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Published July 14, 2013, 12:00 AM

Dwain Gregoire

Dec. 14, 1944 - Dec. 29, 2012

Metairie, LA

Dwain Gregoire

Dec. 14, 1944 - Dec. 29, 2012

Metairie, LA

The avid traveler, fisherman, chef, musician and storyteller died in his home on December 29, 2012, surrounded by his family.

Dwain was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and spent much of his childhood in West Fargo, ND. He married Diane Schlautman on April 26, 1969. After starting their family in Papillion, Nebraska, they moved to Metairie, Louisiana in 1975. Dwain quickly fell in love with the area, spending much of his free time fishing, trawling, and catching crabs & crawfish with his children. A longtime musician, Dwain’s guitar came with him everywhere, and he loved to entertain anyone and everyone, often accompanied by his son, John, and daughter-in-law, Sharon. Along with performing, his other favorite activity was cooking. He never had a recipe for anything and continuously amazed people with his various concoctions of jambalaya and his famous blackened fish. His annual cross-country travels were done in his van with his guitar, harmonica, amplifier, cast iron pans, spices, and propane burner in tow.

Dwain was preceded in death by his mother, Estelle Keller, who moved from the northland in 1977 to join her son and grandchildren in Metairie, LA; father, Elred, and stepfather, Charles Keller. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Diane (Schlautman); children, Allen (Sherri), Julie (John Bellehumeur), Lori (Jud Dinsmore), John (Sharon) and Christine; grandchildren Andrew, Maggie and Noah; beloved Grotte relatives; beloved Schlautman in-laws; and many other friends and family. Dwain held an exciting variety of jobs - physics graduate researcher, computer programmer, university professor, and disaster relief coordinator were just a few. These jobs combined with his extreme range of hobbies, resulted in a very full life shared with many loved ones across the country. Having prepared countless delicious feasts for family, friends and even complete strangers, Dwain lived by the motto “Love people - cook them tasty food.”

All are welcome to the burial service at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Fargo on July 17 at 3pm followed by a gathering of friends and family nearby at 5309 S University Dr.

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