JBE 16-72

Flags at Half-Staff--Representative Forrest Dunn, Jr.

WHEREAS, former State Representative Forrest Dunn, Jr. died on October 15, 2016;
WHEREAS, besides serving three terms as a state legislator, his life reflects a thoughtful commitment to public service: at the age of 15, he joined the United States Navy; he co-founded H.A.P. House for the severely handicapped, housed at Barksdale Air Force Base; and was elected to serve as a member of the Caddo Parish School Board;
WHEREAS, Representative Dunn was elected to represent the citizens of District 3 in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1972 until 1984, effectively relying upon his reputation as a widely respected and admired legislator to serve his constituency in Caddo Parish and the citizens of the State of Louisiana in an honorable and dedicated manner;
WHEREAS, known for bringing his time, energy and passion to any effort he was involved in, Representative Dunn served on the House committees on commerce, education, retirement, and ways and means; served as President of the Holiday in Dixie and the Louisiana State Fair Executive Committee; and served as a member and chairman of multiple other civic groups;
WHEREAS, Representative Dunn received several awards and honors for his work, a few of which include the Special Humanitarian Award of the Community Council in 1978 and recognition as an outstanding leader in the Shreveport-Bossier community in 2002;
WHEREAS, Representative Dunn’s life was committed to public service for the benefit of the State of Louisiana and its citizens, and he will be remembered as a gentleman and an inspiration for affecting positive change.
NOW THEREFORE, I, JOHN BEL EDWARDS, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: As an expression of respect and to honor Representative Forrest Dunn, Jr., the flags of the United States and the State of Louisiana shall be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol on Friday, October 21, 2016.
SECTION 2: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until sunset, Friday, October 21, 2016.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 20th day of October, 2016.

John Bel Edwards

Tom Schedler
Secretary of State