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About Us | Martin & Castille Funeral Home & Cremation Service

Our Valued Staff

Wes Castille
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.

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Denise F. Castille
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.

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R.T.  Delhomme
R.T. Delhomme, Vice President - Operations

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.

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Emily Claire Castille
Emily Claire Castille, Vice President - Public Relations

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.

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 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, following in the footsteps of her father, Paul W. “Wes” Castille.

Emily married Jonathan Terrell of New Iberia, LA and together they welcomed their first child, John Wesley Terrell in October of 2021.

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Marcus W. Hebert
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 in Applied Sciences.

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, the National Funeral Director's 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 three grandsons, Peyton, Matthew and Raymond.

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.

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Perry Jules Peltier
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.

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Lane Bernard
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

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Kearn Alan Dooley
Kearn Alan Dooley, Funeral Director

Kearn Alan Dooley is a native of Delcambre, Louisiana and a 1998 graduate of Delcambre High School. Kearn is very proud of his small town upbringing and his Cajun heritage.

Kearn had an experience in High School that would alter the course of his life and open a door to the ministry of healing and encouragement through grief. At the age of 17, Kearn lost his father to cancer and he committed his life to Christ and serving others.

Kearn attended and graduated from Delgado Community College and pursued a career in Funeral Directing. He received his Louisiana State Embalming and Funeral Directors License on July 8, 2002. The passion to serve and assist families in their time of grief has allowed Kearn’s career to thrive and be a blessing to the communities in Iberia, Vermilion and Lafayette Parishes. He believes that life is precious and his gentle approach to honoring the legacy each individual leaves behind, will create a memory cherished for a lifetime.

Kearn is an active member of Our Savior’s Church where he serves on the prayer team and is regularly involved in any number of activities that include prison ministry and teaching bible studies. He is also a current member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Southwest Louisiana Funeral Directors Association and also assistant Scout Master of Acadiana. Kearn is a graduate of Leadership Iberia and has served on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity and is also a volunteer minister at St. Martin Parish Prison.

With Christ at the center of his life, his passion overflows into the lives he has touched through his career and his ministries. He married the love of his life, Madelyn Hebert Dooley, and they are blessed to have three beautiful children, Kylie Claire, Gillian Frances and Liam John.

His hobbies include cycling, hiking, fishing, reading and spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.

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Dylan P. Thibodeaux
Dylan P. Thibodeaux, Funeral Director

Dylan is a native of Parks and currently resides in Arnaudville. He is a 2009 graduate of Breaux Bridge High School. After high school, Dylan continued to further his education at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Services in Houston, Texas where he graduated with honors in 2011.

He began his career in the funeral industry in 2011 where he worked at Pellerin Funeral Home for 10 years before joining the staff at Martin & Castille in 2021.

Dylan completed the Dale Carnegie Training program, a program which he incorporates, along with his educational experience, in his daily work and life.

His commitment to the funeral industry is driven by the love that he has in wanting to assist families during their time of loss.

Dylan is married to the former Jaimee Knott and they have one daughter, Ruthie Grey. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, and Southwest Louisiana Funeral Directors Association.

In his free time he enjoys attending sporting events, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.

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Joshua S. St. Cyr
Joshua S. St. Cyr, Funeral Director

Joshua is a native of Lewisburg, a community just south of Opelousas, and a resident of Lafayette, Louisiana since 2008. He is a 2004 graduate of Beau Chene High School and was a member of the Beau Chene High Mighty Gator Band 2001-2004. He also attended Opelousas Catholic during elementary and middle school developing strong roots in his Catholic faith through the religious curriculum there as well as through the CCD program with St. Landry Catholic Church where he received his Confirmation. Joshua furthered his education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in General Studies and in 2006, he received his Associate Degree with honors and distinction from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas.

Joshua is a parishioner of St. Landry Catholic Church where he is a third-degree knight with the Knights of Columbus, council #1173, Joshua also participates and enjoys speaking the written word with his faith community as a lector since 2012.

As an established member of the Opelousas and St. Landry Parish community, Joshua began his internship in January of 2007 with Melancon Funeral Home, a family owned and operated funeral home and cemetery, and became licensed with the Louisiana State Board of Embalmers & Funeral Directors the following year. He has spent 14 years servicing the families of Opelousas, Arnaudville, Grand Coteau, all of St. Landry Parish, Carencro, and surrounding communities before joining the family of Martin & Castille in 2021. He has experience in counseling families with funeral arrangements, cemetery sales and preneed funeral plans. Joshua is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, and the Southwest Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, where he is the current 2021 Governor of the board.

