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Don Breaux, former Lafayette Parish sheriff, dead at 87



LAFAYETTE, La. (ENN) -- Donald J. Breaux, 87, a former Lafayette Parish sheriff and city marshal, passed away early on Wednesday.


Breaux passed away "peacefully" on Wednesday morning at 10:45 in the company of his loved ones, according to his family.


Before enlisting in the Louisiana State Police in 1962, Breaux started his law enforcement career with the Lafayette Police Department. Breaux began his career with the State Police as a trooper and rose to the rank of lieutenant in the LSP Intelligence Section and commander of the LSP Regional Narcotics Division. In 1980, he left the state police.


He replaced Dallas Broussard as Lafayette City Marshal in 1981. After that, in 1983, Breaux ran for Lafayette Parish Sheriff, a post he held until his retirement in 2000.

In addition to his work in law enforcement, Sheriff Breaux chaired the National Sheriffs' Drug Enforcement Commission and was a past president and member of the Louisiana State Troopers Association. The American Legion and the Boy Scouts both gave him awards. He was inducted as one of Acadiana's Living Legends into The Acadian Museum in Erath in 2015.


Breaux, a Lafayette native, is survived by his 63-year-wife, the former Anna Belle Richard, sons Frank and Julie, Tim and Monique, Mike, and his wife Mary, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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