Obituary from the Shreveport Journal newspaper, March 28, 1963, Thursday, pp. 1-A & 4-A:
M. E. Lafargue, Former District Attorney, Dies – Succumbs in Sleep Here at Age 54; Services Saturday
Malcolm E. Lafargue, 54, U.S. district attorney here through most of the 1940's, died in his sleep at his home, 3945 Baltimore Ave., about 6 a.m. today. Death was believed to have resulted from a heart attack.
Mr. Lafargue was named assistant U.S. district attorney in 1937 and became United States district attorney for the 40 parishes in the Western District of Louisiana in 1941. He held this post until 1950, when he resigned to become a candidate for the United States Senate.
Born on Nov. 4, 1908, in Marksville, Mr. Lafargue attended Northwestern State College and Louisiana State University and obtained his law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1932. He worked in the minerals division of the Louisiana Conservation Department in New Orleans while in the university.
Moved Here in 1932
In 1931 he married the former Miss Jewett Todd of Marietta, Ga., and moved to Shreveport in 1932. He practiced law here from 1932 until he was recommended by the late Sen. John H. Overton to the post of assistant U.S. district attorney.
In 1939, he was assigned the task of investigating and prosecuting all the defendants in the Louisiana public scandals cases which arose in the Western District.
He re-entered the practice of law in 1950, and became associated with Percy N. Browne in the firm of Browne and Lafargue in 1959.
Mr. Lafargue was a member of the American Bar Assn., the Louisiana Bar Assn., and the Shreveport Bar Assn., and was a former vice president of the Federal Bar Aasn. He was a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner, a former vestryman of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and a member of the Shreveport Country Club.
Survivors include his wife; one son, Dr. Robert T. Lafargue, who is serving as a captain in the Air Force at Altus, Okla.; his mother, Mrs. E. L. Lafargue, of Marksville; three brothers, Ashton, of Shreveport, and Carl and Edwin L., of Marksville; and two sisters, Mrs. W. T. Armitage, of Grand Island, Neb., and Mrs. Hooker Williams, of Baton Rouge; one granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church with Dr. J. Lawrence Plumley, rector, officiating. Burial will be in Centuries Memorial Park under direction of Osborn Funeral Home.
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