King Sucrose LXXIX | David Thibodeaux

King Sucrose LXXIX, New Iberia native and General Manager of St. Mary Sugar Cooperative, Inc., David Thibodeaux is a descendent of sugar cane farmers.  After the passing of his father in 1961, his family farm was sold.   David was employed in the oil and gas sector prior to beginning his sugar career 36 years ago at Jeanerette Sugar Cooperative, Inc.  Sugar continues to run through his veins to this day.  

His contribution to the industry includes service on various boards: Sugar Grower & Refiners, Inc.; Louisiana Sugar Cane Products, Inc. (past chairman); Teche Mills, LLC, (present chairman); American Sugar Cane League, (current secretary, past treasurer; committees include, executive, finance, nominating, state legislative, state political action); American Sugar Cane League Foundation and active member of the American Society of Sugarcane Technologists.

He’s an avid golfer on the greens in his free time.

David and his wife of 43 years, Fran Alvarado Thibodeaux, look forward to celebrating the 79th Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival on September 23-26 with their family and community who has helped him reach this milestone.