Opelousas– A funeral service will be held for Joseph Dallas Leger on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. in the Sibille Funeral Home Chapel. Deacon Dwayne Joubert will conduct the service. Rite of Committal will follow in the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Washington.
Dallas, age 86, entered into eternal rest on Monday, June 27, 2022, at his residence in Washington.
Dallas was a lifelong resident of Washington and a proud Veteran who served in the US Air Force. He spent many years in public service, first in his role as Chief of Police for the town of Washington for 25 years. Dallas then served as a member of the St. Landry Police Jury (now known as the St. Landry Parish Government) for 4 years and as a Supervisor for Public Works District #10 for 10 years. He also served as a Washington Town Council Member for 4 months. Dallas was a former Commissioner at the Port of Krotz Springs for 4 years, from 2012-2016 and, at the time of his death, was currently serving in this capacity once again.
In the private sector, Dallas was the owner and operator of “Big D Dirt Services” for 10 years.
He took pride in his professional accomplishments as they were a means for serving others and giving back to his community as Dallas well as providing for his beloved family.
Dallas’s joie de vivre was contagious! He never met a stranger, loved to joke, and he was always the life of any party he gave or attended. His reputation of being a good friend and neighbor to all was well known – his door was always open and he was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He loved being outdoors, for work or play, and he and JoAnn loved camping in their RV. In his spare time, Dallas loved to play poker and enjoyed staying on top of current events, especially politics. One of his favorite hobbies was watching FOX News to keep up with his “political best friend” Donald Trump.
Dallas was, more than anything, a devoted husband and family man. His greatest joy was spending time with his beloved JoAnn, their children and grandchildren. He loved nothing more than being surrounded by his family and took great pleasure in daily family gatherings as well as elaborate ones, be it for a special occasion, an evening “camp supper” or for an LSU game. On any given afternoon, he could be found between his home or that of one of the children, always busy and always surrounded by family and friends. Dallas was truly one of a kind and he will be greatly missed by many.
Dallas is survived by his wife of 47 years, JoAnn Leger of Washington, children, Luke Leger, Stephanie Latour (Mitch), Tammy Fontenot (Ted), Ricky Thibodeaux (Lindzey), and Toddy Thibodeaux, brothers, Lionel “Dago” Leger and Roland Leger, grandchildren, Brandon Breaux (Krystle), Gavin Latour (Jill), Drew Latour, Joshua Fontenot (Raquel), Dexter Fontenot, (Jami), Jason Leger, Matt Leger (Lauren), Ellie Leger, Brandi Ledoux, Ross Ledoux (Zara), Mindy Romero (Josh), Nicole Daigle (Josh), Shylo James, Jozee Thibodeaux, and Payzlee Richard 22 great grandchildren.
Dallas is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Edith Leger, son, Dallas “Shorty” Leger, Jr., sisters, Lillian Ainsworth and Emma Lou McCabe, great granddaughter, Roe Brandi Fontenot.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Sibille Funeral Home in Opelousas. The rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday evening. The funeral home will reopen on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until time of service.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Breaux, Joshua Fontenot, Dexter Fontenot, Matt Leger, Gavin Latour, and Brennan Ledoux.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Devin Breaux, Ross Ledoux, Jason Leger, Shylo James Leger, and Drew Latour.
Words of Comfort for the family may be expressed at www.sibillefuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sibille Funeral Home of Opelousas.