Funeral services announced for 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John Saunders


VILLE PLATTE, La. (KLFY) Funeral services will be held at 1 P.M. Tuesday, September 14 for Judge John D. Saunders who passed away Monday, September 13, 2021, surrounded by family.

Father Tom Voorhies, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, will be celebrant of the Mass and will conduct funeral services.

The Honorable Judge John D. Saunders served the people of Louisiana for 46 years as an attorney, as a State Senator, and as a judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

He was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School and Louisiana State University School of Law. He was a member of many civic and professional organizations including the Louisiana Commission on Criminal Justice, Louisiana State and Evangeline Parish Bar Associations, Sentencing Commission, Jaycees, Louisiana Association of Educators’ President’s, Louisiana State University Alumni Association, and Mamou Youth, Inc.

Entombment will take place at Sacred Heart Mausoleum.

Judge Saunders was 78-years-old.

Senate President Page Cortez also gave his thoughts on the passing of Judge John D. Saunders:

“I am terribly saddened to learn of the passing of former Senator and Honorable Judge John D. Saunders. He was an honorable man who dedicated a lifetime of service to the State of Louisiana and the people he loved. Louisiana is better because of him and the Members of the Louisiana State Senate send our prayers and most heartfelt sympathies to his wife and family.”

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