Jesse C. Deen

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Jesse C. Deen
Louisiana State Representative for
District 9 (Bossier and Webster parishes)
In office
May 1972 – March 1988
Preceded by Ford E. Stinson
Succeeded by Billy Montgomery
Member of the Bossier Parish Police Jury
In office
1960 – May 1972
Personal details
Born Jesse Claude Deen
(1922-04-24)April 24, 1922
Eros, Louisiana, U.S.
Died December 7, 2015(2015-12-07) (aged 93)
Bossier Parish, Louisiana
Resting place Rose-Neath Cemetery in Bossier City, Louisiana
Political party Democrat-later-Republican
Spouse(s) Evelyn Young Deen (married 1947-2015, his death)
Children

Former Bossier Parish Sheriff Larry Deen, 3 others

Twelve grandchildren
Residence Rocky Mount Community
Alma mater

Montgomery (Louisiana) High School
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

University of Arkansas
Occupation Educator
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Battles/wars World War II stateside service

Jesse Claude Deen (April 24, 1922 – December 7, 2015) was an American educator and politician from Bossier Parish, Louisiana, who served as a Democrat in the Louisiana House of Representatives for primarily Bossier Parish from 1972 to 1988. At times, he also represented a small portion of neighboring Webster Parish.[1]

Background[edit]

Deen was born in 1922 at rural Eros in Jackson Parish in North Louisiana[2] and reared in the Hargis community in Grant Parish north of Alexandria. He was one of five children of Marion Claude Deen (1889-1973), a native of Atlanta in Winn Parish native, and the former Minnie E. Durham (1888-1974), both of whom are interred at the Hargis Baptist Church Cemetery.[3][4]

In 1940, Deen graduated from Montgomery High School in Montgomery, a town in northwestern Grant Parish. After service in the United States Navy in both San Diego and Long Beach, California during World War II, Deen earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, then known as Southwestern Louisiana Institute of Liberal and Technical Learning, located in Lafayette. Later, he procured a Master of Science from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas.[5] He did further graduate study at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, then known as Northeast Louisiana University.[3]

Political life[edit]

In 1948, Deen came to Bossier Parish to work as a coach and principal at the Rocky Mount School in the Rocky Mount community. He remained principal until 1972.[3] In 1960, he was elected to the Bossier Parish Police Jury, the parish governing body akin to the county commission in other states, on which he served until 1972.[5]

Deen was first elected to the state House to succeed the retiring Ford E. Stinson, of Benton, the Bossier Parish seat of government, in the general election held on February 1, 1972. He and Walter O. Bigby, a lawyer from Bossier City, defeated the single Republican candidate, Glenn Earl Clark, Sr. (1924-2011), a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and a retired United States Air Force master sergeant and businessman in Bossier City.[6] Voters chose two candidates from the three-man field. Clark finished a weak third with about one-third of the ballots cast even as the Republican gubernatorial candidate, David C. Treen, won a majority of the vote in Bossier Parish.[7] Deen won his last legislative term in 1983 without opposition.

Representative Deen served for eight years on the House Appropriations Committee. He also sat on the House and Governmental Affairs and Transportation committees. He was vice chairman for four years of the House Retirement committee and for eight years of the Education Committee. He helped to establish and chaired the Rural Caucus in the state legislature.[3]

Long after he left the legislature, Deen switched his party allegiance to Republican.[2][8]

Personal life[edit]

Deen was married for sixty-eight years to the former Evelyn Young. Her parents were the late Casper Callaway Young, a Bossier Parish native, and the former Cardille Jones, who was originally from Simsboro in Lincoln Parish. There are four Deen children, including Larry Callaway Deen.[5][3] Larry Deen, a Democrat-turned-Republican,[9] is a former sheriff of Bossier Parish.[10]

Deen was a trustee of the Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport.[11] He also served on the boards of the Bodcau Soil and Water Conservation District and the Shreveport Bossier Vocational School. He was a charter member of the Bossier Parish sheriff's posse. He was a deacon of the Cypress Baptist Church in Benton.[3] He died at the age of 93 on December 7, 2015 in the Rocky Mount Community. He is interred at Rose-Neath Cemetery in Bossier City.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Membership of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2016 (Bossier and Webster parishes)" (PDF). house.louisiana.gov. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 6, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Click Jesse Deen, April 1922". voterportal.sos.la.gov. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Jesse Deen obituary". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Marion Claude Deen". Winn Parish Enterprise News-American in findagrave.com. April 4, 1973. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Jesse Claude Deen, July 2, 2003". archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Glenn E. Clark". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  7. ^ Louisiana Secretary of State, General election returns, February 1, 1972
  8. ^ The Louisiana Secretary of State Voter Portal includes only the names of living persons; upon death, the name is struck from the listing.
  9. ^ "Click Larry Deen, September 1948". voterportal.sos.la.gov. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Results for Election Date: 10/22/2011 (Bossier Parish Sheriff)". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Jesse C. Deen". people.equilar.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
Preceded by
Ford E. Stinson
Louisiana State Representative for
Bossier and Webster parishes

Jesse Claude Deen
(Alongside R. Harmon Drew, Sr., Bruce M. Bolin, Walter O. Bigby, and Robert R. Adley)
1972—1988

Succeeded by
Billy Montgomery