Photo provided by LESTER KENYON -- Longtime Ascension Parish government employee Lyle Joseph Schexnaydre, seated, is shown with family members during a recent ceremony honoring his retirement. Gathering are, from left, Renae Schexnaydre, Terri Schexnaydre, Carmen Schexnaydre, Debbie Schexnaydre, Dayton Schexnaydre, Ione LeBlanc, Lance Schexnaydre, Parish President Tommy Martinez, Troy Schexnaydre, Frankie Schexnaydre and Clint Schexnaydre.

Longtime Ascension Parish government employee Lyle Joseph Schexnaydre was honored recently by parish officials after working at several jobs since joining the parish in 1989.

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez proclaimed Sept. 2 “Lyle Joseph Schexnaydre Day” in Ascension Parish in honor of Schexnaydre’s years of community service and work with the parish government. Schexnaydre recently retired, according to a news release from the parish president’s office.

“I’ve known Lyle most of my life,” Martinez said. “He would always give of himself for the betterment of others, especially for our kids in Ascension Parish.”

Schexnaydre is a native of Burnside and was part owner of the sugar cane farming operation known as Orange Grove Plantation. Schexnaydre worked at the Texaco Convent Plant while it was under construction and has worked for Ascension Parish since 1989. Before his retirement, Schexnaydre had worked on parish programs including food distribution, grass cutting and recreation. He was the assistant director under previous Department of Public Works Director Carry Arceneaux before moving to the Department of Recreation as the assistant director under previous Director Roy Quezaire. Schexnaydre remained in that position.

Known for his involvement and work with the youth of Ascension Parish, Schexnaydre was a scoutmaster for many years while also being an avid member of the St. Amant High School Boosters Club.

“Lyle is a caring person with a big heart, and he has always made a huge impact on the people of Ascension Parish,” Martinez said.