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David Ortego holds a photograph of his uncle, Murphy Fontenot who was killed aboard the HMT Rohna during World War II, while standing beside the war memorial outside the Evangeline Parish Courthouse that bears the name of his uncle. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

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Bobbie “Doc” Deshotel is pictured in 2018 as he reminisces about the near half a century he has spent as an Evangeline Parish School Board Member by looking through a scrapbook that his granddaughter Sarah made for him. Doc was the longest serving school board member in the State of Louisiana, and he will remain the longest serving in history due to the fact that in 2008 term limits were placed on school board members. He passed away Friday, May 22, at the age of 83. (Gazette file photo)



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