Lifetime rancher dies at hospital |

Lifetime rancher dies at hospital

by Joyce Hollister

Douglas County Sheriff’s Officers are planning to provide an honor guard at the funeral services for Louis Bergevin, lifetime Valley rancher and former Nevada Assemblyman.

Mr. Bergevin suffered an accident at his new home in Minden. Careflighted to Washoe Medical Center in Reno, he died Thursday. He was 75.

Funeral services will be held at Carson Valley Methodist Church in Gardnerville at 2 p.m. Thursday, with The Revs. Pete Nelson and Michael Benke officiating.

Burial will follow at Fredericksburg Cemetery.

“It’s my feeling,” said his legislative colleague and long-time friend Sen. Lawrence Jacobsen of Minden, “he was one of the finest legislators that Douglas County had sent to the Nevada Legislature, mostly because of his broad knowledge of agriculture, his primary interest. But education was always number two with Lou.”

Mr. Bergevin served as president of the Nevada state Board of Education, 1961-70.

“I’d say in him time, he was one of the best in the area of taxation,” Jacobsen said. “One of the reasons that Douglas has a low tax rate is attributable to him.”

His career in the Nevada legislature began in 1978, when he was elected to the Nevada Assembly, and ended in 1991 when he retired for health reasons.

“I think he was best known for his honesty and his unwavering determination. If he got something in his mind, he didn’t change it. He was well respected with his colleagues.”

Mr. Bergevin was born June 22 in Gardnerville, and was a lifetime resident and rancher in Carson Valley. He graduated from Douglas County High School and University of Nevada. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force, 1941-46.

Mr. Bergevin married to Luetta Dressler Aug. 3, 1946.

He was a past president of the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association and was named Cattleman of the Year, 1971; was a member of the National Cattlemen’s Association and Carson Valley Lodge No. 33 F&AM.

Mr. Bergevin married Luetta Dressler Aug. 3, 1946.

He is survived by his wife and son Lee and daughter Jeanne Russell.

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