Erath 4th of July Celebration
1981 Grand Marshal Richard Dubois


      Richard Dubois was honored by the Erath 4th of July Celebration to serve as the 1981 Parade Grand Marshal.  Dubois is a 1953 graduate of Erath High School.  While a student at Erath High, Dubois was a member of the first football squad organized at Erath High.  The squad was a six man team, under the direction of Coach Bob Segura. 


            After graduating from Erath High School, Dubois went on to attend the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now UL Lafayette.  He is a graduate of the LSU School of Banking of the South.  He also proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corp.  Dubois has been very involved in the community of Erath throughout his life. 


            The Erath 4th of July Celebration is one event that Dubois has been involved with almost his entire life.  His involvement began in the 1950ís, and continued in to the 1990ís.  He served as the President, Vice President, and Board Member of the organization for many years.  As a Board Member of the Erath 4th of July Association, he promoted the need of a community building to be built in Erath.  The 4th of July Association saved the profits from several years of festivals, and constructed the Erath Community Building in 1987.  He went on to serve as the Treasurer of the Erath Community Building Association for many years.

            Duboisí involvement with the Erath Backers Club began when the club was organized in 1980.  It was decided that the club needed a big fundraiser that could be held annually to raise money for the student athletes of Erath High.  The annual Erath Backers Club Bar-B-Que Chicken Dinner was begun in 1982, and Dubois volunteered his time as a cook for the fundraiser for over fifteen years.  Dubois also served as both President and Board Member of the Backer Club.  Dubois was inducted into the Erath High School Athletic Hall of fame in 2005.


     Dubois served as Mayor of Erath for four years, from 1991 to 1994.  His service to his community continued as he served as Chairman of the Erath Parks and Recreation Commission, the Erath Housing Authority Board, and the Vermilion Parish Library Board of Control.  He is a proud member of the Erath Knights of Columbus, as well as the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. 


     Dubois is currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gulf Coast Bank, where he has been employed since itís inception in 1971.  He is married to the former Dolores Bolner, and they are the parents of Renee, Ann, Yvette, Camille, and Richard, Jr.  They are also the proud grandparents of nine. 

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