Who was Raymond Blanco? Kathleen Blanco's husband, 87, Obituary and Death Cause, Family

Who was Raymond Blanco? Kathleen Blanco’s husband, 87, Obituary and Death Cause, Family

Raymond Blanco was a football coach, dean of students, and an unstoppable force of nature. The family of Raymond Blanco confirmed his death on Saturday in Lafayette.

He was best known for serving as the First Gentleman of Louisiana while his wife Kathleen was governor.

In declining health, he was 87 years old.

For many years, Blanco lived dual lives, supporting and advising his wife’s political career while also working as an administrator at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The state’s first and only female governor, Kathleen Blanco, presided from 2004 to 2008. 2019 saw her passing.

When they were alone together in a private setting, Raymond Blanco’s loud, outspoken voice could overpower his wife because she hardly ever raised her voice. He didn’t mind, though, staying out of the spotlight while his wife was governor and sought the government.

He would often compliment her strength by saying, “She’s tough.”

Friends referred him Blanco as “Coach” and thought he had one of Louisiana’s sharpest political wits. But he insisted that his wife, who finished the event, deserves all the glory.

He stated, referring to one of the greatest racehorses of all time, “She’s like Seabiscuit.

Some analysts believed Raymond Blanco would have a significant role in leading the state administration after Kathleen’s victory.

That idea was mocked by him and everyone who knew him.

“I go to one meeting a week and that’s it for me,” Blanco told Times-Picayune reporter Elizabeth Mullener at the time. “I don’t call meetings; I don’t participate. I think it’s so much wasted time. If I’ve got to tell you something, I don’t need a meeting to do it.

“In the last few weeks, Kathleen has talked to 144 legislators. That requires tremendous discipline. I couldn’t sit in a room with four of them, much less 144.”

“He is half James Carville, half Bear Bryant and half Zorba the Greek,” Mullener wrote in a 2004 profile. “And anyone who thinks that’s too many halves hasn’t met Raymond Blanco.

“Blanco is a big man. Big in every way. Big of girth, big of spirit, big of heart, big of intellect. Very big of voice.

“He is boisterous and expansive, colorful and earthy, irrepressible and sentimental. He loves to have a houseful of people, he loves to cook, to eat, to fish and hunt. And above all else, he loves to argue.”

Raymond Blanco’s Early life

Raymond Blanco was born on August 16, 1935, in the USA. Blanco was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, the son of a Spanish immigrant who worked as a tool and knife sharpener.

Raymond Blanco Family

He was raised by his Italian mother to be a devout Catholic and to be willing to stand up for social and racial justice. Before relocating to New Iberia, Blanco played football in Kansas. There, he coached Catholic High to its first football state championship.


In 1958, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and political science from the then-St. Benedict’s College in Atchison, Kansas (which is now a division of Benedictine College).

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Raymond Blanco’s Personal Life

Raymond Blanco was married to Kathleen Marie Blanco from 1964 til her death of Kathleen in 2019. The couple had 6 children together. He first met Kathleen in a party in the year 1962. At that time Kathleen was 19 years old.

Raymond Blanco Wife

From January 2004 through January 2008, American politician Kathleen Marie Blanco presided as Louisiana’s 54th governor. She was the first and only woman to be elected governor of the state, and she was a member of the Democratic Party.