Portion of La. 14 will be designated Marion ‘Butch’ Fox Memorial Highway

Published 12:36 pm Thursday, August 4, 2022

A portion of La. 14 through Jeff Davis Parish will be designated to the late Marion “Butch” Fox, a lifelong resident of Lake Arthur.

State Rep. Troy Romero announced plans Wednesday to dedicate a portion of La. 14 from La. 380 to Fourth Street in Lake Arthur as the Marion “Butch” Fox Memorial Highway.

Highway signs are currently being made and will be unveiled during a public dedication at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at the Regatta Seafood and Steakhouse Restaurant in Lake Arthur.

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Known as a trailblazer and visionary by those who knew her, Fox was the president/CEO of the Jeff Davis Parish Economic Development, Tourism Commission and Chamber of Commerce. She died of COVID-19 complications in 2020 at the age of 74.

Romero said Fox is being recognized for the tourism and economic development contributions to Jeff Davis Parish and Southwest Louisiana, particularly with the scenic Flyway Byway, a 55-mile scenic cycling, walking and driving trail through rural parts of the parish.

“I think that this is a true honor for this woman because she loved this town and she loved Jeff Davis Parish and she did a really wonderful job,” Romero said. “We miss her greatly.”

Fox was involved in the economic development and tourism industry for over 30 years serving at several convention and visitors bureaus and as the marketing director for the Louisiana Office of Tourism and deputy under secretary for International Business Development for the Louisiana Office of Economic Development.

She also served as an advocacy chair for the Louisiana Travel Association and Louisiana Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau and had just completed her term on the Internal Board of Commerce at the time of her death. She also served on the Louisiana District Export Council Board, the Jennings American Legion Hospital Advisory Board, the Christus St. Patrick’s Hospital Foundation Board, the I-10 Task Force and was chairman of the 2020 Census Committee for Jeff Davis Parish. She was also the former executive director of the Jeff Davis Parish Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.