Retired 4th JDC Judge John R. Joyce, 74, died Friday, May 5, 2017. He served four years active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps before earning his JD degree from LSU Law in 1970. Joyce then practiced law in Monroe until his election to the 4th JDC in 1976. During his tenure at the 4th JDC, he served as president of the Louisiana District Judges’ Association. He ran unopposed in his subsequent elections, and retired after 20 years of service in 1996. After his retirement, Joyce practiced law in Monroe and served as ad-hoc judge.