J. Reginald “Reggie” Coco, Jr, native of Long Bridge, LA and resident of Moreauville and Baton Rouge
J. Reginald “Reggie” Coco, Jr, native of Long Bridge, LA and resident of
Moreauville and Baton Rouge, LA died Friday January 11th at his home. He
was 79 years old. He attended Maryhill Seminary in Alexandria, LA, the
Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, OH, received his Juris Doctor
from LSU Law School in 1969 and was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar.
After 40 years serving in Louisiana state government — including the
Attorney General’s office, Legislative Council, Secretary of State, House of
Representatives and as Chairman of the Tax Commission — Reggie retired in
2006. In retirement, he continued to work planning many travel adventures
stateside and abroad.
He was an active member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church serving as
Eucharistic Minister and lector. He served on the church parish council and
was a volunteer athletic director and coach at OLOM School. He faithfully
attended retreats at Manresa for over 30 years. He spent nearly 50 years as an
official of LaCap Federal Credit Union serving in many different capacities.
For 20 years, Reggie was Santa in the Senate at the Old State Capital and the
Baton Rouge Festival of Lights. The Downtown Market also enjoyed his
services as Papa Noel. He was a board member of Preserve-Louisiana
Cemetery Board, Friends of the Old State Capital, and was a volunteer with
BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp, and the Boy Scouts of America.
Reggie devoted time collecting, enjoying, exhibiting and lecturing on WWII
and was a proud charter member of the National World War II Museum. His
other collections included pelican items and model trains. To call Reggie a
“rabid” Tiger fan was an understatement; he was a season ticket holder for
LSU football since 1970. Reggie also enjoyed hunting, motorhome trips,
genealogy, bartending, and especially fine dining and chocolate truffles!
Reggie is an example of one who enthusiastically and passionately embraced
the fundamental priorities of his life: his dedication to his faith, family, career
in public service and the local community.
Survived by: Wife of 51 years, Harriet Jacob Coco; sons: James R. Coco, III
(Terri), Ernest B. Coco (Aimee); daughters: Laura D. Coco-Montagnino
(John), Claire R. Coco; brother: John H. Coco (Lynn); brothers-in-law: Harrel
Jeansonne, Stephen Jacob (Marsha), Joseph Jacob (Connie); sister-in-law:
Lois Jacob; grandchildren: Victoria Coco, Suzanne Coco, Ryan Coco, Brian
Montagnino, Natalie Jones, Madeline Jones, A. J. Montagnino, John James
Coco, Avery Coco; great-grandchildren: Kathleen Bunje, Spencer Bunje.
Preceded in Death by: parents: J. Reginald Coco, Sr. and Eugenie C. Coco;
parents-in-law: Harry J. Jacob and Josie M. Jacob; sister: Pauline Jeansonne;
brother-in-law: Michael Jacob.
Visitation at Rabenhorst Downtown 5-7 PM Thursday, January 17, 2019 and
at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church 1-2 PM Friday, January 18, 2019
followed by a funeral Mass and reception.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Pontifical College Josephinum
Class of ’65 Endowment Fund, 7625 N. High St. Worthington, OH 43235 or
Our Lady of Mercy Traditions for Tomorrow Fund, 445 Marquette Ave,
Baton Rouge, LA 70806.