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Photograph: Dallas Leger

Those who recall their social and political relationships with Dallas Leger say the longtime St. Landry Parish elected official was someone who seldom allowed a difference of opinion to affect him personally or deter a chance to establish a friendship.

“It seemed like every time you saw him, he always had a joke or a story to tell. You could say too that Dallas was definitely one of a kind,” noted St. Landry Parish president Jessie Bellard.

Leger, 86, whose funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. inside Sibille Funeral Chapel in Opelousas, also had an extensive and varied elected and appointed political career that included police chief for the Town of Washington, a member of the Krotz Springs Port Commission, St. Landry Parish Police Jury and the 10-year commissioner of the District 4 Road Tax Commission.

District 5 St. Landry Parish Council member Harold Taylor described Leger as “one of those old fashioned politicians. Dallas was definitely a legend and the type of guy who was always all smiles when you met up with him. Even though you would vote in opposition to something that he wanted passed or wanted to do, he would always seem to not take that personally if you voted against it,” said Taylor.

Wayne Ardoin, who represents District 9 on the Council, also served a term on the Police Jury when Leger represented District 4.

“I was in Port Barre earlier (on Wednesday) and people there were talking about how Dallas was the type of guy who would help a lot of people. I know from experience that Dallas was concerned about taking care of the people in his own district,” said Ardoin.

Ardoin said Leger was also instrumental in getting a road maintenance tax passed in District 4.

There was additionally Leger’s outgoing personality, which Ardoin said always seemed engaging.

“You could best describe Dallas, or Big D as we liked to call him, as comical. He was certainly a good-spirited person and when you talked to him, he was always full of jokes,” said Ardoin.

Bellard said Leger also seemed to maintain a physical stamina that appeared dominant despite Leger’s age.

“He was always doing something. You look at his age and you have to admire the fact that he was always working outdoors. He never stopped being active,” said Bellard.

In his post on the Sibille Funeral Home tribute wall, Opelousas attorney Leslie Schiff said he always relished delving into conversations with Leger.

“We will miss you, old friend. Your smiling face and encouraging words are deep in our memory. Morning coffee with you was always a great start for the day,” Schiff wrote.

A detailed obituary for Leger can be found by accessing the Sibille Funeral Home website link on the St. Landry Now website.