Jack Lamabe, 71, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, at his home in Baton Rouge. A major league pitcher, known as "Tomatoes" to his friends, Jack proudly pitched and coached in two World Series, was the head baseball coach at LSU, then coached for the Rockies and the Padres before he retired. He was an inspirational mentor of many young athletes and taught them not only how to play the game, but how to be honorable. He did it by example. Jack's love was for more than baseball. He was, above all, a loving and loved husband to his wife and best friend, Janet, the great Daddy of John and Jennifer, daughter-in-law, Stacey Lamabe, and Grandfather to Sarah and Alex. He was so very proud of the wonderful family he deserved. He was a rare good man. He was the son of Susie O'Rourke and John McVene Lamabe and son-in-law of Eleanor and Richard Berta. Jack was a graduate of Springfield College, where he received his master of science in physical education. He was also an honorably discharged U.S. Marine Corps veteran and never missed a game. Jack's service will be held at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Friends may pay respects from 10:45 a.m. until the Mass at noon by Monsignor Gerald Lefevre, a family friend. Committal will be in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Arthritis Foundation, Scleroderma Foundation, American Diabetes Foundation, or the charity that warms your heart will be appreciated. Arrangements by Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway. Sign the online guestbook at www.resthavenbatonrouge.com .
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