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MR. IBERIA 2017 |  Ray Escuriex

If you need a volunteer, an emcee, a jokester, or just an all-around good guy as your Mr. Iberia, then look no further . . . Ray Escuriex is your man. For countless years, Ray has served his country and his beloved town of New Iberia in a multitude of ways.

He has served his country in the U.S. Naval Reserves, and continues to serve his home town, time and time again, as he volunteers his time as announcer, coordinator, auctioneer and goodwill ambassador. Just to name a few things he has been involved in is the Gumbo Cookoff, Iberia Parish Baseball Hall of Fame, Little League, Chamber of Commerce, Shadows on the Teche, United Way, Boy Scouts, Iberia Crimestoppers, and is a 58 year member of the New Iberia Optimist Club.

In 1983, Ray was chosen for the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen Award, and a few years later served a short stint as Mayor Pro Tem for the City of New Iberia. Whether it’s helping recognize those who deserve recognition or helping raising money for those in the community, Ray is there.

He has been a wonderful example to his family of how to give back to the community. Ray has been married to the former Dorothy Delahoussaye for over 65 years. They have nine children, 24 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

For 85 years, volunteering has been a way of life for Ray. Even after a quadruple bypass in January, it doesn’t seem like he’ll be slowing down any time soon. He loves being involved in his home town of New Iberia, and looks forward to many more opportunities.