(1937 - 2018)
Born and raised in Shively, Kentucky, Larry Franklin lived a life of extraordinary achievement, generosity, and friendship. From an early age Larry showed signs of determination and perseverance that would serve him well throughout his incredible life.
He was a graduate of Valley High-school where he was voted Mr. Valley High, a proud distinction he refused to let anyone forget. Following high school, Larry was selected to attend the United States Naval Academy where he graduated with the honor of having the highest aptitude in his graduating class. His naval career lasted 36 more years culminating with his retirement from the United States Naval Reserves with the rank of Two-Star Rear Admiral (RADM). He was proud of his service and was a true American patriot.
After serving on submarines in Vietnam, Larry attended night law school at the University of Louisville while working full-time at his uncle Pat's appliance company. Larry would often quip that after serving in Vietnam, law school was easy. He received his law degree in 1967.
In a 1980 case against Armor Elevator Co., Larry represented a repairman who was injured when a defective elevator plummeted four floors to the basement of the Kentucky Home Life Building. Before the trial, Larry strapped himself on the outside of that same elevator so he could ride it up and down to see exactly how it was supposed to work. With that knowledge, Larry won a $1 million verdict for his client.
Larry would go on to be widely known as one of the best lawyers in Kentucky and throughout the country. He was a force of nature in the court room winning some of the largest verdicts in Kentucky history. He was a tireless advocate for his clients and would go to the ends of earth to win their case. No one out-worked or out-smarted Larry. His driving work ethic combined with his sharp-as-a-tact intellect made for a storied legal career that will be reflected upon for ages.
As tough as he was in the court room and throughout his military career, Larry had a heart of gold that was as soft as a teddy-bear. His jokes could fill a library but his delivery was their main charm. He would light up a room and had an electric gravity about him that was pure magic. For all of his success he never judged a person by their accomplishments, only by their effort. Larry had the ability to relate to anyone because he could find the humanity in everyone. From judges to bus-boys, Larry treated everyone with dignity and respect.