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Funeral Services Set Monday For Longtime Louisiana Horseman Claude Wayne Morein

Funeral services will be held Monday (Feb. 22) for longtime Louisiana horseman Claude Wayne Morein.

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VILLE PLATTE, LA—FEBRUARY 21, 2021—Funeral services for former Ville Platte Sheriff Wayne Morein, 81, will be held at 5:45PM (CST) on Monday February 22, at the LaVille Funeral Home, 2353 East Main St., Ville Platte, Louisiana. Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM.

Morein, passed away peacefully on Wednesday Feb 17, 2021 at his residence.

Morein was born in Ville Platte, La on September 10, 1939 to Claude and Florence Morein. After graduating from Ville Platte High School in 1957, his law enforcement career began. Wayne joined the U.S Army and worked as a police officer for 2 years.

He dedicated his life to the Law Enforcement profession. In 1961, He was hired on with the L.A State Police.

Through the next 25 years he worked his way through the rankings. He started as a trooper then was appointed to the position of Sergeant and then Lieutenant. In 1977, Wayne was named Captain, troop commander of Troop K.

In 1981, Morein was promoted to Major in Region II, Lafayette area. He was in charge of 300 troopers and 17 parishes. Wayne remained in that position for 5 years before retiring. Wayne quickly realized his law enforcement had not yet been fulfilled.

On March 23, 1991 Morein was on the ballot for Sheriff of Evangeline Parish. After being declared the winner, Wayne was sworn in as Sheriff of Evangeline Parish on April 18, 1991. As the longest serving sheriff, almost 17 years,

Morein accomplished many goals. The construction of a new jail and the parish's communication system known as 911 were the two projects he was most proud of. He retired as Sheriff of Evangeline Parish on Feb. 29, 2008. Wayne then accepted a position on parole board under Governor Bobby Jindal.

He served on the Parole Board in Baton Rouge for 3 years. Finally in 2012, after 45 years, his law enforcement career was fulfilled.

Morein was a longtime member of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Association.

Morein is survived by his niece, Claudia Fontenot and husband T. Joe; two great nephews, Jeffrey Coreil and wife Hallie of Washington, La. Justin Coreil and wife Alaina of Ville Platte; one great niece, Laura Suire and her husband Tristan of Lake Charles; two great nephews, Jack Riley Coreil and Reid Coreil.

He is preceded in death by his parents Claude and Florence Morein, wife Sue Morein, brother Gene Morein and sister in law Ettavee Morein. The guestbook can be signed online at

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