Rice Festival selects Edward Dartez as 2010 Children’s Parade Marshal
CROWLEY - Edward “Ed” Dartez has been chosen as the International Rice Festival Children’s Parade Marshal for the 2010 International Rice Festival slated for the weekend of October 14-16, 2010, as announced by Albert LeLeux, festival president.
Dartez was born on February 27, 1963 to the late John Donis “Red” and Verdie Meaux Dartez. He graduated from Crowley High School in 1981 and is a life long resident of Crowley. He has been employed with the United States Post Office for the past 13 years.
He has been happily married to the former Donna K. Dupuis for the past 29 years. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Monica Lynn and Hillary Nicole. Both of their daughters call Crowley home along with their children; Bayden Edward, Logan James and Emma Marie.
Dartez’s involvement with the youth of Crowley began 22 years ago as an official for both High School and Youth sports. His career as an official has included baseball, softball, basketball and football. Ed has officiated at high school sporting events, recreation department games as well as American Legion Baseball competitions. Within these years of officiating, Ed has had the honor of officiating the 2000 AA Softball State Championship Game, as well as the 2004 5A Football State Championship Game in the Louisiana Superdome. The 5A Championship Game was between Evangel and West Monroe and was the realization of a dream for Edward.
Along with refereeing and umpiring football, basketball and baseball, Dartez’s involvement in the recreation department activities has also been expanded to organizational as well. He assists Tim Robichaux, Parks and Recreation Director, with the scheduling of officials for games along with helping out with the many tournaments the recreation department hosts yearly.
In 1993, Ed decided to expand his involvement with the youth of Crowley by beginning his coaching career at the Crowley Recreation Department. He began by coaching his oldest daughter, Monica, in both the slow pitch and fast pitch leagues. Even after his daughter, after five years, stopped playing in the city’s recreation sports, he continued to coach girls’ sports for two more years. Dartez then moved on to the boys’ division where he began by coaching his nephew in the Pony League, Lance Dupuis, who went on to become an outstanding high school and college pitcher. Pony League became home for Dartez for the next nine years where he coached and guided numerous young men including two more nephews, Tyler Dupuis and Ryan Dartez. He also had the privilege of coaching several All-Star teams along the way. This year Dartez decided to try his hand at a new age group and adventure at the recreation department. He is coaching 11 three and four-year-old future baseball/softball stars in tee ball, including his oldest grandson, Bayden. He is beginning a new chapter in his commitment to the recreation department and the youth of Crowley.
Dartez’s activities and involvement with the youth of Crowley has spanned many years affecting many young lives of the athletes of our city. His dedication and commitment to our youth has proven to be an asset for the City of Crowley. He would like to thank Albert LeLeux for giving him the opportunity to represent Crowley as the Marshal of the Children’s parade. Dartez is quoted as saying, “It is a pleasure to work with the kids in Crowley. Their dedication to sports makes it easy to coach and officiate in the city of Crowley.”