PONCHATOULA---Fourth-term Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court Julian Dufreche died Monday afternoon, following a valiant fight against cancer.
First elected as Clerk in 2003, Dufreche served three full terms in the office and was sworn in to begin his fourth four-year term in July of last year.
A former four-term mayor of the city of Ponchatoula and before that, a city councilman in his native Ponchatoula, Dufreche followed in his father’s footsteps, offering his life to public service.
At Monday night’s Tangipahoa Parish Council meeting, parish leaders remembered the longtime Clerk with a moment of silence prior to the start of their meeting.
Dufreche has been credited with a host of accomplishments, including his work with a number of local and statewide organizations. He was a supporter of the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, one of the founders of the Ponchatoula Area Recreation complex, and a former President of the Louisiana Municipal Association.
He is survived by his wife Janet, his three children, and a large extended family.
Shown here are comments by Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller, who offers prayers and condolences following Dufreche’s passing Monday night, and file footage of Dufreche’s most recent interview with ActionNews17.com in October, 2016, shortly after he announced that he was battling cancer.