A Good Ride

01-Oct-2020

By: Samantha Magee

After 41 years in the oil and gas industry, Kermit Menard is officially retired. He got his start in 1979 working as a contract field welder for Amoco at Ship Shoal 219A. The Crowley, Louisiana, native made his way to Danos in 2002 and has since worked for Shell at Auger, Ursa, Perdido and Olympus, filling in at Brutus and Mars B. He completed his third assignment at Ursa, his final assignment, on September 28.

“It’s been a good ride,” he says.

In addition to his position as warehouseman, Kermit has served as muster taker at weekly Shell safety drills and helicopter desk assistant (HDA) for flights coming and going from the platform.

Those who know Kermit add that he was a mentor to countless individuals, as well as a leader in safety.

“Kermit was a pillar in our safety culture,” said Safety Director Issac Dantin. “Not only was he an active participant in our BBS program and a vocal participant in our weekly safety call, but he played a big part in our higher-level initiatives.”

In addition, Kermit was a nominee and finalist for the 2015 Dwain “Hog” Carrell Field Employee of the Year Award, as well as contributor to the Pipeline.

When asked if he’ll miss anything about offshore life, Kermit says “After all these years, you bet.” But it probably won’t hit him for another two weeks when he would typically be headed back to Houma for crew change.

“I will be leaving a lot of friends, more like my offshore family. But I’m really looking forward to being home with my wife, Sue, of 45 years. She lovingly says we have only been married for 22.5 years—the amount of time I have been home.”

In his retirement, Kermit says he plans to be home with Sue and will likely do some “gardening, yard work, wood-working projects, honey do’s, nothing and a bit of traveling in the U.S.—wherever Sue would like to go. She has been home all this time while I have been galivanting in the oilfield,” he says.

Sue is not the only one in Crowley who will be glad to have Kermit home. Sue and Kermit are close with their two nieces and one great niece, plus they are “fill-in” grandparents to ten and counting. And Lil Bit, their Jack Russell Terrier who Kermit says is “a little girl ten pounds wet, who rescued us three years ago,” will no doubt appreciate Kermit being around more.

Kermit says that he has had blessed times at Danos, thinking specifically of when Sue needed emergency gallbladder surgery. He called Scott Theriot to let him know that he would not make crew change, and Scott told him not to worry. If Scott couldn't find someone to fill in, he would do it in his place. Scott told Kermit to take care of his wife and to let him know when he was ready to go back to work.

“Wow,” says Kermit, “I think of this each time someone asks me for help, and I pay it forward.” 

He has had plenty of good times as well, recalling one Safety Focus when Eric Danos let him think he was sitting next to Paul Danos.

“The MC said, ‘Would Mr. Eric Danos please come up to say a few words, and the guy sitting next to me gets up headed to the stage… The guy I was calling Paul the whole morning was Eric LOL… priceless.”

He also recalls with fondness the thoughtfulness of Hank Danos calling to congratulate and thank him with each work anniversary or milestone.

“Thank you everyone I have ever met and known while working at Danos,” Kermit says. “My life has been much richer for having known you. Be safe, and stay healthy.”

Thanks to Kermit for years of service to Danos and the oil industry! His impact is best be summed up by his colleagues:

Owner Paul Danos:

“Kermit – Thank you for the impact you have had on our organization. Thanks for living the Danos purpose and values for all these years. We’ll miss you, but you have rubbed off on many. Your influence will continue.”

Safety Director Issac Dantin:

“Kermit was one of our original safety champs and helped us to develop our Work Safe Oath. His leadership in safety translated well to his work groups. Knowing that Kermit passed on so much of his safety knowledge and experience to his co-workers makes me feel comfortable that his torch has been passed without issue. Our safety team wishes him the best. With a full heart, we are thankful for the safety legacy he left with all of us at Danos!”

Danos Account Manager Derek Atkins:

“Kermit’s experience and knowledge in the materials management space will be incomparable for a long time. He has exemplified what it is to be a team player.”

Perdido Warehouseman Brett Bagwell:

“I would not be where I am today if not for Kermit Menard”

Mars Warehouseman Kyle Summerlin:

“Kermit was a pleasure to work with and will be missed in the offshore family.”

GOM Expeditor Yvette Sanchez:

“Kermit has always been open and willing to train new hires. Not only on the ‘how to’ in a day to day work environment, but he would also take the time to point out the safety aspect around what the job may encounter. Kermit would promote Danos and their safety culture in meetings. He would include what type of projects Danos could bring to the table for that asset.

A lot of knowledge and years—he will be missed. I pray a long, healthy and happy retirement for Kermit.”

 

Samantha Magee

Samantha Magee joined Danos in 2018 as media relations coordinator. She serves as Danos’ point of contact for communications targeting customers and the communities where we live and work. Prior to joining Danos, she worked in education and non-profit organizations. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the University of Houston.


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