Senator Ward presents Resolution honoring late longtime Rosedale Mayor

Andrew Green agreen@postsouth.com
Some of Lawrence J. “Football” Badeaux's family members were present to receive a copy of the Resolution in honor of the late longtime Rosedale Mayor.

Louisiana Senator Rick Ward, District 17, recently presented a Resolution recognizing and honoring late longtime Rosedale Mayor Lawrence J. “Football” Badeaux during the 2017 Regular Legislative Session.

The Resolution to express condolences on behalf of the Legislature of Louisiana upon Badeaux’s passing celebrates the rich legacy of public service and accomplishments that “Football” left to his community and state.

Badeaux was recognized as the longest serving public official in Louisiana, having held the positions of mayor, town clerk, port commissioner and notary public with over 60 years of service.

“Lawrence J. Badeaux possessed a keen sense of fairness, hard work, and civic dedication;” the Resolution states.  “He won the confidence of the voters and the respect of local leaders to serve as the town clerk of Rosedale for seventeen years, its mayor for twenty-eight years, and maintenance supervisor for the municipal public works department for six years; and

“His diligence brought to fruition numerous municipal projects such as city planning, public utilities, drainage and the construction of a new Rosedale branch of the Iberville Parish Library.

“Lawrence J. Badeaux never entertained an idle moment; his enthusiasm for life and work was palpable; he was a dynamo of energy; and his effervescence and kind nature charmed all who met him.”

“Football’s” list of other public service positions includes: member and president of the Louisiana Port Commission (16 years), member of the Louisiana Asset Management Pool (15 years), board member and customer relations representative for the Louisiana Municipal Association in risk management (24 years) and as a notary public for over 50 years.

He was born September 8, 1931 in Grosse Tete and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and achieved the rank of Machinist’s Mate Petty Officer, First Class.

He was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was a Fourth Degree and Charter Grand Knight of J.D. Amedee Council No. 12068 of the Knights of Columbus.

“Football” was married to his wife Thelma Becnel Badeaux for 63 years and were blessed with eight children, 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

“Lawrence J. ‘Football’ Badeaux was an extraordinary gentleman who clearly demonstrated during his lifetime his dedication to his family, community, state, and nation,” the Resolution continues, “and upon his death on March 24, 2017 the state of Louisiana lost a unique individual who left an indelible mark upon his community and the lives of all those who knew and loved him; and who unselfishly dedicated his life to public service and the betterment of others.”