By Michael Addison - email
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Former Louisiana Gov. Dave Treen has died at age 81.
Treen became the state's first Republican governor since Reconstruction when he was elected in 1979. Treen's son, David C. Treen Jr., said Treen died early Thursday of complications from a respiratory illness at East Jefferson General Hospital in a New Orleans suburb.
Governor Bobby Jindal released this statement about the passing of Treen:
"Louisiana has lost a visionary leader and a tireless advocate for our state, with the passing of Governor Dave Treen. Governor Treen was a true statesman with a servant's heart, and his desire to improve our state was only surpassed by his kindness and humility. Our state will forever bear the mark of his decades of work and while he will be missed as a friend, a father, and a public servant, he will always live on in our history and most importantly, our hearts."
Governor Jindal has order that the flags at the Louisiana Capitol be flown at half-staff in remembrance of former Governor Treen.
The state released their plans on Friday for memorializing Treen. You can view the press release from Baton Rouge by clicking here.