CHS Mourns the Loss of Grizzly Great Dominick “Denny” Losavio ’45
Dominick íÍDennyíñ Losavio, a 1945 graduate of Catholic High and a Grizzly Great, died on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
Denny began his career at Catholic High as a seventh grader in 1939. By his freshman year, he had proven himself to be a good student as well as a good athlete. As a 14 year old freshman, Denny got his first taste of varsity football action.
By his junior year, Denny was one of the finest lineman in the city playing guard on both offense and defense and was named to the All-City team. His coach at the time, Joe McCarron, remembered Denny as íÍthe hardest worker on the team; a great offensive blocker and a quiet leader who led by his example.íñ
Losavio was also a basketball star and played on the 1943-1944 team that advanced to the state tournament at LSU where the team defeated Thibodeaux before eventually losing to Jesuit.
Dennyí´s athletic career at Catholic High was cut short during his senior year when he was called into active duty in the Army during World War II. While in the army, he had the opportunity to play with a division team that played against the other Army teams. The teams were composed of many former college players and would be the equivalent of a semi-pro team today.
Losavio and his family were owners of the Highland Laundry and Cleaners for nearly forty years. Once the business was sold, he continued working as both track official and game marshal for nearly all major LSU sporting event for nearly 30 years.
Losavio was preceeded in death by his wife of 40 years, Rose Marie Ferrara. He is survived by his wife of 20 years Marie Theresa íÍPiperíñ Higginbotham and children Samuel Losavio í´69, Dennis Losavio í´67, Margaret Losavio Jolly, Stephen Losavio í´73 and Thomas Losavio í´74. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.