BOSSIER CITY, LA – Joseph C. Tauzin, Jr. passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 14, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. He was 85 years old. Joe was born on September 23, 1936 in Rayville, Louisiana, the only son of Joseph Clarence Tauzin, Sr. and Ruth Pharis Tauzin. After graduating from Rayville High School, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University in 1958. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Joe moved to Shreveport in 1959 where he found his passion and love in the life insurance and financial services industry and opened Tauzin Financial Group. He was widely considered one of the best in the financial services industry, representing Lincoln Financial Group and other top rated financial institutions for 57 years with CLU, ChFC designations. One of his great life achievements was qualifying for the Million Dollar Roundtable for 50 consecutive years, earning Life Membership. Joe’s career in the financial services industry was not a job, but a way of life. He loved the challenge of finding creative ways to help clients achieve their financial goals. Knowing that he was helping families and the business owner’s plan for their financial future gave Joe an incredible sense of joy and happiness.
The family was at the center of his life. Joe met Caroline Guin Tauzin (his sweet Caroline) in Shreveport in 1960 and they were married on November 23, 1963 at St Joseph’s Catholic Church the day after President Kennedy died. Together they had three children and four grandchildren. Joe was a loving husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family. Poppy, as her grandchildren called her, was always up for a game of tennis, a trip to the beach, or any exciting adventure. In his later years, he never missed a baseball, football, and basketball game, a recital, or anything that involved cheering on his grandchildren.
Everyone who knew Joe knew he was an avid duck hunter and tennis player. He was a big environmentalist and a longtime supporter of Ducks Unlimited. Over the years he planned numerous hunting trips to South America and Canada. He was an inaugural member of Palmetto Farms where he shared memories with friends, family and black labs. When Joe wasn’t working, you could often find him relaxing on the tennis court. He had an absolute love and appreciation for the game. When he went on a family vacation, he would say, “Bring your racquet!” He has played in many leagues at the Center de Tennis de Bossier and the Center de Tennis de Querbes. Joe knew how to live his life to the full and was a dreamer and an adventurer at heart.
Joe was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church where he and Caroline raised their children and made lifelong friends in the Bossier community. His Catholic faith and his love for Jesus provided the fundamental principles by which he lived. Honor, integrity, fairness, love, kindness, encouragement, and generosity are several of the traits that best describe him. He always led with a servant’s heart.
Those close to him understood the importance he placed on family, friendships and faith. He constantly encouraged and reminded his children and grandchildren that they could aim for the stars and accomplish anything they set their mind to. The words “I love you and I’m proud of you” will be words his family will hold dear as they remember him and the legacy he left behind.
Joe is survived by his wife Caroline and his children Todd C. Tauzin, J. Paul Tauzin (Juli) and Julie Tauzin (Brannon Aden). He is also survived by four grandchildren: Jewels Faulkner, Harrison, Jonathan and Sarah-Catherine Tauzin.
The Tauzin family would like to thank Dr. Carter Boyd and all the caregivers who have helped Joe over the past few years, especially Maria Villarreal. We are very grateful to Christus Hospice for allowing Joe to spend his last days at home with his family.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Jude’s Catholic Church located in Benton. A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at St. Jude Catholic Church on Friday, May 27 at 1:00 p.m. with Father Karl Daigle officiating. Interment immediately afterwards at Rose-Neath Cemetery in Bossier City.
Honoring Joe as pallbearers will be Harrison Tauzin, Jonathan Tauzin, Joey Guin, Shane Guin, Steve Vercher, Scott Vercher, Doug Rogers, Don Sonnier, Jr. and Todd Maddox.
Honorary bearers include Steve Pharis, Travis Guin, Ronald Guin, Mike Vercher, Jack Hampton, Dwight Fugate and members of Palmetto Farms.
In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored with donations to St. Jude’s Catholic Church, 4700 Palmetto Rd., Benton, LA 71006.
Funeral services provided by Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Bossier City, LA