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Francis F. Dugas, Sr.
Louisiana State Representative for Lafourche Parish

In office
1956–1960
Preceded by R. J. Soignet

Dick Guidry

Succeeded by Dudley A. Bernard

Woolen J. Falgout

Personal details
Born (1919-06-09)June 9, 1919
Rayne, Acadia Parish
Louisiana, USA
Died September 8, 2008(2008-09-08) (aged 89)
Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish
Louisiana
Resting place St. Joseph Cemetery in Thibodaux, Louisiana
Political party Democrat/later/Republican
Spouse(s) Doris Valentine Bergeron Dugas
Children Bridgett Dugas Harris

Bernadette Frances Dugas
Francis "Rocky" Dugas, Jr.

Residence Thibodaux, Louisiana
Alma mater Louisiana College

Louisiana State University Law Center

Occupation Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholicism
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy

Francis F. Dugas, Sr. (June 9, 1919 - September 2, 2008),[1] was initially a Democratic politician and attorney from Thibodaux, Louisiana. However, he changed his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican during the Ronald Reagan presidency.

BackgroundEdit

Born in Rayne in Acadia Parish in South Louisiana,[2] Dugas was one of eight children of Ulysse and Louise Dugas. He was reared in Thibodaux in Lafourche Parish. Dugas wrote of his parents: "[We] were born and reared on a farm. Although [our] mother and father lacked formal education, they were endowed with an abundance of courage and foresight which provided the strength and determination necessary to guide all of their children through the hallowed halls of knowledge."[3]

A Roman Catholic, Dugas received his Bachelor of Arts from Southern Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College in Pineville and his L.L.B. from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. From 1943 to 1946, he served in the United States Navy. He was affiliated with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Kiwanis International.[4]

Political lifeEdit

From 1956 to 1960, during the administration of Governor Earl Kemp Long, Dugas served for a single term in the Louisiana House of Representatives from Lafourche Parish.[5] In 1963, Dugas ran for lieutenant governor on the intraparty ticket of a Long opponent, former Governor Robert F. Kennon, formerly of Minden in Webster Parish in North Louisiana.[6] Both Kennon and Dugas lost their respective races. The governorship went to John McKeithen of Columbia in Caldwell Parish in north Louisiana; the lieutenant governorship to incumbent Taddy Aycock, also a former Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives from Franklin in St. Mary Parish in south Louisiana.[7]

Dugas familyEdit

Dugas and his wife, the former Doris Valentine Bergeron (1922-2001), had two daughters, Bridgett Dugas Harris (born 1942) of Thibodaux and Bernadette Frances Dugas (born 1948) of Thibodaux in Lafourche Parish, and a son, Francis "Rocky" Dugas, Jr. (born April 1953) of Thibodaux. The Dugas' third daughter, Celeste, died at birth in 1964. Dugas died in 2008 at the age of eighty-nine in Thibodaux and is interred there at St. Joseph Cemetery at 949 Menard Street.[2]

Dugas was predeceased by a grandson, Jacob Meade Dugas (1977-2002), a great-granddaughter, Jada Frances Dugas (2002-2004),[1] and all four of his brothers, including Colonel Meade J. Dugas (1909-1965),[2] a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and a decorated soldier of World War II and the Korean War. Dugas referred to his oldest brother as "a constant inspiration, a 'big brother' who was splendid in every way — a gentleman, a scholar, and a soldier who never compromised his honor or his dedication to duty."[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Francis Dugas, Sr.". findagrave.com. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Dugas&GSfn=Francis&GSby=1919&GSbyrel=in&GSdy=2008&GSdyrel=in&GSst=20&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=101397757&df=all&. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Francis Dugas, Sr.". tri-parishtimes.com. http://www.tri-parishtimes.com/obituaries/article_ca780f0b-b885-52a0-a297-61a868ada71c.html. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Meade J. Dugas". westpointaog.org. http://apps.westpointaog.org/Memorials/Article/10167/. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  4. Lake Charles American-Press, December 3, 1963, p. 26
  5. "Membership of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2016 (Lafourche Parish)". house.louisiana.gov. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141006105414/http://house.louisiana.gov/H_PDFdocs/HouseMembership_History_CURRENT.pdf. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  6. Lake Charles American-Press, November 10, 1963, p. 7
  7. Shreveport Times, January 12, 1964, p. 1
Preceded by
Dick Guidry

R. J. Soignet

Louisiana State Representative for Lafourche Parish

Francis F. Dugas, Sr.
(Alongside Eugene G. Gouaux)
1956—1960

Succeeded by
Dudley A. Bernard

Woolen J. Falgout

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