Obituary: Larry Corby

Mar 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Notable Deaths, Paco's Podium, Spotlight

Note: The authorized obituary for our brother, Larry Corby, was published yesterday at Legacy .com.  The text is reprinted below, however, the Legacy .com page includes additional photos and a guest book.

Jay Lawrence “Larry” CORBY Jr.

Larry Corby died peacefully at home on March 18, 2014 after a brief battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife Charleene of 47 years, daughter Camie (Chris) Gould, son Jarrod Corby, grandchildren Caden and Connor Gould, Jarrod Jr. and Cameron Rose Corby. Larry is also survived by his sisters Carol Manning and Connie (Steve) Haussler, sister-in-law Rhonda (Terry) Pfenning, brothers-in-law Randy Keeney, Mark (Ronda) Keeney, and many nieces and nephews.

Larry was born in Berwyn, Illinois on October 1, 1944 to Jay and Jane Corby. He served with distinction for six years in the United States Marine Corps, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Following his military service Larry joined the California Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer at Folsom State Prison. The highlight of Larry’s 31-year correctional career was his instrumental work in the Department of Planning and Construction in maintaining the safest correctional facilities in the nation. He retired as a Captain in 2000.

Larry was a member of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) assisting the president in accomplishing goals for line staff. He served on the Executive Council and as State Secretary for a total of 11 years. He continued to be a member and supporter via the Retired Chapter of CCPOA.

Larry was one of five co-founders and a lifelong National Director of the Correctional Peace Officers (CPO) Foundation, a national charity for those in the corrections profession. Now in its 30th year, the CPO Foundation has provided over $16 million during the last decade to families of Correctional Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty and to Officers and families in times of catastrophic need.

In addition to the family of which he was most proud, Larry was also proud to have been part of the team that conceived the concept and actively furthered the process of constructing a National Corrections Museum. This museum will be built on the grounds of Folsom State Prison.

In lieu of flowers, the Corby family requests that donations be made to the National Corrections Museum building fund. Donations should be made to: ‘Big House Prison Museum’ and mailed to the CPO Foundation, P.O. Box 348390, Sacramento, CA 95834-8390.

Services for Larry Corby will be held Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11:00 am at East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, CA 95841.

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2 Comments to “Obituary: Larry Corby”

  1. A. Nonymous CPO says:

    Larry was a great man of the caliber few are fortunate enough to know. Funny how his greatness wasn’t so evident until his passing. We take the great among us for granted, until they aren’t.

    The Good Lord took this good man when He did for His reasons. That’s good enough for me. It doesn’t make the loss of a dear friend any easier though.

    If I don’t see Larry again, it will be for my shortcomings, not his. There is a Lord, and Larry Corby is with Him. AMEN! Hoo-Rah Lt. Corby!

  2. pacovilla says:

    I just returned from the Larry Corby services. Dignitaries nationwide attended. And, I learned a bit about the war record Larry never discussed: He was a Tunnel Rat! When his then 25 year old son learned of it and asked Larry he said, “I climbed down a few holes, that’s all.” (See: So, he was a fearless hero before he became a CPO! Former Governor Pete Wilson was unable to attend but provided a eulogy to be read on his behalf by Don Novey. A copy thereof will be published upon receipt. Larry Corby received a grand sendoff–a well deserved one at that. RIP.