- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Former state lawmaker Edgar “Sonny” Mouton, an adviser to two governors, has died.

Delhomme Funeral Home confirmed Mouton died Thursday, saying he “passed away peacefully at his residence after a lengthy illness.” He was 86.

Visitation for Mouton is scheduled Monday and Tuesday at the funeral home in Lafayette. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

Mouton, an attorney, was elected to the state House in 1964. He then was elected to the Senate, where he served from 1966 to 1980. He also served as executive counsel to former Gov. Dave Treen and was an adviser to former Gov. Edwin Edwards.

Mouton was the principal author of the legislation that created CODOFIL, a major step forward for the preservation of the Cajun heritage. Authorities said he also was directly responsible for such projects as the Lafayette Regional Technical Vocational Institute, University Medical Center, the Cajundome and Cajun Field. In addition, funding for hundreds of miles of roads and bridges within the state were secured under his tenure.

“Edgar was a true, dedicated public servant who was probably the foremost Senate member of his time,” Billy Broadhurst, a longtime friend of Mouton, told The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1REcpY3). “If you needed something done in the Legislature, and Sonny would support and accept what you needed done, you could be assured of its success. He was a true gentleman and a loyal friend.”

Mouton also was known as a bit of a character, and he once floated a legislative proposal to name one of his colleagues the official “state fossil.”

“They don’t make folks like him anymore. He was as colorful and as intellectual a person that I’ve ever met,” said Lafayette City-Parish Mayor-President Joel Robideaux, a former legislator who recalled going to visit Mouton in 2003 when preparing his first run for state office.

“His personality wasn’t that he wanted to be a kingmaker,” Robideaux said. “He just wanted to help anybody who wanted to run for office.”

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Patsy Dauphin Mouton, and four daughters, 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

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