Family Login:

Share This Obituary

Arrangements made by

Ibert's Mortuary

1007 Main St.
P. O. Box 236
Franklin, LA 70538
Get Directions

Profile of Ibert's Mortuary

View Phone Number
View Fax Number
Email Us

Memories & Candles

“I will miss you John! Always enjoyed running in to you in town and my visits with you at your home. Rest in Peace dear friend. ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: Garrie Landry - Franklin, LA

“Lisa & Sara so sorry about your loss. I know how hard it is to lose a Dad and Mom so close together. I know how close you were. It was a joy to know...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Trudy & Cody Fontenot - LA

“Lisa and Sara, my deepest condolences to you and your family upon the passing of your dad. ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Kevin Hebert - Pearland, TX

“Lisa, Sarah and Family,So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. John. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers!Mom also sends her condolences...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Melissa Trimm - Morgan City, LA

“John I will always have a part of your heart attached to mine. I will miss you as you were my second Father while I was a part of the family. I will...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Rodolfo Torres - Pasadena, TX

“To the Deats Familes,I'm sorry to hear of Mr.John Deats passing you & your families will be in my thoughts & prayersOur Deepest Sympathy,Sharon...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Sharon Champagne - Centerville, LA

“So sorry to hear of John"s passing. John was a special person and a life-long friend, Thoughts and prayers for his two daughters and all the...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Tim and Cindy Hebert - Jeanerette, LA

8 of 17 | Posted by: Louis Lombardo, Jr. - Franklin, LA

“So sorry to hear of Mr. John's passing. Know that your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Much love, ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: Jessica Switzer - Baldwin, LA

“Mr. John lived behind us and he and Mark shared many beers after work. He would drive down the drive we shared and toot his car horn to let Mark...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Bertha and Mark Robinson - LA

“I am sorry for the families loss. Mr. John and my dad (Pat O'Quinn)worked together. May he rest in peace. ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Katherine - Franklin, LA

“To the Deats family,Our thoughts and prayers are with you ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Duke & Donna Daigle Bolner - LA

“Lisa & Sarah, we are very sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Thank you Mr John for serving our country. Prayers for all of the family...may he...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Lisa & Buddy LeBlanc - Charenton, LA

“I am so sorry for your loss Sarah and Lisa...Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love y'all ”
14 of 17 | Posted by: Debbie and Lee Billiot - Franklin, LA

“To Sarah and the Deats family,I am sorry to learn of the loss of your father. I would meet him in the supermarket and say hello; I don't think he...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Amy Edwards - Franklin, LA

“RIP Mr.John. Im sdo very sorry for yalls loss. You are all in my prayers and thoughts. Much Love Sarah & Lisa n family. ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: Denise Robicheaux - Covington, GA

“Offering our deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. May Mr. John rest in God's eternal peace and may our...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: the staff of Ibert's Mortuary - LA

Army Emblem
View Video Tribute

John Henry Deats, a native of Towanda, Pennsylvania and a longtime resident of Franklin, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the age of 82 at his home with his daughters by his side.

John attended high school at Elmira High School in Elmira, New York and played football with Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. A veteran of the United States Army, John served during the Korean War as a tank driver. Upon being honorably discharged from the Army, on November 16, 1957, John and the love of his life, Peggy Ann Fontenot, were married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte. Settling in Franklin, they began their family and John went to work for Cabot, where he worked for 35 years and served as Union President. He was also a member and Past President of the Franklin Jaycees. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He will be lovingly remembered by his two daughters, Jeanne "Lisa" Deats Compton and Sarah Deats Darden and her husband Guy; three grandchildren, Jonah Serna and his companion Laura, Shazia Gaudet and her husband Jarred, and Tyler Sultan; six great grandchildren, Jordyn, Jayden, Jaxxen, and Journi Gaudet, Tyler Sultan Jr. and Tyson Sultan; and one niece, Jessica Fontenot.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Peggy Ann Fontenot Deats; his mother, Kathryn Kingsley Deats; as well as by two brothers and two sisters.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at Ibert's Mortuary in Franklin on Tuesday, February 27, beginning at 9:00 a.m. followed by an 11:00 a.m. funeral service led by Father Cedric Sonnier. He will be laid to rest with Military Honors in the Perpetual Park Cemetery.

Family and friends may view the obituary and express their condolences online by visiting

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert's Mortuary, Inc., 1007 Main Street, Franklin, LA 70538, (337) 828-5426.