John David Lively
November 12, 1934  -  February 21, 2018

John David Lively

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Resthaven Funeral Home
11817 Jefferson Highway
Baton Rouge, LA  70816
Monday, February 26, 2018
9:00 am-11:00 am
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Resthaven Funeral Home
11817 Jefferson Highway
Baton Rouge, LA  70816
Monday, February 26, 2018
11:00 am
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Resthaven Gardens of Memory
11817 Jefferson Highway
Baton Rouge, LA  70816
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“You left us beautiful memories, your love will still be our guide, and though we cannot see you, you will always be by our side.”

John David Lively “J.D.”, a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away on February 21, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones. He was 83, a native of Plaquemine and graduate of Istrouma High School. He was a successful businessman founding LAMM Food Service, Inc. and Coastal Food Service, LLC in Lafayette, LA. J.D. had a love of water and his prize possession a 1972 Grand Banks “Fancy Free”. He adored his grandsons and never missed an opportunity to talk about them. He loved his puppies and always had at least one in his lap. J.D. lived his life to help anyone and everyone, never meeting a stranger. He had a giving, caring and loving soul.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Alice Jean Lively; daughter, Kimberly Jean Nijoka and husband Christopher Darryl Nijoka; two grandsons, Christopher John Nijoka and Justin Darryl Nijoka; sister, Myrna Gayle Pourciau and brother Burton Lively; and numerous nieces and nephews.

J.D. is preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Lively; parents, Myrtle Lewis and Berlin Lively; brother, Curtis Irvin Lively; and his aunt and uncle, Agnes and J.C. Lewis.

Visitation is at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA on Monday, February 26, 2018 from 9 am until service at 11 am. Burial will immediately follow in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Family member Micky Hardy will deliver the service.

Pallbearers will be Chris Nijoka, John Nijoka, Justin Nijoka, J.C. Lewis Jr, Jamie Vidrine and Jack Leake Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Burch and Bruce Mattingly.

The Family wishes to send a special thank you to Dr. Carl Luikart for the many years of provided care, friendship and concern on this last journey. The Family wishes to thank Dr. Karl Leblanc and Dr. Louis Minsky for provided care over the years. The Family also wishes to thank all the wonderful caring and compassionate staff at St. Joseph Hospice/The Carpenter House, Trygve Olson, RN, Nerissa, Ginny Barden, LCSW-BACS, Catherine, Crystal, Chad, Chaplain Tom Denton, Lauren Edwards, NP-C with Our Lady of the Lake, and many more.

We will never forget his familiar saying every time we went out to eat “You’re not coming back”. He may not be coming back to us, but one day we will be meeting him again. He touched so many lives but no one loves him more than his wife, daughter, grandsons and son-in-law.

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note to the family at


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  1. Ann Jessup Bogdan & Family
    River Ridge La, LA

    Dear Jeannie & family
    With fondest memories we recall the of all the happy times our family had together. Accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of JD. He will always live in our hearts, Jeannie I will call you next week . Love to you and your family at this sad time.

  2. Celeste Thibodeaux
    Denham Springs, LA

    May he Rest In Peace

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  5. Cara Bergstrom
    Danielson, CT

    I am so sorry for your loss of this wonderful man.

  6. Joanna Gotwald
    Ravenna, OH

    Jeannie, my prayers for you and your family. I never had the honor of meeting but I pray for the deep healing of your hearts.

  7. Roni Goldberg
    Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Dear sweet Jeannie, I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved JD. May you find the comfort and strength to cope.
    My Thoughts and Prayers are with you as you face this very sad time. He will be forever in your heart.

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  9. Sandy Wilson
    Gallatin, TN

    Prayers for comfort to each one of you. Jeannie, I’m here for you. Your beloved J and my beloved Chuck are both in heaven and we will be together again. God bless you my dear sweet friend.

  10. Vicki Barkley-Bass
    Deerfield beach, FL

    May God bless this family and God bless JD's soul

  11. Tina Kirby
    Ridgely, MD

    So very sorry Jeannie and family for your loss, may God sustain you through this sad time, but rejoice in the hope of meeting JD again one day.
    Prayers and love🙏🙏💗💗 Hugs

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