Our Valued Staff
Wes Castille, President
When Wes Castille decided to join his family's funeral home, he understood the importance of his family's tradition of dedication to the community.
He trained with Commonwealth College of Funeral Service (now Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service) and returned to Lafayette. Then 21 years old, Wes continued his training with Gene Walters supervising him. In 1982, Wes took on day-to-day operations of the home with an understanding that first and foremost he was to ensure that Martin & Castille continue to serve the needs of the community.
In order to uphold this tradition and gain a better understanding of the community, Wes involved himself in a variety of community projects, including Leadership Lafayette, United Way Campaign Cabinet, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the Rotary Club of Lafayette South. He has served on the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a past vice president of the Chamber's Communication/Leadership Division, a past vice president of the Chamber's Membership Division, and a past president of Leadership Lafayette Alumni Association. Though these organizations and the volunteer services he participates in, Wes has developed a sense for the needs of the people in Lafayette and has tailored the services of Martin & Castille to respond to these needs, adding even greater credence to his family's tradition of community service.
An effectual leader, Wes plays a vital role in the Southwest Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, being a past president, and is a past president of the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association. Appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal in 2009, he serves on the Louisiana State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers.
Deeply spiritual, Wes has taken an active role in his church and inspires the faith of others. Helping families through life is more than a tag-line to Wes; it is a way of life.
Denise F. Castille, Secretary and Treasurer
The tradition of family, established upon the founding of Martin & Castille Funeral Homes in 1934, continues with the association of Denise F. Castille as Secretary-Treasurer.
As a graduate of Port Barre High School, her Acadiana roots gives her a unique understanding of and sensitivity for the people and culture of this part of Louisiana.
Denise graduated from McNeese State University with a BA in Social Studies. She advanced her education earning a Generic Certification in Special Education through the University of Louisiana in Lafayette.
Her professional career included two years service as an educator in the Calcasieu Parish School System followed by 19 years service as an educator in the Lafayette Parish School System, teaching at Comeaux High School in Lafayette. Her focus was the teaching of American History at the Junior and Senior grade level. She retired from education in 1999.
She is a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Education Society, the National Education Association and the Louisiana Association of Educators. Additionally, she is a member of the Krewe of Bonaparte and Order of the Troubadours social organizations.
As Secretary-Treasurer of Martin & Castille Funeral Home, Denise stands ready to assist her husband, Wes, in providing compassionate service to families in need. She receives continued education in the funeral industry through the National Funeral Directors Association as well as Selected Independent Funeral Homes through participation in the organizations' national conferences.
Denise is an avid reader and includes among her interests travel and golf. Her professional career is balanced with her devotion to her family of which she is the mother of three children, Raymond, James, and Emily.
R.T. Delhomme, General Manager
R. T. is a native of Lafayette and a fourth generation funeral director and embalmer. He is a 1997 graduate of Teurlings Catholic High School and a 1999 graduate of Delgado Community College in New Orleans, Louisiana where he earned a degree in Mortuary Science. He passed the National Board Exam in June, 1999 and was licensed in January, 2000. R. T. is a member of the Southwest Louisiana Funeral Directors Association and the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association.
R. T. is a member of the Monsignor Teurlings Knights of Columbus and the Rotary Club of Lafayette-Downtown. He and his wife, Kelly Domingue Delhomme have two children, Gabriel and Caroline Delhomme. They are parishioners of St. Leo the Great Catholic Community.
R. T. brings a lifetime of funeral home tradition and honorable work ethic inspired by his father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He sincerely believes that every person deserves a dignified funeral service with the best possible care being extended to the bereaved family. His attention to detail, his ability to listen compassionately to family members, and his job integrity are qualities which make R. T. one of the best in his profession.
Jimmy Bordelon, Funeral Director
Jimmy Bordelon graduated and received his Associate Degree in Mortuary Science from Delgado Community College in New Orleans, LA. Jimmy is certified by the National Board of Funeral Service Examiners and is also a member of the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association. He is a native of Lafayette and enjoys being a part of this wonderfully unique community of Acadiana. He is married to the former Amy Claire Gremillion and together they have two children.
Jimmy prides himself on being thorough and goes the extra mile to ensure that the families he serves are well taken care of. As a licensed insurance agent, he will gladly work with any individual or family to pre-plan their funeral, ultimately alleviating the financial burden on those left behind. Jimmy is dedicated, giving and helpful to his family and friends. These same qualities reassure grieving families who look to him for guidance and comfort.
