Raymond Melvin Larson
Tuesday 17th of August 1943 - Sunday 1st of August 2021
Raymond Melvin Larson, age 77, died peacefully on Aug 1, 2021 at Baptist Hospital in Lexington KY. Born on Aug 17, 1943 in Yakima WA, Ray was the second of two children of Lt Col Robert S Larson (USAF) and Ruth M Larson. The family moved to Korea, Florida and France before finally settling Lexington, where Ray attended the University of Kentucky for both his undergraduate and law degrees. While at UK, Ray was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and it was there that he met and married the love of his life, Betty Larson of Eminence KY. Following his graduation, Ray practiced law in Paducah KY, where he was named the city’s court prosecutor in 1972. Ray soon returned to Central KY and served as an assistant deputy attorney general in Frankfort from 1974 until 1985, where he was responsible for creating the state’s Special Prosecutions Division. In 1985, Ray was appointed Fayette County Commonwealth Attorney by Gov Martha Layne Collins. Ray was subsequently elected to 5 six-year terms in the office, where he served Fayette County for 32 years until his retirement in 2016. He treasured the relationships he built with his colleagues, and he viewed the team as members of his family. Ray believed in justice and accountability. He strove to ensure that everyone be treated fairly and under the same rules. He was a passionate advocate for victims of crime, and he spent his entire career working tirelessly on their behalf to ensure they received justice. During his tenure, Ray helped to establish the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass, and he played a significant role in bringing the seat belt law to Fayette County.
Ray was a faithful and dedicated attendee of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Lexington, where he served many years as a eucharistic minister, and over 30 years teaching the high school Sunday School class. The time he spent working with, teaching and supporting the young men and women in this class was one of his greatest pleasures. But it was during his last decade that Ray took on the role that he cherished most of all, that of a grandfather. Ray’s 3 grandchildren were the greatest joy of his life, and he enjoyed buying them candy and LEGOs whenever they wanted. Ray is survived by his wife of 52 years, Betty Helburn Larson; by his son David Larson and wife, Amelie; his 3 beloved grandchildren; and by his brother, Bob Larson, of San Antonio TX.
Visitation will be from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Wed, Aug 4th at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, located at 533 E. Main St in Lexington. A funeral service will be held at 1pm on the following day, Thurs, Aug 5th, also at Good Shepherd. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions please go to the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, or Camp Horsin’ Around. We also encourage all attendees to adhere to whatever personal safety protocols and guidelines are currently in place for public gatherings.
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is also live-streaming the service. It can be viewed on their Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/GoodShepherdLex/ or on their https://www.goodshepherdlex.org/
We were honored to have Ray speak at our son’s Eagle Scout ceremony about 25 years ago. It meant a lot to our family … Prayers for God’s Presence to surround Betty and family …
Ray was a sweet, wonderful man. I enjoyed seeing him working with the kids at Cassidy Elem. He always had a smile on his face and kind words in passing. He would also joke with me and others just to get a laugh. The kids loved him! He will be truly missed. He was one of the greats!
My condolences. I thought Ray was a fine man. Dedicated to his community and his profession. He was an asset to the community after his retirement. I know he was dedicated to his family. I am sorry for your loss.
Ann Ford Longacresays
I was teaching Grade 2 at Mary Todd back in the 1970s. Someone told me to invite Ray Larson to come to my class to talk to the students. I did. He came riding down the hall to our room on a child's bike! It made quite an impression with the students--and me. I think he came a couple of years, but only that one year on a bicycle! But that showed his heart of reaching and touching people/children where they were at the time.
My thoughts and prayers are with Betty, David and the family at this time. May God grant you His peace and assurance of Ray’s resurrection to life eternal and may you be comforted in knowing that you are not alone in your grief.
Thank you Ray for your passion driven service. Honored to have known you.