Longtime Rosedale Mayor Lawrence “Football” Badeaux passes away
Longtime Mayor of the Village of Rosedale in North Iberville has passed. Lawrence J. “Football” Badeaux passed peacefully at the age of 85. Badeaux dedicated nearly his entire life to the betterment of the Village of Rosedale and left behind his legacy on the history of Iberville Parish.
Following is an excerpt from an article I wrote about Mr. Badeaux in 2016:
To say Football is a key part of the history of Rosedale is no overstatement. He has served as either town clerk or mayor of the rural village since its incorporation in 1955.
After wrapping up his ninth grade year in school, Football dropped out to find a job to support his family. He later joined the Navy during the Korean War and served four years and two months. He completed his high school education while serving aboard a hospital ship, the USS Repose. He took his GED test while serving, and missed becoming an officer by one point.
“I broke my glasses the night before my test,” Badeaux laughed, “I couldn’t see what I was doing.” After his discharge in 1955, Football enrolled in business school at New Roads Memorial Area Vocational School. He was recommended to serve as Town Clerk after he graduated, a job he dutifully worked while raising a family.
He worked several jobs while simultaneously serving as Rosedale Town Clerk. Football worked in the Louisiana Senate during legislative sessions, sold insurance and automobiles, served as a member of the board of supervisors of elections, commissioner on Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission, a member of municipal and parish democratic executive committee, deputy district governor-at-large for the West Side Lions Club, president of both the Maringouin and Grosse Tete/Rosedale Lions Clubs, Vice President at large of the Louisiana Municipal Association Board of Directors, member of the Knights of Columbus, and owned and operated two convenience stores, among many other accomplishments and duties.
It is safe to assume that Football hardly had a day off.
“For many years, I have been referred to by some as the historian of Rosedale,” Badeaux wrote in the introduction to his book (“Just Call Him Football”). “I don’t think that is an accurate description of me, but because I have been so closely associated with Rosedale since its incorporation in 1955 and have been living here all of my life, I have decided, with the encouragement from many, to write the history of Rosedale for future generations.”
The book is an appropriate mixture of the history of Rosedale and the personal life of Football, a necessary combination since the two topics have been so intertwined since 1956.
He worked on his literary project off-and-on for the better part of ten years, writing mostly at night. The book was published in 2014, and Football delivered some copies to their permanent home in the Iberville Parish Library system and sold many others.
During his time as Mayor, Football was instrumental in bringing many improvements to Rosedale.
Some of these improvements include: the addition of a library, a modern fire station, maintenance system, three mini-parks, a 14-acre recreational playground, Council on Aging, increasing the budget from about $5,000 to a million, and many others.
I said it before and I will say it again: Lawrence J. “Football” Badeaux, Sr. is an Iberville Parish gem. Our condolences go out to the Badeaux family and extended family. You will be missed.