LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington’s former prosecutor is remembered fondly as friends and family buried him.
The funeral for former Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson was held at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, where Larson attended church and taught Sunday school for over thirty years.
Larson is remembered as an advocate for victims and their families, and also for his sense of humor.
“We all called him Ray the D.A. He was a wonderful, unique individual. I think they broke the mold when Ray came along. He was compassionate and a huge advocate for victims and victim’s rights,” said Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton.
Ray served as Lexington’s prosecutor for over 30 years from his appointment in 1985 by Governor Martha Layne Collins until his retirement in 2016.
Larson was also responsible for helping establish the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass, and brought the seat belt law to Fayette County. Former colleagues note his role in keeping Lexington a safe place to live.
“What he did for the community–he was an integral part of keeping it safe. He was a really no-nonsense guy. But on the other side, too, what people may not have seen was his fantastic sense of humor. His ability to really care about people–especially people that were victims of crime and the surviving family members of victims of crime. Nobody was better at that than Ray,” said former Lexington Police Officer David Lyons.
Larson is survived by his wife, Betty, his brother Bob, and his son David and his family.