A North Louisiana District judge has died after an undisclosed illness.
District Attorney Schuyler Marvin, whose office covers Bossier and Webster parishes, confirmed Wednesday that State District Judge Len Pittard died overnight at his home, KTBS-TV reported. He was 66 years old.
For more than a decade, Pittard served as the lead prosecutor in the Bossier-Webster County District Attorney’s Office. He was in his second term as 26th Judicial District Judge serving in the C Division.
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In a statement, House Speaker Mike Johnson called Pittard “a humble leader and dedicated lawman who served our region honorably.”
“He was a long-time friend who will be sorely missed by us and so many others,” said Johnson, who represents Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District. “Kelly and I join everyone in praying for the Pittard family and the community surrounding the 26th District Court.” Which covers 16 parishes in the northwestern and western regions of the state.
Pittard grew up in Minden and graduated from Northwestern State University in 1978 with a degree in business administration. After graduating from the University of Arkansas College of Law in 1992, he and his family moved to the Shreveport-Bossier area where he began his law career and ran a private law firm for 20 years.
Bossier Parish Clerk of Court, Jill Sessions, told KTBS-TV that the parish “suffered a tremendous loss.”
“If you spent just a moment with Judge Pittard, you could hear his laugh and feel the warmth of his smile from these photos,” Sessions said. “While the news explodes with grief, while the court flags are lowered, while we are all in a state of heartache, he looks down upon us as he plays an old classical piece or a hymn on his guitar.”
Pittard’s term was scheduled to end in December 2026. However, he submitted his notice of resignation to be effective next year. Qualifications for a special election to fill the remainder of the term began on Wednesday. Elections on March 23.
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Funeral arrangements are pending.