The City of Lakewood lost one of its early leaders in April with the passing of former Lakewood City Councilmember Larry Humphrey.
Humphrey began serving as a Lakewood City Councilmember on Jan. 1, 1998, and his tenure continued to the end of 2003.
He was known for his exemplary dedication to the best interests of the Lakewood community, particularly with his interest in public transit and economic development. Humphrey was a successful businessman himself. He also served on countless community boards and groups, including the Lakewood Historical Society.
“The community of Lakewood is a better place because of Larry Humphrey,” Mayor Don Anderson said. “His insight and expertise were invaluable to what was then an infant City that had just been incorporated. His vision, along with fellow City Council members, helped shape the direction of Lakewood even after he left office, and it will continue to do so for years to come. Lakewood would not be where it is today were it not for the efforts and dedication of Councilmember Humphrey.”
Humphrey was first elected to a two-year term on the Lakewood City Council, Position 7 in 1997, then ran unopposed in 1999 for a four-year term.
Former Lakewood Mayor Douglas Richardson - now a member of the Pierce County Council - sat next to Humphrey throughout his tenure on the dais.
"Truly a gentleman," Richardson said when asked to describe his former dais-mate. "He had an unbelievable demeanor. I don't know if I ever saw Larry agitated. Never heard him speak an ill word about anyone. He truly cared for his community."
Added Mayor Anderson: “The City of Lakewood would like to express its sincerest condolences to the Humphrey family, and we thank them for everything they and Councilmember Humphrey have done for our community."
To read The News Tribune’s article on former Lakewood City Councilmember Larry Humphries’ passing, visit http://goo.gl/6pWwln .