Gary Thomas Durham
June 18, 1946  -  October 9, 2017

Gary Thomas Durham

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Resthaven Funeral Home
11817 Jefferson Highway
Baton Rouge, LA  70816
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
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St. Jude Catholic Church
9150 Highland Road
Baton Rouge, LA  70810
Thursday, October 12, 2017
9:30 am-11:00 am
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St. Jude Catholic Church
9150 Highland Road
Baton Rouge, LA  70810
Thursday, October 12, 2017
11:00 am
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Resthaven Gardens of Memory
11817 Jefferson Highway
Baton Rouge, LA  70816
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Gary Thomas Durham, age 71, a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, passed away peacefully at his home on the morning of October 9, 2017.

Gary was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on June 18, 1946. He is a graduate of St. John’s Academy, in Plattsburgh, NY, Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY, State University of New York, Oswego, NY, the FBI National Academy 128th Session, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program, and numerous law enforcement training programs. He was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, Louisiana University Police Association, and American Society for Industrial Security.

Gary faithfully served the LSU community for 32 years, from 1977 to 2009, as LSU Chief of Police and Executive Director of Public Safety and Risk Management. His public service also included 16 years to the St. George Fire Protection District and over ten years to the Louisiana Naval War Memorial Commission.

Gary is survived by his wife of 49 years, Helen Russell Durham, his daughters Caralyn B. Durham of Baton Rouge, LA, Nichole D. Gregory and her spouse Shawn Gregory of Highland Village, TX, and Katy D. Arnold and her spouse William Arnold of Mt. Juliet, TN, his grandchildren Brandon Moree, Taylor Moree, Dustin Moree, Khoen Gregory, Merric Gregory, and Kaelen Arnold, his sisters Cheryl Bayer and her spouse Dr. Robert Bayer of McComb, MS, Joan Murphy and her spouse James Murphy of Norcross, GA, and Col. (ret.) Monica B. Gorbandt-Smith, MD and her spouse Chris Smith of Madison, AL, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

His is preceded in death by his parents Lloyd Joseph Durham, Elizabeth Light Balkus, and stepfather, Joseph John Balkus, Jr.

Visiting hours will take place at Resthaven Gardens of Memory, 11817 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA, on Wednesday, October 11, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at St. Jude Catholic Church on Thursday, October 12 from 9:30 a.m. until time of funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Resthaven Gardens of Memory.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Gary’s name.


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  1. Mary Ellen Furay O'Connell
    Omaha, NE

    I was so sorry to hear about Gary. I remember him in high school as a very nice guy. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  2. Betty Magee
    Prairieville, LA

    God has brought his child home. Prayers go out to you family and prayers and Faith will get them through their loss.

  3. Mike and Gwen Durham
    Baton Rouge, LA

    A man of courage and integrity, of love for his family and fellow man, taken from us too soon. Will miss his advice and counsel, and his overall example. May God grant the family comfort in knowing what a great person he was.

  4. Micah Lambert
    Camp Lejeune, NC, NC

    Nichole and Shawn, I’m sorry to hear about your loss. You’re family is in my thoughts and prayers. I know he will be missed.

  5. Kathy & Buddy Loflin
    Wheelock, TX

    Always remembering the good times.

  6. Lisa Devillier Roucher
    , LA

    Mrs. Helen and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you!

  7. Cheryl and Bob Bayer
    McComb, MS

    Our sense of loss is great, but through the sadness we can cherish our memories of Gary, who was so special to each of us.

  8. Judy Burch
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Helen and family you are each in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.

  9. Lorraine &a Dick Farnan
    West Sand Lake, NY

    Helen and family; we are so very sorry for your loss. Gary loved his family and was especially proud of them. Our hearts, prayers and love are with you all! Love, Lorraine and Dick

  10. Lesli Matta
    Brockton, MA

    My Condolences to my dear friend Katy and her Family.
    My heart, thoughts & prayers are with you.
    Love always, Lesli Matta

  11. Karen & Jay Martin
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Helen, Nichole and Shawn, and all of your family,
    We are so sorry for your loss and are thinking about you and praying for you.
    Karen & Jay

  12. Robert Light Jr.
    Morrisonville, NY

    Helen and family my sincerely thoughts and prayers go out to you! I was very sadden by the news of Gary's passing. May he rest in peace! God bless you one and all!

    Bob Light Jr.

  13. Lori Farnan & Michael Murphy
    Chestnut Hill, MA

    Dear Aunt Helen, Caralyn, Nicky, Katy and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Gary was a special person. Will always remember his sparkly blue eyes, warm smile and great laugh. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
    All our love, Lori, Mike and boys

  14. Jordan Dugas
    Lafayette, LA

    Mrs. Helen and Nichole,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you all during this time of grief. Prayers for you and your family.

  15. Patricia Knoop & Family
    Rescue, CA & West Milfors, NJ, CA

    Our hearts got out to Gary's family at this difficult time. I am honored to have known Gary. May wonderful memories help to ease your sadness.

  16. Kevin Moss
    Prairieville, LA

    Mr. Gary you were a great man in my eyes. I will always have a spot for you in my heart. God bless you.

  17. Kelli Provart
    Hamilton, OH

    The Provart family sends our love and prayers to all of you. Gary was a wonderful man,husband and father. We love you.

  18. Ralph & Shauna Collins
    Redding, CA

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Uncle Gary was a great man. We are so sorry for your loss.

  19. Glynn J. Delatte, Jr.
    Baton Rouge, LA

    I remember Gary from my Trooper days and as an old student. He had always had a smile and was willing to help. RIP my brotha

  20. Ben & Judy Varnam
    Port Allen, LA

    Praying for peace and comfort from our heavenly father for all the family. We will miss our dear cousin. Much love to all of you.

  21. Col. W. R. "Rut" Whittington
    Atlantic Beach, FL

    I am sorry to hear about this passing of my dear friend and colleague. He was a true professional and we shared many times together over the years. He was innovative and brought many improvements to LSU public safety. I sought out his company and benefited both professionally and personally. May God bless and keep the family during this time of loss.

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