Lou King Patin, age 56, died at her home in Lafayette Thursday evening, March 7, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Keith J. Patin, her only son, Evans Hunter Patin; her mother, Norma Jean Evans; her siblings, Michael Evans King, Robert Walker King and Charles Walker King and her in-laws, Charles T. and Leola Patin.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clifford Walker King and her grandparents, Carnal and Vivian Evans and George and Maggie King.

Lou was known by the Lafayette and Acadiana community for her passion and celebration of life, especially her devotion to her husband for more than 30 years, Keith, and their only son, Hunter. She founded and ran her own staffing agency for close to 30 years, and much of her free time was spent as a civic and charitable volunteer. She most recently worked as a business development consultant for Facet Group.

Lou was one of The Independent News' Women Who Mean Business honorees in 2006. At a time when many of her peers were considering how to enjoy their retirement after years of hard work, Lou King Patin set a new career objective for herself: One where others would come first. She decided to launch various fundraising projects for charities throughout Acadiana, using her impressive network of contacts with "the generous people” with whom she had worked over the years.

A UL-Lafayette graduate, Lou quickly honed her skills and business savvy, working in the employment staffing industry throughout her career. Her expertise and constant drive for success led Lou to create King-Patin Staffing Ltd. in 1985. A successful venture that would employ thousands of people over the years, while helping many to develop a skill set and a career path. She also became affiliated with Right Management Consultants of Houston as a teacher and consultant in 2001.

Her community involvement was as diverse as her interests and included chairing the American Heart Association’s Celebrity Waiter event, serving on the AHA Board of Directors and well as becoming a State of Louisiana AHA volunteer. Lou was Queen of the Faith House Gala, an organization that provides support for battered women and children. She was involved in the Louisiana Association of Personnel Agencies, the Louisiana Association of Staffing Agencies, the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic and the Silver Bell Soiree, which supports the clinic.

Lou worked tirelessly with Our Lady of Fatima Foundation and Our Lady of Fatima Altar Society, chaired Our Lady of Fatima Blue and Gold Campaign, and served as fundraising chair for the St. Thomas More PTC Board. She continued to develop professionally and personally, as she garnered additional certifications in her field while dedicating her talents to events such as Prevent Child Abuse’s Night of the Child. She was also active in Lafayette Mardi Gras, serving on the Royal Court of the Krewe of Bonaparte, and being a founding member of the Krewe of Rio and the Krewe of Acadiana. Lou was also a member of the Krewe of Troubadours and has served on the board of directors of the Krewe of Versailles, the children’s Carnival group.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2013. Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Private interment will be held at a later date. The Rev. Michael J. Russo, Pastor, was the Celebrant of the Funeral Mass and conducted the services. A Rosary was prayed at 6:30 p.m Sunday in the funeral home.

The Patin Family received friends at Martin & Castille's Funeral Home from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday, March 10 and from 9 a.m. until the services on Monday.

Pallbearers were Robert King, Charles King, Ted Hoyt, Don Landry, Cody Wells, Johnny Walker, Joe Simon and Dale Trahan. Honorary pallbearers were Gene Lognion and Andrew Leonpacher.

Memorial contributions in Lou's name may be made to Mer Rouge Methodist Church in Mer Rouge.

Personal condolences may be sent to the Patin Family at www.mourning.com.