Lafayette businessman Patrick LeBlanc, the president of local architecture firm The LeBlanc Group Inc. and owner of private-prison company LCS Corrections Services, was killed Monday night in a plane crash in Abbeville. According to Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon, LeBlanc and pilot R. Solomon Reed Jr., were on a single-engine plane flight that originated in Mississippi. After a stop in Baton Rouge, the plane went down shortly after 8 p.m. Monday in inclement weather. Pilot Reed was also killed in the accident. The Federal Aviation Agency and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.
LeBlanc, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for District 43 state representative last fall, was also known for his civic and community involvement. He was a former chairman of the Cajundome Commission and past president of the Lafayette Jaycees, Concerned Citizens for Good Government and the Acadiana Homebuilders Association. LeBlanc was also a longtime member of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.
Visitation hours are tomorrow, Thursday, March 13, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Martin & Castille Funeral Home (330 St. Landry St.). LeBlanc’s funeral is Friday, March 14, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.
Martin and Castille has set up an online guestbook for tributes to LeBlanc and thoughts and prayers for the LeBlanc family. Click here to sign the guestbook, and click here to view the tributes to LeBlanc.