Patrick Becnel killed in helicopter crashOct 14th, 2013 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: news
Plaquemines Parish native Patrick Becnel was the sole death in a helicopter crash near Venice on Wednesday, October 9, just before 7:30 a.m.
Piloting for Panther Helicopters of Belle Chasse, Becnel had just picked up three Wood Group employees from a rig. The helicopter crashed after taking off.
As of press time, the cause of the crash was still under investigation.
The good Samaritan crew of the Ridge, a supply vessel, the Coast Guard, and Acadian Air helped retrieve the men and bring them to LSU Medical Center.
Becnel was the son of the late Carol James Becnel and the late Claire Curtis Becnel, the youngest son among nine children. He was born into an agricultural family in a parish where the name “Becnel” is synonymous with citrus. He owned and operated a sixth-generation, 100 acre citrus and vegetable farm and nursery.
He was very spiritual. Attending the diaconate formation program at the Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, he received the Sacrament of Holy Orders in 2006.
Becnel was a long-time member of the Farm Bureau Insurance Board of Directors and served as Vice President of the Farm Bureau. He was also a member of the American Farm Bureau Citrus Advisory Committee and the Louisiana Vegetable Association.
He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and graduated from Belle Chasse High School in 1985. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival Association, serving as Orange King in 2008.
He leaves behind wife Marcie Larousse Becnel and children Jami, Patrick Jr. and Casi.