In Memory


Joe LaChance

Joseph “Joe” Stanley LaChance

January 12, 1958 – February 5, 2023

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joseph “Joe” Stanley LaChance on February 5, 2023. Born on January 12, 1958, Joseph lived a full and vibrant life, always with a warm smile on his face. A loving and devoted father and grandfather, his love for his family, especially his grandchildren, was matched only by his love for life itself. His contagious energy inspired everyone around him, and his infectious laughter could light up a room. Joseph will be deeply missed by his children and grandchildren, who will always cherish the memories they made with him. His love, his laughter, and his unwavering spirit will live on in their hearts forever.

Joe was preceded in death by his father, Stanley LaChance.

He is survived by his mother, Nancy LaChance; brothers, Paul LaChance & John LaChance; children, Audrey Paez (A.J.), Gregory LaChance, & Cory LaChance; Grandchildren, Jeremiah LaChance, Kameron Paez, & Ayla Paez; special friend, Virginia Rojas; and so many other friends.

Joe was a fighter, and his greatest battle was against a respiratory illness that threatened to take his life. But on July 20, 2013, he received a double lung transplant that gave him a second chance at life, and he made the most of it. He lived each day to the fullest, and his zest for life never faded. Always seeking new adventures and experiences. On a recent 2-week trip to Nicaragua, Joe took a spill on a rented scooter and scraped up his hand. Little did he know that this mishap would lead to a blood infection that ultimately took his life.

A celebration of life will be held at the New Beginnings Church on 400 Dixie Dr in Lake Jackson, Texas, on Monday February 13 , 2023 at 4:00 p.m. The family invites anyone with a story to share to please do so during the service, as they celebrate the life and love of Joe.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you register as an organ donor or that donations be made in Joseph’s memory to the LifeGift foundation at The family would also like to extend a special thank you to the entire St. Luke’s Hospital system. Their tireless work gave us 10 more years with Joe.

Joe may have left this world, but he will always be remembered as a man who lived life to the fullest and who loved with all his heart. Rest in peace, dear Joseph, we will miss you.

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02/10/23 08:55 PM #1    

Steve Burleson

Oh my goodness. My heart goes out to his family, I had no idea about his health issues and there are NOT a lot of details posted. Lung transport.. why ? Cancer ? What type was he married etc?? . I guess  i ask questions since i am a caregiver for Kim Harmon with Mesothelioma cancer. . Joe is at peace now. I knew Joe for ever back in the day. What a great and friendly personality. This life ends and a new journey begins for his family and for his spirit. PEACE BROTHER 

02/11/23 11:19 AM #2    

Lisa Kipp

I am so saddened by the passing of Joe.   He was a joyful adventurer and brought many of us along with him while we were in high school.  I am flooded with memories of good times that we probably shouldn’t have partaken in, but I have no regrets.    

One memory that flashes in my mind whenever I have watermelon is being out with Joe trying to find something fun to do and seeing an old farm truck full of watermelons.  We followed that truck for quite a while, then, when it parked, we stopped and grabbed a watermelon.  We didn’t have a knife or a spoon, so broke it in half, each took a half then plunged our faces in.   Then laughed and laughed at what a mess we’d become.    

A group of us would go to a sailboat dock (with a very tall roof) in Clear Bay at Lake Thunderbird.   We’d swim to the dock, then climb the framing and run along the roof ridge and jump off.  Or just sit on top and party!  We had adventures at 10-mile flats, the river park, OU’s duck pond, the drive-in, anywhere we could find fun, Joe would lead the way in his old Datsun. 

In addition to bringing fun and joy to every adventure, Joe was a kind and caring friend.  I enjoyed our friendship tremendously and continue to enjoy the memories.  Rest in Peace, my friend.

02/11/23 12:33 PM #3    

Terry Eddy

RIP Joe.  My memory, never good to start with, has faded.  But my memory of Joe from my childhood remains. I think it must be because he was always a positive spirit, good energy and a smile on his face. My condolences to his family as he must have been a real gift in their lives.

02/11/23 01:17 PM #4    

Cindy McCay

Joe was a person who I mostly just "knew of" growing up, by virtue of attending all the same schools. 
A few years ago our paths crossed again on Facebook where Joe shared his experience of receiving a lung transplant. 

By chance, part of my career experience was as a Transplant Coordinator. 
I was the person who was called when someone died. 
I was the person who spoke with grieving families and, if the family determined it would be a good fit for their family, facilitated the process to donate their loved one's organs and/or tissues.
I was on the team who quietly performed the procurement of those anatomical donations in operating rooms across the state.

Joe shared his experience with me as a donor recipient, and I shared my experience with Joe, from the Transplant Coordinator perspective. I'd like to think that Joe and I learned something from each other that we would not have otherwise learned . It was emotional for both of us.

Joe exuded a soaring love and appreciation for life. I know that Joe received a good 10 additional years of life after his transplant and I wish it could have been even longer. There was a sense of magic in Joe's love affair with simply being alive; simply drawing a single breath.  I will always be grateful for my brief but impactful exchange with Joe. And I am wishing Joe's loved ones peace in the face of such loss.  


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