Charles Alvin Broussard, 79, of Newman passed away on Jan. 16 at his residence after a long struggle with dementia.

Mr. Broussard was born Aug. 20, 1939, in Port Arthur, Tex. He moved to California in 1959. 

Mr. Broussard served in the National Guard and was honorably discharged from the Army Reserves. 

He worked at Avoset for 32 years before retiring due to failing eyesight in 1995.

He enjoyed riding horses, ranching, singing and playing the guitar and harmonica.

Mr. Broussard is survived by his wife of 54 years, Johanna Broussard; two daughters, Jody Day (Jon Pierce) and Jill Johnston (Jim); a son, Cody Broussard: six grandchildren, John Charles Johnston, Jenna Johnston, Jordan Day, Ethan Day, Aidan Broussard and Brody Broussard: two brothers, Raymond Broussard (Theresa) and Irving Broussard (Caroline); a sister, Beverly May (Louis); his step-mother, Adele Broussard; his mother-in-law, Eleanor Camara; two brothers-in-law, Ric Camara and Mike Wyatt; and two sisters-in-law, Diane Camara and Helen Broussard.

He was preceded in death by his, parents, Irving and Wanona Broussard; two brothers, Ron Broussard and Gene Broussard; two sisters, Jackie Smith and Sandy Wyatt; a sister-in-law, Rusty Broussard; his father-in-law, Frank Camara; a brother-in-law, Floyd Smith; and his “California mom and dad,” Sam and Lucille Matoza. 

A visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Hillview Funeral Chapel, Newman, followed by a rosary.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. today (Thursday, Jan. 24) at St. Joachim’s Catholic Church, Newman. Interment will follow in Hills Ferry Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be directed to: Covenant Care at Home Hospice, 1850 Colorado Ave., Turlock, 95382; or: Cystic Fibrosis of California Northern Chapter, 235 Montgomery St., Ste. 742, San Francisco 94104.

We are so blessed to have wonderful children, family, and close friends who have supported us for so long. A special thank you to Joseph Tacherra, who has been with us for seven years as caregiver, and hospice, who are amazing. We are so thankful to all of you.