Marcus W. Hebert, Funeral Director
Mark is a native of Breaux Bridge and was a 1989 graduate of Breaux Bridge Senior High. In 1991, while attending Mortuary College, he joined the staff of Brookside Funeral Home in Houston, Texas. While employed there as a funeral service assistant, he acquired various essential skills in embalming, restorative art and funeral directing. Mark graduated in 1992 from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service with honors and distinction and attained an Associate Degree.
Always focused on returning to Acadiana after graduation, Mark moved to New Iberia and joined the David Funeral Homes so he could serve the wonderful people of this area he calls home. He earned his La. State Embalming and Funeral Directing license in January of 1994. Mark's career with David Funeral Homes spanned a total of over 12 years where he served families of south Lafayette, Broussard, Youngsville, and Erath and was a location manager.
Mark is certified by the National Board of Funeral Service Examiners, a member of the Southwest Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, and is a licensed Pre Need insurance agent.
Mark is married to the former Tessie McCord. They have a daughter, Meagan Gowdey and her husband Derick, two sons, Adam and Brantley, and two grandsons, Peyton and Matthew. They attend The Bayou Church in Lafayette.
Mark's genuine compassion and empathy shared with all the families he serves has built him a trusted and respected reputation. His dedication and integrity have made him one of the finest professionals in the funeral industry.
Perry Jules Peltier, Funeral Director
Perry is a native and lifelong resident of Lafayette, Louisiana. After graduating from Northside High School in 1975, he attended Commonwealth College of Mortuary Science in Houston, Texas, where he graduated in the Fall of 1976. Perry has served the People of Lafayette Parish for over thirty years in the Funeral Profession, working at Melancon Funeral Home for eight years, then Delhomme Funeral Home for twenty two years and is presently employed at Martin & Castille Funeral Home, since the beginning of the summer of 2006 and is very proud to be a part of their staff. Jesus is his Hero and the Cornerstone of his life. God has given him a wonderful and amazing wife named, Peggy and two beautiful and very special children, Nick and Meghan, who are the three most important people to him on the face of the earth. He considers it a privilege to serve people and it is one he does not take lightly. His love and compassion for people are his two best qualities to help them at such a difficult time.
Lane Bernard, Funeral Director
Lane is a native of Lafayette and a resident of Broussard, Louisiana. In 2003, after graduating from Ovey Comeaux High, Lane furthered his education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 2006, he received his Associate's Degree with honors and distinction from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas and was awarded most proficient embalmer.
Lane is a licensed preneed insurance agent, the past Southwest Governor and member of the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association and a member of the National Funeral Directors Association. He and his wife, the former Tiffany Nichole Smith, and their wonderful daughter, Audrey Lane, attend Family Life Church in Lafayette.
"Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted." - Matthew 5:4
Raymond E. Martin III, Funeral Director
Raymond Martin grew up in Lafayette. He graduated from Saint Thomas More High School in ’03. He then attended Northwestern St. University on a football scholarship. While there, he attained a bachelors in general studies with a minor in English. After college Raymond joined the army national guard where he remained on active orders for just under two years. After serving a tour in Iraq he felt a calling to return home and get involved in funeral service. He went to Houston and attended Commonwealth Institute of Funeral service. He graduated in June of 2012.
Raymond is excited to be home and is looking forward to reconnecting with this community on a personal level. He possesses great enthusiasm and a solid work ethic. He hopes to make Lafayette his home for many years to come.
Emily Claire Castille, Funeral Director
Emily Claire Castille is a 2013 graduate of St. Thomas More High School in Lafayette, LA. After graduating from STM, she began her funeral directing and embalming internship at Martin & Castille Funeral Home under the supervision and guidance of her father, Wes Castille, and alongside her brother, Raymond E. Martin III.
Once Emily completed a summer of internship, she moved to Houston, TX to pursue her career and attended Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. There, she excelled academically and realized her genuine passion for the funeral care industry.
Emily graduated from Commonwealth Institute with both Honors and Distinction in the fall of 2014.
Upon returning to her hometown of Lafayette, Emily completed her instruction, studying under Martin & Castille’s experienced and caring staff. Because of their continued leadership, Emily’s devotion to service grew immensely.
She is now a licensed funeral director and embalmer, and considers herself blessed to serve the great families of our Acadiana community.
Emily exhibits empathy and compassion for the families she serves, attributes similar to that of her gracious aunt, the late Carleen Castille.
Family is always in the forefront of her mind as she honors the Martin & Castille legacy built by her grandfather, the late Paul L. Castille. She looks forward to her future in funeral service, joining her brother, Raymond Martin, and following in the footsteps of her loving father, Paul W. “Wes” Castille.
Jodi B. Larsen, Secretary
Theresa LaPorte, Receptionist