Clifford “T-Cliff” LeBlanc
Inducted on June 15, 2002
Clifford LeBlanc was born in Henry, LA the son of Heard and Elisma LeBlanc. He graduated from Henry High School in 1942. While in High school he played on the Henry High School basketball team.
He wad drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served his country until 1946. He was stationed in the South pacific during World War II. He piloted the Higgins landing craft that built in New Orleans, and brought out the troops and equipment at Iwo Jima and Okinowa during the war. After the war, he married Thelma Moore in 1947 and had three children: Shawnee who is married to Mike Detraz, Mark LeBlanc and Sharyon who is married to Bubba Boudreaux. They have six grandchildren and three great grand children.
LeBlanc was one of the first baseball coaches, when Little League Baseball was formed in 1952 in Vermilion parish. At first only four teams were formed, but LeBlanc was lucky enough to coach one team. Later, he coached in the Babe Ruth League. In 1964, he served as a Boy Scout leader and traveled to Philmont, Mexico cooking for the boy scouts along the way.
He was elected as commander of the V.F.W. Post 29 in Abbeville in 1958 and is a member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post 29.
In 1963, when then President Kennedy asked the business community to take part in some type of fitness program, LeBlanc, in order to show support, led a group of 15 men that started at 5 AM and walked from the Catholic Church in Pecan Island to the Abbeville City Hall. As a result many were inspired to support the President’s Physical Fitness program. LeBlanc served under Vermilion Parish Sheriff Euda Delcambre as Chief Criminal Deputy for 20 years.
LeBlanc is known worldwide as a well-schooled and creative Cajun chef. He is well known in Vermilion Parish for his creative cooking skills. He cooked at many political functions, rallies and events including those for Sheriff Delcambre, Senator Cecil Picard and Governor Edwin Edwards.
In 1994, when the first Congress Mondial Acadien (World Acadian Reunion) was being organized, the Acadians sought out someone to represent the Cajun cooks of Louisiana. LeBlanc was the unanimous choice of the Acadian delegation; he was brought to the Canadian Maritime Provinces and cooked for the participants. His culinary skills were a great success and were featured by a cover story in the Canadian newspaper "L ‘Acadie Nouvelle."
He has cooked in Boston, Massachusetts, Branson Missouri, Shediac, Canada and St. Louis de-Kent and for the Army Corps of Engineers. He takes pleasure in telling people that he and his wife cooked seafood gumbo and jambalya for 2000 people in 2 days. LeBlanc loves cooking and the social aspects of preparation that goes with it.
When the "Henry Hub" made national news by being admitted onto the New York Stock Exchange, LeBlanc was the chief chef for that major international event.
In the 1980’s, LeBlanc starred in two major motion pictures that was filmed in the Acadiana area. He played the part of an attorney in the movie "Jailbird" and he then played a cook in the movie "Scarchie".