Ascension Parish community mourns the loss of longtime Judge Pegram Mire

Staff Report
Pegram Mire

Longtime Ascension Parish Court and 23rd Judicial District Judge Pegram Mire Jr. died July 19 at the age of 70.

A resident of Donaldsonville, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many.

"Mire’s public service as a judge to the State of Louisiana and Parishes of Ascension, Assumption, and St. James will long be remembered. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, including his wife, Karen, and children, Vanessa, Falcon, John, and Sam," a court spokesperson stated.

As an expression of respect for Judge Mire and to honor his years of public service to the judicial bench, the Judges of the 23rd Judicial District Court and Ascension Parish Court requested the lowering of flags at all courthouse buildings in the district until the conclusion of Judge Mire’s memorial services.

A longtime supporter of Ascension Catholic Diocesan Regional School, he volunteered on many school committees and serves as president of the Ascension Catholic School Board. He supported the school on variety of levels, often behind the scenes. 

In 2020, the Diocese of Baton Rouge recognized him with the Mother Seton Award for his service to Catholic education.

"Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of a great man, one of Ascension Catholic’s greatest supporters, and father to three alumni; Falcon, John, and Sam," a post stated on Ascension Catholic School's social media page. "Pegram Mire will be dearly missed and fondly remembered for his service, philanthropy, and compassion to others in need. Our prayers and love remain with Karen and children during this difficult time."

After graduating from East Ascension High School, he attended LSU, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He later received a Juris Doctor degree at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans.

He began practicing law in Ascension Parish in 1978 and served as an Assistant District Attorney for the 23rd Judicial District. In 1984, he was elected as a Judge for Ascension Parish Court and served there until 1997, when he was elected as Judge for the 23rd Judicial District, Division D. His combined judicial service exceeded 23 years before he retired from the bench. Following his judicial retirement, Mire remained active in the legal profession and frequently appeared in court.

As stated in his obituary, above all, he will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.