Lawrence M. RichardsJanuary 12, 1944 ~ November 13, 2017 (age 73)
Larry began school in Palo Alto, California, moving with his family to La Habra, California in 1956.
He enjoyed the hills of southern California, ‘hunting’ with his BB gun. His ‘hunting’ turned into hiking and backpacking, spending a lot of time in the Sierra Nevada mountains. His interests in high school turned to swimming, becoming a member of the varsity swimming team. His passion turned to cars, rebuilding engines, as well as riding motorcycles…and driving fast , which got him in trouble on occasion.
His experience with the penalty side of the law led him to a career in law enforcement. He started with Brea Police Department in 1966. Larry attended Cal State University in Los Angeles, graduating with a BA in Police Science in 1970. He went on to attend Golden Gate University in San Francisco, received his law degree in 1973 and passed the California Bar in 1974. While studying for his bar exam, he met his love, Lydia Shelton. They married in April 1974. Their honeymoon was a memorable road trip through California, Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, returning to the Bay Area. Driving through Boise, Idaho, Larry and Lydia decided it was the perfect place to start a family and they returned in May 1974.
Larry passed the Idaho Bar later that year and started work with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office as the Legal Advisor. Their son, James, and daughter, Jessica, were born over the next few years and soon their family was complete.
The family loved camping, boating, and fishing, and water skiing - spending every summer at Cascade Lake in Donnelly, Idaho. Motorcycles were always a passion for Larry. James and Jessica would spend fun times riding dirt bikes in the Boise foothills.
Larry continued work with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, retiring as a POST-Commissioned Lieutenant in 1995. He then started a private law practice and worked on various defense and civil rights cases. He represented the Ada County Sheriff Employees’ Association for several years.
A celebration of his life is planned for Friday, December 8, 4pm-7pm at the Bridge Event Center, located at 6200 Garrett St, Garden City (part of the Unitarian Universalist Church). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ada County Sheriff Employees’ Association in support of their community work (AdaCountySEA.org/donate).