Kevin LaDue passed away in Dallas on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. Kevin was born in Dallas on Feb. 15, 1961, and he attended St. Rita Catholic School, graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School ‘79, and obtained a B.A. in psychology from Southern Methodist University in 1983. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and was honored to be the “Peruna Runner” for SMU during the successful 1981 and 1982 football seasons.
Kevin devoted his entire professional career to Rochester Gauges, Inc. and Gas Equipment Company of Dallas. Along with his father, Jack, brother, Rick, and cousin, Skeeter, Kevin continued as one of the third-generation family members to provide high quality measurement devices and other related products for the petrochemical market. RGI/Gas Equipment is a worldwide manufacturing company with locations in Dallas, Mexico, Belgium and China and distribution points throughout the United States. Kevin was specifically involved with operations for Rochester Gauges and continued the development of the Mexico City manufacturing division. Kevin’s love for the family business increased each passing year and he devoted himself to leaving behind a successful and stable organization for the future.
Kevin adored his wife, Amy, and children, Katie and Jack LaDue. Despite his fading energy as he battled leukemia, he made every effort to be involved in his twins’ activities. He assisted a group of Katie and her friends in establishing an independent robotics team, The Undergraduate School of Carrots, and he also sponsored Jack’s team, The Dallas Rowing Club, by purchasing a truck for transporting food and supplies to rowing events. The family enjoyed spending time together at their favorite vacation spot in Crested Butte, Colo., and they were always amused by the antics of their small pack of Jack Russell terriers. Kevin was an ardent football fan, rooting for his Dallas Cowboys and SMU Mustangs, and he was a deadeye shot with a shotgun and rifle. He enjoyed skiing, golfing and scuba diving with his best friends. Amy remained steadfast by his side throughout his many medical challenges. Kevin and Amy’s everlasting love for each other will live on through their children.
The final two years of Kevin’s life, though physically challenging, were deeply enriched by the loyal friendship of the men of 3041 Joint Venture. Other dear friends from business as well as family members comforted Kevin during very difficult and long days in the hospital. Kevin also extended his life with the help of Dr. Brian Berryman by receiving a stem cell transplant. Thanks to an anonymous stem cell donor, Kevin gained precious time with his family and friends.
Kevin was preceded in death by his father, Jack Whyte LaDue. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Demarest LaDue; wife of 22 years, Amy Burt LaDue; children, Mary Katherine “Katie” LaDue and Jack Richard LaDue; sister, Suzanne LaDue; brother, Jack Richard LaDue; nephew, Chase LaDue; niece, Parker LaDue; sister, Barbara LaDue; nephew, Matthew Nitishin and wife Brooke; nephew, Luke Nitishin; cousin, M.J. “Skeeter” LaDue, wife Cheryl and their sons, Mason, Clayton and Justin LaDue; mother and father-in law, Mary and Don Burt; sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Jon Burt; nephew, Stoker; niece, Hallie; and nephew, Jon Drew.
Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Sparkman-Hillcrest, and the memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. at Park Cities Presbyterian Church.
DKMS is an organization committed to increasing stem cell donors worldwide in the fight against blood cancer. Please see Kevin’s special link to contribute in lieu of flowers or join the registry of potential stem cell donors.