In Memoriam
Judge Allem M. Babineaux

January 25, 1925 August 23, 2004

Acadiana lost a long cherished Son, Friend and Cherished Jurist when Judge Allen M. Babineaux lost his long battle with cancer at the age of 79 on Monday, August 23, 2004. Judge Allen graduated from Carencro High School, Carencro, La. in 1941 and Southwestern Louisiana Institute (SLI) now University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1947. He then attended Loyola University School of Law where he received his law degree in 1950 whereupon he was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association in 1950. He sought and received another advanced degree from the National Collage of State Judiciary, University of Nevada in 1973.

Judge Allen was a veteran of military service having served as a Navy Corpsman in the South Pacific during World War II.

He served as a state representative from Lafayette Parish from 1956 to 1960, but among his most cherished were his awards for furthering the Acadian Culture and Heritage in his native Acadiana, even being delegate to numerous legal French organizations. He was active and was the original director and member of the executive committee of Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL). As well, the originator and promoter of the Acadian flag designed by Dr. Thomas Arceneaux, adopted by the Acadian Committee of France-Amerique on February 4, 1964 and later adopted by the Louisiana Legislature as the official flag of Acadiana. To enumerate all the accolades and laurels bestowed on our good friend would be just too long, so those that he was most proud of are repeated here.

He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Florence, and four children Mark, Doris, Elizabeth and Albert, 10 grandchildren and many cousins, aunts and uncles.

Judge Allen's dream was to attend Congrès Mondial Nova Scotia-2004 one more time but due to failing health, he could not. Allen lived just long enough to see pictures of the Congrès and it brought him joy to see old friend and the spirit of the Acadian culture alive and doing well. One of his fondest memories that he told at every opportunity was having stood on the Babineau ancestral lands in Nova Scotia and returned home with a plastic zip lock bag of soil, to him this was hallowed ground. Allen would not have wanted us to make a fuss over his passing, but rather have us gather up arms against the growing tides against the French immersion and the Acadian movement. He was a man of small statue but a very big heart and an unmatched passion for his heritage. Our lost is yet another unforgettable chapter in the history of the Acadian people. As Allen said, this year we celebrate the accomplishments of the Acadian people, the vitality of a culture and family ties that know no boundaries. We are a strong enduring people, before we leave this life, gather your heritage and pass it along to your kids and grandkids. Fight for you culture, it not you will lose it forever and so will your identity be lost.

May the Good Lord and his Angels speak only French to Judge Allen Maurice Babineaux in the place he so rightly deserves. We will never forget you, Allen.

 


Judge Allen accepting a Tribute from the Babineaux/Granger Families
for his unselfish devotion to his Acadian roots.

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