Erath 4th of July Celebration

2014Grand Marshal

Elwood LeBlanc


            Longtime community volunteer Elwood Paul LeBlanc has been selected to serve as Grand Marshal of the 68th Erath 4th of July Celebration.  He will reign over the grand parade that will roll through the streets of Erath on July 4th at 5:00 PM.

            LeBlanc is a native of Henry, and a longtime resident of Erath.  He is the son of the late Simonette and Eula Primeaux LeBlanc.  He grew up on the family farm in Henry, and graduated from Henry High School on May 29, 1956.  LeBlanc worked in the oilfield and construction business for most of his life, before going to work for the Vermilion Parish School Board.  He retired as the head custodian at Henry High School on May 29, 2004, exactly 48 years to the day that he graduated from that school. 

            LeBlancís passion for donating his time began at a young age.  He served as an altar boy at St. John Catholic Church for 19 years.  He proudly served his country in the National Guard, 156th Infantry 256 Battalion of Louisiana for nine and a half years.  LeBlanc has been a very active member of the Knight of Columbus, Council 3872, since joining the organization in 1960.  He became a member of the Rev. A.J. Braquet 4th Degree Knight of Columbus Assembly in 1981.  He served as Grand Knight of the Erath Knight of Columbus in 1984 and 1986, District Deputy for four years, and as Faithful Navigator of the 4th Degree Assembly.  He has been chairman of the Erath Knights of Columbus Blood Drive since 1999, and was honored by United Blood Service of Acadiana for his service.  He was also chairman of the annual Tootsie Roll Sales Campaign that was sponsored by the Erath Knight of Columbus.  All proceeds from the sale of these Tootsie Rolls benefited the Bares Ranch (Vermilion ARC). 

            LeBlanc has served on the Board of Directors of the Erath 4th of July Association since the early 1980s.  He was in charge of Erath 4th of July Baby Pageant for many years, and helped out with any task that needed to be done to make the festival a success.  LeBlanc also served on the Board of Directors of the Erath Community Building Association and served as the manager of that building for 18 years. 

            LeBlanc is a longtime volunteer for the Acadian Museum is Erath, and served as coordinator of the Living Legend at the museum for many years.  He is a member of the Erath Backers Club, Erath Century Club, Vermilion Parish Cattlemanís Association, and served as Boy Scout Coordinator for Troop 82 in Erath.  LeBlanc is a member of La Famille de LeBlanc, and served that organization as Vice President.  He is also an Honorary Member of the Henry Volunteer Fire Department.

            LeBlanc is a true public servant.  Countless organizations and individuals were the beneficiary of his kindness through the years.  If there was work to do, he was always the first person there to help.  He helped to raise thousands of dollars for organizations over the years by selling tickets for benefit dinners.  For his efforts, he was honored by the Knight of Columbus as Citizen of the Year and was inducted into the Order of Living Legends by the Acadian Museum of Erath. 

            LeBlanc was married to the late Beverly Jane Suire of Erath for 41 years.  They have one daughter, Bettina LeBlanc Desormeaux, and two granddaughters, Brittany and Callie Desormeaux.

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