Nelson J. Menard passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017 of heart failure at the age of 70. Nelson was a native of Abberville, LA and resident of Kenner, LA until his time of death. He was survived by his lovely wife of 50 years Frankie Farmer Menard and their two children Nelson Menard Jr. and Crishella Menard(Jude). He is also survived by three grandsons Charlie Menard, Rocco and Enzo Marullo, sisters Audrey Bourque (Roy), Velta O’Brien, Willis Menard (Blue), godchild Kyla Romero and other nieces, nephews and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Paul and Delta Roy Menard, in laws Ocie Lee and Vernice Farmer and a brother in law Danny O’Brien. He was a jockey for 30 plus years, being leading rider and winning many titles. At present time, he was Clerk of Sales at the Fair Grounds. Nelson was deputy with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff Department for over 20 years. A job he loved and enjoyed. He considered them family and friends. His hobbies were fishing, spending time with grandchildren and family. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Celebration of Life Service at the New Orleans Fair Grounds, the Paddock, 1751 Gentilly Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70119 on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 11:30AM. Visitation will begin at 11:00AM. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.