favorite of his.

In recent years Thad and Linda took up an ardent interest in bike riding.  They enjoyed riding together throughout the Beaumont area by themselves or with a local group based out of Bicycle Sports.  They would also travel for numerous bike rides throughout the year…  Some of their favorites in Austin and smaller Louisiana towns.  

He will be greatly missed as a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, and just a damn good guy.  He was generous, kind and a joy to know.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

A visitation for Mr. Boudreaux will be from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Saturday, July 18, 2020, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

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David Berta

It was a pleasure working with Thad all these years. He was always willing to jump in and help. he will be missed.

Paul Vincent

Our condolences to all of the family. We will miss him greatly. Paul and Pam Vincent

Charlie Coco

Thad was a good friend when we were in High School. Always a lot of fun memory’s. RIP friend. Prayers for your family Thad.

Andy D’Entremont

Brad, I am so sorry for your loss. May Thad rest in the arms of the angels.

Michel and Frances Hohn Alain

We are so sorry to hear about Thad’s suffering and passing. He was such a good neighbor, helping us when we had such damage during the hurricane and when we emptied our house to put it on the market. Certainly he will live on in our hearts because of his good deeds.

Kim Fuller

Linda, Aaron and Ryan - I am deeply sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts!

Tara Ranniger Korry

I am so very sorry for yalls loss. Thad was always sweet, caring, funny. I loved going to yalls house with dad when I was little. I know he will be terribly missed. Prayers, Linda, for you and your family.

Celeste Salhab

I was very saddened to hear of Thad's illness and sudden death. I have fond memories of my friendship with him in high school. He could always make me laugh! Linda, I am so sorry for your loss and for your family's loss. I pray that your faith in God gives you strength and guidance. May your wonderful memories sustain you and your family through this time of grief.

Viviian Holder

Linda and Sammie, I am sorry for your loss I NEVER GOT TO MEET YOURS BOYS BUT i AM SURE THEY are as fine a person as Thad was. Prays for the whole family.

David and Sharon White

Linda, Aaron and Ryan. We are so sorry to hear about Thad. He was such a great guy and his world revolved around his family. Please know our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you.

David Vincent

Many of my fondest, funniest and most revisited memories from High School involved Thad. He was a beautiful character who will never be forgotten. I am so sorry..

Richard Boudreaux

It warms my heart to read how Thad touched the lives of others writing in this guest book. Thad was my oldest cousin, a kid I watched growing up and a source of great comfort to me in recent years when I lost my parents and two of my three brother. He reminded me so much of his own father--his facial tics; his dependable, his rock-solid character; his generous spirit and readiness to be of service to others. It's so hard to fathom that he's gone.

mike cacioppo

Linda i am so sorry to hear about your loss. i remember over 30 years ago, when you & thad would come by my family's convenience store on college street. it was always so good to see both of you. i was so astonished in seeing the change in thad which i attribute to you. he had matured so much since our crazy days of high school. he was an engineer, husband & dad. you & your family have my love & prayers. mike cacioppo



Miriam Thompson

I am so sorry to hear about Thad passing away. He was a great guy to work with and was very helpful. I enjoyed talking to him about the metals industry on a regular basis. May you rest in peace and I will miss you.

Johnny and Theresa Zummo

Linda, so sorry to hear about Thad’s passing. Great friend In high school with many great memories. Prayers to you and your family..

charles jordan

Blessings for Thad's family and friends during this time of loss.

keith mccauley

i've known Thad thru work and soccer, he was a VERY GOOD MAN, will be missed. Prayers for the Family.

Rebekah Hoffman

I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

bobbie kelly

Dearest Linda, Aaron and Ryan - So very sorry for your loss. Thad was a very special man and I am lucky to be able to call him a friend. Our friendship was for sure when he told me my Christmas Divinity was just like his mother use to make! And then had several pieces. I even sent him the recipe! Save me a seat Thad., and when I enter those pearly gates, please give me that welcoming hug! Love you.

Mark Bryan

It was a pleasure to work with Thad. He was a friend that I will miss. I Pray for comfort for his family, loved ones and friends left to remember his life.

Jan Boudreaux

Thad was such a kind and dedicated person - to his family, friends and his work. He clearly lived his life well, serving others and being the best he could be in all of his relationships. He was loved greatly and will be missed by many.

Mary Moorhouse Smith

I was saddened to hear about Thad. He was always so nice to me . I will always remember his smile and cheerful personality. He will be missed. Sending prayers to you and all the Boudreaux family

David Moorhouse

Linda,Aaron,and Ryan my thoughts are with you. We had so many good times. Thad thanks for the memories. Rest In Peace my friend.

Amy Blackwell

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Thad was a pleasure to work with in the lab at Optimus Steel. He will definitely be missed.

Dan Lanham

Thad will be missed by all. I was very fortunate to have working with him for many years and learn. The World has lost a good man. RIP.

JoAnne & Mike Bonura

Linda we are saddened to hear about the loss of your husband and just want to offer our condolences to you and your family.

Bhaskar and Radha Yalamanchili

Dear Linda, Aaron, and Ryan My condolences go to your entire family. I was so close to my dearest friend and coworker. He was such a great Samaritan to everyone he encountered. Last time I saw Thad he was working out at the wellness center and I was so proud to see that he was looking fantastic and totally dedicated to his well-being. He was so proud telling me about his son’s Marathon run. When I asked when you are going to run Thad? He had a good laugh and said that’s not for me. Thad was always calm, cool & collective. His intuitive deep thinking was always appreciated by his colleagues. Personally, I was always waiting for Thad’s practical answer to many professional questions before giving it any thought. I was with him side by side for the last 32 years. We shared many good times and lots of good laughs. I will personally miss him a lot. We lost a great person and we are praying for your entire family and may his soul rest in peace.

Betsy Boudreaux

My brother will be sorely missed I hope God gives him wings so he can watch over us and we can carry-on without him

Yan Wang

He was always calm, kind and smiling whenever I saw him, in the office, conference halls or the airports. A great person and colleague. He will be greatly missed.

Randy Allen

My condolences to family and friends. Thad was a good man and worked with him for 36 years and will be missed

Bill Payne

My Friend and coworker for many years you are missed.

Lester Ryall Jr

Linda, I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathies and pray Gods love will embrace you and your family during this time. With remembrance of Thad may his soul rest in peace.

Steve and Jennifer Kelly

Linda and Family, We are so sorry for your lose, and will keep you all in our prayers. Thad was really a good guy, and we always enjoyed visiting with him when we all got together. I know he was very proud of you all, and may he rest in peace. God Bless.