Jeanerette mayor dies after short illness

Tim deClouet, the 64-year-old mayor of Jeanerette, died Monday morning, two years into his first mayoral term.

City Clerk Edie Harrison said Monday afternoon that City Hall officials had not been informed about the cause of deClouet’s death.

“He had a brief illness” and had spent some time in a hospital in the past few weeks, Harrison said, though she could not provide details on the illness or when he had been released.

DeClouet was elected mayor April 30, 2011, with 55 percent of the vote, defeating Louis Lancon, according to Secretary of State records. He filled the seat of longtime Jeanerette Mayor Arthur Verret, who did not seek re-election.

DeClouet served one four-year term on the Jeanerette Board of Aldermen from 1991 until 1995.

He took office as mayor July 1, 2011.

“He was a great asset to the city,” longtime Alderman Charles Williams said. “He did a lot with what he had.” Fletcher Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements.