“I am sorry to hear about the loss of Bob Odom and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Bob was a champion for the Louisiana agriculture community and his work will reverberate for decades. His list of accomplishments is truly impressive and his passionate service for Louisiana and the country will not be forgotten.”
According to the Advocate,
Former Agriculture Commissioner Bob Odom, one of Louisiana’s most powerful political figures from 1980s until his retirement in 2007, died Saturday morning in Zachary, according to a longtime aide.
Odom developed breathing problems late Friday and was taken to Lane Regional Medical Center, said Randal Johnson, Odom’s close friend for more than 30 years. Odom died about 7:15 a.m., Johnson said. Odom was 78.
The arrangements will be handled by Charlet Funeral Home on High Street in Zachary, Johnson said.
Odom’s 28-year tenure as the Commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry was marked with innovations and some controversy.