Erath 4th of July Celebration

2017 Grand Marshal

MC Dore



            The Erath 4th of July Association has selected M.C. Dore´ of Erath to serve as Grand Marshal of the 81st Erath 4th of July Celebration.  Dore´ was chosen as a result of his lifetime devotion to Erath schools and community.  Dore´ can always be found with a big smile on his face and a willing hand to help anyone.  He will reign over the grand parade that will roll through the streets of Erath on July 4th at 5:00 PM.

            Dore´ is the son of Maurice and Lilly Dore´ and is a lifelong resident of Erath.  He graduated with honors from Erath High School in 1951.  He enrolled at SLI (now UL Lafayette) and graduated with a degree in Vocational Agriculture in 1955.  Dore´ continued his education by earning a master’s degree from LSU in 1968 and an additional 30 hours of graduate school beyond his master’s degree. 

Dore´ began working as a vocational agriculture teacher at Erath High School in 1959.  He worked in that position for 30 years, until his retirement in 1989.  He began both the greenhouse and the shop program at Erath High.  He was the sponsor of the Future Farmers of America organization and trained countless students in judging and parliamentary procedure.  Many of these students went on to place at the parish, district, area, and state competitions during his teaching career.  Dore´ supervised 12 student teachers in vocational agriculture.  He was awarded the Honorary State and American Farmers Degrees by the state and national Future Farmers of America in recognition of his outstanding career and agriculture department. 

            Dore´ has always given freely of his time to serve his community.  He is a lifelong parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, where he served as trustee of the parish from March 1978 to March 1989.  Every Saturday, for over 30 years, Dore´ can be found serving as an usher at 4:00 mass.  He is a charter member of the Erath Knights of Columbus, and served as grand knight from 1960-1961.  He is also a fourth-degree knight with the Rev. AJ Braquet Assembly since 1960.  Dore´ received several honors as a result of his dedication to these organizations, including Knight of the Year in 1962-1963 and 1978-1979 and Outstanding Citizen in 1963-1964.

            Dore´ volunteered his time collecting tickets at all Bobcat football home games for most of his career at Erath High School.  He has been a member of the Erath Backers Club for over 20 years and served as parliamentarian for the organization for many years.  He has been a very active member of the organization over the years, assisting with fundraisers and serving on various committees.  Dore´ was inducted into the Erath High School Athletic Hall of Fame as an honorary member in 2011 in recognition of all his efforts on behalf of the students at Erath High School.  Dore´ has also served on the board of directors of the Erath Community Building Association since it was incorporated in 1986.

            Since retiring in 1989, Dore´ stays busy gardening and yard work.  He continues to provide the recommended varieties of vegetable plants to members of the community from his greenhouse that he has operated for many years.  So many people in Erath have been blessed to find a shopping bag at their door full of fresh vegetables, oranges, or grapefruit.  In the bag is the calling card of the generous and humble man who brought the homegrown treats – a piece of paper with MCD handwritten across it. 

            Family has always been very important to Dore´.  His commitment to his family was recognized in 1983 by the Vermilion Parish Extension Homemakers who chose Dore´s family to be the “Great American Family” in Vermilion Parish.  Today the Dore´ family continues to spend most of their Sundays together.

Dore´ married his wife, Lucille Geoffroy Dore´, in 1958.  They are the proud parents of six children: Joddy married to David Landry, II; Jamie married to Tim Andry; Wendy married to Paul Poche´, Dana married to Randy Duplantis; Trudy married to Kevin LeBlanc; and Scott married to Casey Johnson.  They are also the proud grandparents of 11 grandchildren.

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