James Daniel (J.D.) Dronett passed away on June 20, in Boca Raton Fla., from complications of open heart surgery. 

Born to Sidney and Lorena (Boudreaux)Dronett on May 22, 1932, he was raised in Orangefield. He lived in Cali Colombia and Boca Raton. J.D.served in the US Army, spending most of the time in Alaska.  He spent his life working on dredges and traveled the world in doing so, only retiring near the age of 80.

In addition to his parents, J.D. is predeceased by a son, Sidney Dronett; two brothers, Tommy and Carl 
Dronett; two sisters, Eugenia (Lou) Dorman and Laura Richard; and two nephews, Robert Dorman and Shane Dronett.

Surviving are his wife, Maria Theresa; children Dennis (Julianna) and Lorena Dronett; grandchildren Shelby, Seth, Saylor Jane, Matthew and Mia; sister Dottie Dargis of Flemington, NJ, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services will be Saturday Aug., 16, at 11:00 AM, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, in Bridge City. Officiating  will be Father Leger, priest at  St. Henry’s Catholic Church, in Bridge City.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or Wounded Warriors Project.