Lucien Paul Laborde

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A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for Lucien Paul Laborde on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Moreauville. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie. The family requests that friends and family visit with them at their home, 216 Old LA Highway 1 – Hamburg, LA 71339, from 4 – 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Lucien Paul Laborde was born to Cliffe Edward and Hilda Moreau Laborde in Vinton, LA on April 5, 1918. He passed away at his residence on Friday, August 28, 2015 surrounded by his family. They returned to their native Marksville in the depression era, where Mr. Cliffe was Superintendent of Avoyelles Parish Schools. Lucien graduated as Salutatorian of Marksville High in 1933, was elected State President of Louisiana Future Farmers of America, and was the first recipient of the American Farmer Degree from Louisiana. Lucien attended Louisiana State University, graduating Cum Laude with a B. S. in Agronomy and Animal Husbandry in 1937. While at LSU, he served as President of AGR Fraternity, President of the College of Agriculture, President of ODK Leadership Honor Society, Business Manager of the 1937 LSU Gumbo, and Commander of the Corps of Cadets. He served in the U. S. Army infantry during World War II as an officer in the 115th Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. He landed on Omaha Beach the morning of D-Day, also fighting the hedgerows of Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, and the crossing of the Rhine at Julich, Germany. He retired from the Army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, having been decorated with the Bronze Star, the French Croix De Guerre, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the Distinguished Unit Citation Award. He returned to Avoyelles Parish to establish Hamburg Mills Farm, where, as a registered plant breeder, he produced and marketed improved varieties of White Dutch and Red Clover, and developed a commercial cow-calf operation. He was a life member and past President of the Avoyelles Cattleman's Association, life member of the Louisiana Cattlemen's Association, and President of the Louisiana Forage Council. He was named ""Outstanding Conservation Farmer"" in Avoyelles Parish in 1966, 1968, 1975, and 1985, and ""Avoyellean of the Year"" in 1991. Lucien served as a director on numerous boards, including that of the Pan American Life Insurance Company in New Orleans. He was active for many years as a lay minister of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Moreauville, where he was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and Knight Commander of the Order of Fleur de Lis. He was a long time Co-Captain of Manresa House of Retreats. Always supporting LSU, he served as President of the LSU College of Agriculture Alumni Association, President of the LSU International Alumni Association, Director of the LSU Foundation, first President of the LSU-A Foundation, and Co-Chairman of the LSU War Memorial Commission. He and wife, Peggy, sponsored Top 100 scholarships at LSU, and funded professorships at both LSU and LSU-A. He was inducted into the LSU Hall of Distinction in 1986. In 1991, Lucien was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree in Agriculture from LSU. Earlier this year, he was inducted to membership in the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hilda M. and Cliffe E. Laborde, Sr.; two brothers, Alden Laborde and C. E. Laborde, Jr. and a sister, Marguerite ""Tappy"" LeBlanc. Lucien married Peggy Lynn Nolin in 1948, his wife and love of 67 years. They have four children, Laura Laborde Dauzat and husband, Ruben, of Marksville, Lucien ""Luke"" P. Laborde, Jr. and wife, Sonja, of Baton Rouge, Janine Laborde Williams and husband, Joe, of Austin, TX and Thomas Laborde and wife, Ann, of Hamburg. He is also survived by his brother, John P. Laborde and wife, Sylvia, of New Orleans; twelve grandchildren, Walker Thomas Dauzat, Jennifer D. Lovelace, Julia D. Grunewald, Andrea L. Barbier, Casey Laborde, James Laborde, Victoria Laborde, John Thomas Laborde, Sarah L. Laborde, Michelle Laborde, Kimberly W. Costello and Grant Williams and ten great grandchildren, Kate Dauzat, W. T. Dauzat, Rylee Lovelace, Jack Lovelace, Lucie Grunewald, Anna Grunewald, Indie Barbier, Adele Laborde, Lucien Costello and Colin Costello. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the LSUA Foundation, P.O. Box 100, Lecompte, LA 71346 or the LSU Foundation, 3838 West Lakeshore Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808. www.melanconfunerals.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 29 to Aug. 31, 2015
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