Joshua enjoys spending time with close friends and family, camping, socializing, and bartending in his spare time. He is extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve the families of Lafayette as a new aspect in his funeral service journey.

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalms 34:17-18

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Jodi B. Larsen
Jodi B. Larsen, Secretary

Jodi Bourgeois-Larsen was born and raised in Carencro, Louisiana and was a graduate of Carencro High School. Jodi began her career in the funeral industry in 2002 driving hearses for funerals and working at Lafayette Crematory. She joined the Martin & Castille Funeral Home Family in October 2005 as an Executive Administrative Assistant.

Jodi enjoys helping and comforting families through the difficult times of planning and following the funeral services of their loved ones. She considers her fellow employees as family and takes joy in working with them. Jodi is married to Ryan Larsen of Canmore Alberta, Canada. They have two children, Blake and Jade and two grandchildren, Ella Rose and Rhett Lane Bourgeois. Jodi looks forward to assisting families for many years to come.

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Judy A. Picard
Judy A. Picard, Secretary

A familiar face goes a long way toward making you feel comfortable. Meet Judy Picard, Executive Administrative Assistant at Martin & Castille. A lifelong resident of Maurice and a graduate of Maurice High School, Judy joined the Martin & Castille Funeral Home Family in 2017 after a long and successful career at Charles D. Bernard Insurance Agency.

She considers it an honor to serve families during their time of need and always goes above and beyond to meet needs. In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her siblings, their spouses, and children.

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Theresa LaPorte
Theresa LaPorte, Receptionist

As a receptionist, Theresa finds joy in making every family feel welcome and assuring them that we are here for them during their time of need. She joined the Martin & Castille team in 2001 after a 32-year career in retail. Theresa grew up in Opelousas and moved to Lafayette in 1959. In her personal time, she enjoys her family of four sons, a daughter, five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

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Rodney Comeaux
Rodney Comeaux, Maintenance

Rodney Comeaux is a faithful and loyal employee of Martin & Castille where he serves as the Maintenance Supervisor. He has been with family since 1993. Rodney works hard to make sure our grounds and facilities are beautiful and well-maintained so that every family feels comfortable and at ease. His work ethic, kindness and compassion are just a few of the reasons we are so blessed to have him as part of the Martin & Castille Family.

Benjamin Levoy
Benjamin Levoy, Maintenance

For over 17 years, Benjamin has been a noteworthy leader in many organizations. You may know him from his work as one of four maintenance personnel at Martin and Castille. Born in Calcasieu parish and grew up in Southeast Texas, he was raised the “old school way;” solely by his mother that truly worked out in his favor, as he is notoriously known as the true southern gentleman that he is. He graduated high school at West Orange-Stark High and went on to earn his bachelor’s in science, majoring in psychology at Lamar State in Orange, Texas.

Early on in his working years, he worked as a railcar inspector, where he learned the valuable skill of attention to detail. As time progressed and he became older, new opportunities arose. Benjamin always was interested in robotics and electronics, so he decided to pursue a career as an industrial electrician. During his electrical days, he participated in countless on-site classes and training; one of which was OSHA; that he currently holds a non-expiring certification. After years of searching for the right woman, he found his penguin finally in 2016 and moved to Carencro, LA. He has two children, a 10-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter with a little girl on the way.

When he’s not catering to the community, you can find him travelling, spending quality time with his family and friends, camping and many other outdoorsy activities. Benjamin is very compassionate and loving and will go out of his way for someone in need. His personality is one to know for sure.

Brett Trouille
Brett Trouille, Maintenance

Brett A. Trouille, is a native of Lafayette and the son of Becky and Jerry Trouille. He has two children, Charlie and Lucy. He is a parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milton. Brett is a 1996 graduate of Teurlings Catholic High School and attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Brett is an avid outdoorsman and is part of the Toledo Bend Lake Association Lunker Bass Program where he landed a 10.03 pound bass in 2019. His true passion is spending time with his children.

We welcome Brett to the Martin and Castille family and we look forward to many years of serving the Lafayette Community together.

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