L. Victor (Vic) Desguin, Jr. - Vic came to Punta Gorda as a 10-year-old in 1936 when his father L. V. Desguin purchased the local movie theater. During the segregation years, L.V. opened a theater for African-Americans in East Punta Gorda and young Vic would bicycle movie reels over after the movies had been shown in the downtown theater. He began working at the Charlotte County tax collector's office in the mid 1960's and served as county tax collector from 1972 until his retirement in 1996.
One would have to say Vic's hobby was coaching youth football. From junior high in the 1950's to Pop Warner for 20 years or so from the mid 60's until the early 80's, there was a time, at some level, when he coached just about every boy who ever played football in Charlotte County. He was also instrumental, with wife Peggy (who passed away in 1977) and others, in organizing the Youth Museum of Charlotte County, forerunner of today's Charlotte County Historical Center.
Like his father before him, Vic joined the Punta Gorda Kiwanis Club in the early 1980's and served as president for the 1991-92 year. He is a charter member, and long-time board member, of the Kiwanis Foundation of Charlotte County, and organization responsible for providing over one million dollars in scholarships to local high school seniors since its inception.