Craig Andre Sauviac was born February 17, 1967. He died unexpectedly of a heart attack on September 28, 2020 at 53 years of age. Craig was a graduate of Brother Martin High School, class of ‘85. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree at LSU, studying under the renowned late John Desmond and went on to create his own architecture firm, Sauviac + Dang. Throughout his professional journey, Craig received multiple awards for design and construction projects. He built numerous Catholic churches, visually arresting residential homes, commercial shopping centers, and more. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Order of Alhambra, Irish Chanel Marching Club, and overall, a true servant at any community or school event he attended.
Craig was larger than life. His love for the Lord and respect for his neighbor permeated his every action. He recently was blessed to have made the revered ACTS and Manresa retreats. He coveted attending mass with his family and enjoyed teaching them about the architectural details of each church.
Craig’s discipline and work ethic were unmatched. We often questioned how much strength could dwell in just one soul. Beyond his career and accolades, his two beautiful sons, Sayer and Kristophe, were by far his most illustrious accomplishment. He would say that they inspired him, and he never missed an opportunity to support and serve them. Craig also loved cheering on the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers, especially with his wife and two sons by his side along with comical texting in his close friend group. A handyman like no other, there was no home repair that ever escaped him. His wife would often refer to him as ‘The Great Helper’. There were not twenty-four hours in a day for Craig, but rather thirty-six, which certainly translated into him making the most of each day as a gift from God. He was a devoted brother, son- in law, uncle, and friend to many. He loved to rekindle old friendship by fishing in Grand Isle. Craig’s passions for boiling and eating seafood, particularly crawfish, preceded him. He made laborious work look easy because of his lighthearted sense of humor.
Craig and his wife, along with spiritual and academic mentors molded their boys into young men of God. They will remember his lessons of how to be courageous, confident, hardworking, respectful, generous, and most importantly loving.
He is preceded in death by his beloved parents Donald A. Sauviac Sr. and Dolores Ann Segler, maternal grandparents Earl Joseph Segler and Lucille Anna Petz Segler, and paternal grandparents Henry Sauviac and Catherine Wickes Sauviac.
He is survived by his wife Denise Mayeux Sauviac, his two sons Sayer Donald Sauviac and Kristophe Philippe Sauviac, his older brother Donald A. Sauviac Jr. wife Glynda Troyo Sauviac, older sister Kimberly Sauviac Adams, and numerous adoring nieces and nephews.
We are grateful to our Lord knowing that Craig spent his last 53rd birthday on this earth in his hometown of New Orleans hand in hand with his wife and two sons attending parades, eating seafood, and creating our family bucket list. We take comfort in the knowledge that he is resting with our Lord Jesus Christ. We will always long to have had more time with him but his passing augments our belief that each day with our loved ones is so precious. Matthew 22: 37 “It’s been another day so I love you more”. We are beyond touched with the tremendous outpouring of support and love from our dear family, friends, and community. It helps us more than you could ever know.
Visitation is on Sunday October 4th from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge LA 70816. A funeral mass will be held on Monday October 5th at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 445 Marquette Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. Pallbearers will be Robbie LeJeune, Shane Touchet, Kyle Marionneaux, Cozi Akyuz, Loi Dang, Jay Lonero, Mike Lonero, and A. J. Hingle.
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