In memory of
Patricia "Corky" Larson
In memory of
Patricia "Corky" Larson
Patricia "Corky" Larson Palm Desert - Patricia 'Corky' Larson, 93, passed away peacefully at her home on June 3, 2020. Services will be arranged once COVID19 concerns have eased. She was the last survivor of a military family and jokingly referred to herself as an 'army brat'. Corky was 14 when her father died as a noteworthy test pilot and army colonel stationed in Africa during WWII. Corky graduated from Santa Monica High School where she won the best Shirley Temple lookalike contest. She also graduated from UCLA where she met her future husband K.K. Larson, who most people knew as Keane or "Peachy Keane". Together they started a family and a respectable farming and construction business in Palm Spring before 1954. She was active in church, AFS, and many other civic duties, with a particular passion for education. She was a member of the Palm Springs school board, which led to becoming a County Supervisor, then a director of Coachella Valley Association of Governments and the Coachella Valley Water District, and many more organizations. While serving as supervisor, Corky found time to pursue her longtime dream of law school. In 1990, she earned her law degree from Citrus Belt Law School in Riverside and was admitted to the State Bar of California. Corky was instrumental in the expansion of the courthouse in Indio, which is now named the Larson Justice Center in her honor.. She created the Regional Access Project Foundation which provides healthcare to low-income residents of eastern Riverside County with the City of Palm Desert and County Board of Supervisors, she was a founding member of the Salton Sea Authority and has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy Board to protect and preserve the desert region. To name all of her accomplishments or list all the ways in which she touched and forever changed the Coachella Valley would be almost impossible Corky was also 'born to be a sports nut' and you would often find her either skiing, sailing or 'on the tennis courts' back in the 1950-90s. She 'saved taking up golf' until she was 65, and she loved it! Corky had six kids, and as she would say, "a basketball team with one great one in reserve". Her team's line-up was Cammie, Drake, Keni, Wendy, Rand, and last but not least, Bito Larson. Corky is survived by her children, Cammy (Roger) Horton, Bito (Lisa) Larson, and Drake (Pamela) Larson all of La Quinta; daughter Kennedy (Michael) Rocker of Palm Desert; daughter Wendy (John) Davis, of Powell, TN; and son Rand (David Atkisson) Larson of Palm Springs. She is survived by 21 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Corky's passion for public service and community making are legacies for which we will all remember her fondly, but she would much prefer that we carry that on into action in order to continue to make our community a better place to live. She will be missed. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Corky's name can be to the Animal Samaritans of Thousand Palms or the Living Desert.
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In memory of
Patricia "Corky" Larson
Patricia "Corky" Larson Palm Desert - Patricia 'Corky' Larson, 93, passed away peacefully at her home on June 3, 2020. Services will be arranged once COVID19 concerns have eased. She was the last survivor of a military family and jokingly referred to herself as an 'army brat'. Corky was 14 when her father died as a noteworthy test pilot and army colonel stationed in Africa during WWII. Corky graduated from Santa Monica High School where she won the best Shirley Temple lookalike contest. She also graduated from UCLA where she met her future husband K.K. Larson, who most people knew as Keane or "Peachy Keane". Together they started a family and a respectable farming and construction business in Palm Spring before 1954. She was active in church, AFS, and many other civic duties, with a particular passion for education. She was a member of the Palm Springs school board, which led to becoming a County Supervisor, then a director of Coachella Valley Association of Governments and the Coachella Valley Water District, and many more organizations. While serving as supervisor, Corky found time to pursue her longtime dream of law school. In 1990, she earned her law degree from Citrus Belt Law School in Riverside and was admitted to the State Bar of California. Corky was instrumental in the expansion of the courthouse in Indio, which is now named the Larson Justice Center in her honor.. She created the Regional Access Project Foundation which provides healthcare to low-income residents of eastern Riverside County with the City of Palm Desert and County Board of Supervisors, she was a founding member of the Salton Sea Authority and has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy Board to protect and preserve the desert region. To name all of her accomplishments or list all the ways in which she touched and forever changed the Coachella Valley would be almost impossible Corky was also 'born to be a sports nut' and you would often find her either skiing, sailing or 'on the tennis courts' back in the 1950-90s. She 'saved taking up golf' until she was 65, and she loved it! Corky had six kids, and as she would say, "a basketball team with one great one in reserve". Her team's line-up was Cammie, Drake, Keni, Wendy, Rand, and last but not least, Bito Larson. Corky is survived by her children, Cammy (Roger) Horton, Bito (Lisa) Larson, and Drake (Pamela) Larson all of La Quinta; daughter Kennedy (Michael) Rocker of Palm Desert; daughter Wendy (John) Davis, of Powell, TN; and son Rand (David Atkisson) Larson of Palm Springs. She is survived by 21 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Corky's passion for public service and community making are legacies for which we will all remember her fondly, but she would much prefer that we carry that on into action in order to continue to make our community a better place to live. She will be missed. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Corky's name can be to the Animal Samaritans of Thousand Palms or the Living Desert.
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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