Man who opened first McDonald’s in Lafayette dies; employed tens of thousands over the years _lowres

Ed Krampe

Ed Krampe, an Acadiana philanthropist and restaurateur who opened his first McDonald’s more than 40 years ago and over the years employed tens of thousands people, died early Thursday of an apparent heart attack.

He was 75.

Krampe was president of McDonald’s of Acadiana. He also was an investor in several other restaurants and had business interests in real estate development, construction and communications.

Krampe also served on a number of boards as a volunteer.

Recently, Krampe appeared on a KATC news piece about his family’s plans concerning the first McDonald’s in Lafayette, which was opened in 1971 at Northeast Evangeline Thruway and Willow Street.

Krampe said McDonald’s of Acadiana planned to demolish the structure and build a modern McDonald’s in its place. He said construction would begin in December.

His longtime friend and business associate, Larry Sides, said the Krampe family business has employed more than 70,000 people since Krampe moved to Lafayette in 1971 to open the first McDonald’s.

Sides said Krampe died in his sleep early Thursday.

Funeral arrangement are pending.