Who is "Butch"
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Born on November 26, 1946, in Rayne, L.A., Butch is a 10th generation
Acadian descended from Michel Prosper Léger. He is the youngest of three
children born to Ulgere Léger and Elizabeth Trahan, tenant farmers
residing near the Ossun Community. Elizabeth died of childbirth
complications less than a day following the birth of her son. Weighing
all of five pounds at birth, he acquired this nickname in the hospital
from his sister's boyfriend (Judge Allen Babineaux). His family moved
to Lafayette when he was two, where he was brought up by his sister.
When Butch was five, his sister married Judge Babineaux, who became a
member of their household where he was joined later by a nephew and two
nieces. He grew up on the north side of Lafayette, where the judge's
parents operated a country store. This afforded him the opportunity to
learn to speak French and appreciate his Acadian heritage.
Butch attended St. Genevieve Elementary School where he participated in
city league athletics and was an altar boy. He also served as a Page in
the Louisiana Legislature for four years. He graduated from Teurlings
High School in 1964, where he lettered in four sports, was class
president, student council president, attended academic rally, was a
delegate to Pelican Boy's State and received the American Legion Award.
He completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science at USL in
1967, and received his Juris Doctor Degree from Loyola University School
of Law in 1971, after a one-year sabbatical to complete reserve military
training. He was admitted to the Bar in October, 1971, and since then,
has been actively engaged in the private practice of law, presently as a
partner with his nephew, Mark Allen Babineaux, in the firm of Leger and
Babineaux. He is one of a select few bilingual attorneys capable of
handling legal matters in both English and French.
Butch is married to Christine Truxillo, and together they have five
children (his- Stephanie and Brian, and hers - Amy, Stacy and Joey) and
one grandchild, Caleb.
Butch is a member in good standing of the Lafayette, LA and American Bar
Associations. He is a past officer and board member of the Rotary Club
of Lafayette, past president of the St. Genevieve - Teurlings PTO, past
chairman and member of the St. Genevieve - Teurlings School Board, past
chairman and current member of the Msgr. Teurlings Foundation, past
Commodore and current board member of the Cypremort Yacht Club, charter
member, past secretary and current president of the Richelieu Leger
Family Association; and past member of the Lafayette Parish Notarial
Commission. He was also an assistant coach in Little League baseball
and junior high basketball.
Hobbies for Butch include sailing (cruising and racing), deer hunting
and saltwater fishing. Other interests include Acadian Genealogy,
woodworking and traveling.