Seaside Mayor Don Larson remembered for dedication to public service

Rebecca Herren

Former boxing champion Muhammad Ali once said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” This quote conjures up memories of Mayor Don Larson who died Dec. 11 at the age of 80.

Larson, who passed away after a long battle with cancer, chalked up an impressive record of public service and will be remembered for his dedication to the City of Seaside. Larson, however, was not without controversy and left many people feeling conflicted. He was stubborn on some policies and bullied his way trying to get the ODOT Highway 101 vote to pass. This then raises the question of how exactly do we remember him? Do we gloss over the conflicts or honor his accomplishments?

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