March 1, 1950-June 15, 2021

Jerry Michael West, 70, passed away peacefully at home in Lafayette June 15, 2021.  Mike was born in Natchitoches March 1, 1950, the son of Jo and Jerry West.

He was a graduate of Natchitoches High School and Northwestern State University. Afterwards he proudly served in the U.S. Army.  Most of Mike’s professional career was spent as catastrophic claims adjuster, often traveling all over the country and never meeting a stranger.  A lover of sports, he played golf and was named to the All Army Softball Team at the national tournament.  Later he became an avid fan of the Ragin’ Cajuns softball team, often traveling to the games.  Mike enjoyed dancing, cooking and watching his endless library of movies. He loved his family dearly but was most proud of his two granddaughters, Maddie and McKinzey.

Mike is survived by his son, David West; his wife, Nile; and granddaughters, Maddie and McKinzey of Austin, Texas; sister, Debra Babb and her husband Richard of Lafayette. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jo and Jerry West, formerly of Natchitoches.

Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Babb, Jerry Babb, Billy West, Terry Downs, John Moore and Keith West Sr.

A graveside ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 18 at Memory Lawn in Natchitoches.  Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home will be in charge of the services.