Apr 25, 2014 5:33 PM by Dave Fields
Family members of Jerry Meaux, long-time Louisiana Racing Commission (LRC) Chairman and SLEMCO executive, reached out to the community Friday to extend their gratitude.
"Thank you for the support and keep saying the prayers," said Steve Meaux, Jerry's oldest son, who added that his siblings' "phones have not stopped ringing" with expressions of sympathy and remembrances of their father. The eldest sibling said that it was apparent how much his father was loved by the community, friends, and family.
Meaux grew up in the Judice community, his son said, and attended what was then Judice High, which later merged with Scott High to become Acadiana High School. Meaux also was a graduate of USL (now UL) and was even a student coaching assistant under former head coach Beryl Shipley.
Meaux's son told KATC that his father had two loves--besides his family, friends, and community, of course--and those were basketball and horses. Meaux passed on that passion for horses to his kids, his son said, and that will be part of Meaux's legacy as well.
The lifelong horseman's passing also prompted reactions and expressions of grief from friends and colleagues in addition to those of his family.
During his lifetime, Meaux had served on the SLEMCO board for 32 years, 22 of which he had served as its president. Meaux also presided over the SLEMCO Electric Foundation, which provides grants to needy individuals through the company's Operation Round-Up program.
"The Racing Commission has lost its leader, a colleague, and good friend. The racing industry has lost a giant," said Charlie Gardiner, LRC's executive director.
"The Louisiana Racing Commission is shocked and saddened by the death of its chairman, Jerry Meaux. Jerry was a special man, and personally, was like a father to me. He dedicated his life to his wife, his family, and to the industry that he loved and lived for, horseracing. When the history of Louisiana horseracing is written, Jerry Meaux will have his own chapter," Gardiner explained.
Two visitations will be held at Delhomme Funeral Home, the first being on Sunday, April 27, from 2:00p.m. - 9:00p.m. The second will happen on Monday, April 28, from 9:00am - 1:00pm. A Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Funeral services will be held at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist immediately after the second visitation on Monday at 1:00p.m.