Krewe honors dying wish with blood drive
Orange’s Mardi Gras Krewe de Fais do do and Lifeshare Blood Center will sponsor what may be the inaugural blood drive in memory of the late Steve Sepulvado, at Orange Savings Bank on 16th Street from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Donors must provide ID.
Sepulvado, 43, who had worked for Carrier and later his own air conditioning service, passed away from liver cancer Dec. 20.
“Steve was instrumental in getting our krewe organized and was a charter member,” says Fais do do’s Pam Scales Crew. “Steve was also very active in his church and our community. It was his request that folks commit to donate blood regularly.”
Sepulvado was buried in his family cemetery in Ebarb, La. With the holidays and the out-of-town services, Crew says, “Not many folks got to do anything for him … we figure this is one way folks will have a way to pay tribute to Steve.”
Steve’s brother Robert, retired from Dupont’s Sabine River Works plant, is also a member of the Krewe.
“During his illness he became acutely aware of the importance of a fresh supply of blood,” Robert says. “It was his dying wish that people should donate.”
Organizers hope they can get at least 100 units of blood over the course of the two-day drive.
Fais do do got started after a Krewe started by Landmark Staffing grew too large, Robert says.
In addition to volunteering with the Krewe, Steve Sepulvado also helped the Orange Lions Club, doing A/C work for the annual Lions Carnival and providing refrigeration for food stuffs.
Steve never missed an opportunity to play a joke on the unsuspecting, Robert says.
“He had lost a leg as a child in a tractor accident and wore an artificial leg,” Robert says. “You really couldn’t tell he had it unless you saw it up close. But we’d be at the beach sometimes and he’d yell, ‘I’m hurt, I’m hurt’ and he would come out of the water carrying his false leg and watch for everyone’s reaction.”
Steve Sepulvado had a degree in business from Stephen F. Austin before he graduated from the Lamar University Air Conditioning School. Angling was a hobby.
“He used to call it ‘catching,’” Robert says. “He would tell us, ‘The term ‘fishing’ just means you’re trying. I actually catch them.’
He was the baby of the family. We were from a family of 10. I was the third one and he was the last, so he was just a little older than my daughter, and of course they got along great.”
In addition to Robert Sepulvado, survivors of Steve Sepulvado include his wife Becky LaFleur Sepulvado, their children (Garrett, Jolee, Aimee) and his son Nate Casebeer; brothers Howard Sepulvado and wife Polly, Michael Sepulvado, Mark Sepulvado and wife Lana; and sisters (Barbara Hanrahan, Carol Camara; and Janet Widmer and husband Dave).
For more information on the blood drive, call Pam Scales Crew at 313-7779.