Educator / Civic Leader / Vietnam Veteran
A decorated Vietnam veteran, a career educator, and a recognized civic leader, Bobby Badeaux was twice elected by the citizens of his home town as a City / County (Parish) Councilman in Lafayette, LA.
Prior to beginning his professional career, however, Badeaux proudly served his nation in the U.S. Army, completing Basic Training, Leadership Training, Advanced Infantry Training, and Airborne (Paratrooper) Training, prior to graduating third in his class from the Army’s Non-Commissioned Officers School. In addition, he qualified for, and completed, the rigorous and prestigious U.S. Army’s Ranger School, prior to being deployed to active duty in Vietnam(1970 to 1972).
In addition to earning his elite Ranger Tabb and Paratrooper Wings, Badeaux was also awarded the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), Air Medal, Aircraft Crewman’s Wings, Louisiana Accommodation Medal and Louisiana Honor Medal; as well as the Vietnam Service Medal and National Defense Medal.
In addition, while proudly serving overseas, Badeaux also earned the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for extraordinarily meritorious service.
Returning to the States, he continued to serve his country in the U.S. National Guard, while beginning a career in public education. Committing himself to the development of youth in our community, Badeaux taught and coached at Sacred Heart High, Carencro High, Teurlings Catholic High and Acadian Middle School. Recognized for his passion for education, Badeaux was subsequently promoted to Assistant Principal, and ultimately Principal of Edgar Martin Middle School. He has also served for years as the Parish (County) wide Athletic Director for the entire Lafayette Parish School System, and is currently serving as Athletic Director for Saint Genevieve Middle School.
During this time, Badeaux was twice named Lafayette Parish Principal of the Year; was twice named South Louisiana Regional Principal of the Year; and was twice a finalist for State Principal of the Year. In addition, he has coached championship teams in a variety of athletic endeavors and was named Coach of the Year in 1975. He is a Member of Who’s Who in American Education and the National Association of Middle School Principals.
Moreover, in the midst of these other activities, Badeaux also served his community by twice standing for election to the Lafayette City / Parish Council, where was elected to two consecutive terms, representing District 6. And he also found time to build a successful business career, having worked as a private business owner of a long-standing (20-plus-year) retail operation; in sales at an oil and gas services provider, Balon Valves; and in heavy construction as safety coordinator for Lafayette Steel Erector.
A graduate of Northside High School in Lafayette, Badeaux studied (and played collegiate basketball) for two years at Lee College in Baytown, TX before earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and a master’s degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.
Bobby and his wife, Cathy, are the parents of four grown children, and are the proud grandparents of eleven grandchildren.