PALM DESERT – Supervisor Perez offers the following statement on the passing of Patricia “Corky” Larson, who served as Riverside County Fourth District Supervisor from 1982 to 1994:
“On a personal note, my mother, Virginia, worked for the Larson family for 18 years in their grape fields in Oasis. I have many great memories playing in these fields as a kid while helping my mother stamp boxes. Our connection goes far back, and it meant a lot to my mother when they reconnected a few years ago when I was running for Supervisor.
“Corky Larson did a lot for the Coachella Valley community and Riverside County. She was the founder of the Regional Access Project Foundation, dedicating a portion of sales tax to fund many nonprofit organizations and services in the areas of health, mental health and juvenile intervention in the Fourth District. She helped complete the 1986 Coachella Valley Fringe-toed Lizard Habitat Plan, the first regional plan for conservation of an endangered species. She created the annual Senior Inspiration Awards event, which promotes volunteerism and community involvement. She was instrumental in the expansion of the courthouse in Indio. Corky has mentored generations of community leaders. I benefited from her support and guidance as well as the friendships formed with many members of her wonderful family.
“I, along with my family, join in sending condolences to the Larson family, and remember Corky Larson as a tough advocate for eastern Riverside County in ensuring we get our fair share.”
In honor of Supervisor Larson, the American flag, the state flag and the POW/MIA flag will be flown at half-staff at all county-owned and leased facilities from June 3 to June 8.