BATON ROUGE—Louisiana remembered former Governor Dave Treen in Baton Rouge. ABC26's Curt sprang went to the memorial.
Monday's public visitation followed a morning memorial ceremony honoring Louisiana's first republican governor since reconstruction.
A who's who of politicians greeted the arrival of the former governor's casket at the state capitol building.
Treen died last week at the age of 81.
Governor Bobby Jindal -- roughly half that age -- told the crowd he once wrote a school paper supporting Treen for governor.
"When I got the paper back, she'd written in a small note on the top, 'Don't worry, I'm voting for him, too,'" Jindal said of his teacher. "I got an 'A' on the paper."
After Treen left the governor's mansion, his political career was often summed up with the comment made by Edwin Edwards during the 1983 campaign that it would take Governor Treen an hour and a half to watch '60 Minutes.'
At this morning's memorial service, with 3 former governors on hand, friends and colleagues stressed Treen's honesty and sensitivity, his work to put the state first, his family values, and the fact that he forgave his opponents, even Edwards.
"Dave knew that the only way he could sincerely pray the Lord's Prayer was to forgive Edwin Edwards for the extremely critical remarks Edwards made about Dave throughout his campaign," Judge Jay Zainey said during the memorial service.
"I knew him as a magnificent human being," said former Governor Kathleen Blanco. "A class act. Someone who cared more deeply for the people than his personal well being."
"Dave Treen is going to be remembered well," former Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown told ABC26 News. "History is going to treat him well because he was a decent, honest guy."
And from former Congressman Bob Livingston: "A lot of people disagreed with Dave Treen, but nobody disliked him because he was just a god, solid, honest, decent man."