Wilson Viator, Jr.King Sucrose LXXV | Wilson B. Viator, Jr.

King Sucrose 75 is Wilson B. Viator, Jr.   Wilson was born in l949 in New Iberia to  his parents, Wilson & Frances Viator. His father farmed sugarcane and other crops with 3 of his brothers in the Coteau area of Iberia Parish.  In  1957, the 4 Viators’ brothers relocated to St. Mary Parish and continued farming sugarcane until their retirement.  He is a graduate of Franklin High in 1967and USL in Agronomy in 1971. He pursued a graduate degree for a year at LSU but because of his passion to farm, left the program. While a student at USL, he was on a football scholarship and was a member of the 1968 Gulf States conference championship team. In 1973, Wilson and two of his cousins purchased a sugarcane farm in the Youngsville area and he farmed for 37 years as a group and then as an individual.

 

During his 37 years of farming, he was very active in Farm Bureau serving on the board and President of the Lafayette Parish farm Bureau.  He also served on the State board as district board member. He was named outstanding young farmer for the La. Jaycees and young farmer of the year for acadiana district. He was a long time member of the American Sugarcane League.

 

Wilson was also very active in local politics and served the city of Youngsville for 28 years, 16 years as a councilman and 12 years as mayor.  During the last 20 years Youngsville has been recognized as the fastest growing city in La.

Wilson is now retired from politics and farming and is enjoying his family, hunting, and growing a large garden.

He is married to the former Iris (Sandy) Durel of Lafayette.  They are the parents of three  children-Dawn Albert married to Tim Albert(sugarcane farmer in the Maurice area), Elizabeth Viator who works for  Stratigraph, and Dwayne Viator married to Tonya Danos who also farms sugarcane in the Youngsville area.  Sandy and Wilson are the proud grandparents of 5 grandkids—Allison and Ashley Hebert, Brandon and Julie Albert and Jake Viator.