We are deeply saddened to announce that Larry Hunt unexpectedly passed away of a heart attack on Wednesday October 10, 2018. Larry was greatly respected among his colleagues, beloved by his friends and treasured by his family. He is survived by his wife, two of his brothers, his children and his grandchildren as well as numerous extended family members of which he considered his employees a part of.
Larry was born and raised primarily in Portland and graduated from Jesuit High School which was a continual source of pride. He furthered his education by attending Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where he graduated with a degree in Intellectual History then followed up by attending and graduating from University of Oregon Law School in 1975.
Larry passed the Oregon bar shortly thereafter and began practicing law under Millard Becker by cold calling the firm with resume in hand. Millard hired him as an associate and Larry never updated his resume again. Millard mentored Larry as an associate and their business relationship morphed into a formal partnership. Over the years of working together, they built a solid friendship and had a deep mutual respect for each other. When Millard retired in 1997 Larry created Hunt & Associates where he lovingly and tenaciously continued to grow his general practice.
Larry grew an unusually large network of friends, colleagues and clients, many of which occupied more than one of those categories at any given time. He excelled in recalling which schools nearly everyone in his life attended as well as who was connected to who and how. He collected interesting stories and tidbits of intriguing information for anyone who crossed his path and enjoyed passing those stories and tidbits on. He had a gift for making just about everyone he knew seem interesting.
In 2010, Larry began regularly contributing to the firm’s blog. What began as a chore soon became an avenue to showcase his sharp wit, keen intelligence and wealth of knowledge. He truly enjoyed writing and was notoriously snobbish when it came to grammar and vocabulary. He rarely took himself seriously or showed off, but certainly made an exception when it came to expressing his thoughts and arguments in writing. Larry wrote many blog posts for the firm over the years – a few favorites can be found here:
Should none of the above articles capture your interest, there are dozens more to be found and read here.
In his personal life, Larry was a devout Catholic, enjoyed sailing on his sailboat, Breeze (which he fondly called his mistress), spending time at Cannon Beach, and reading. He particularly enjoyed drinking wine, reciting poetry, and pointing out unusually specific, lesser known historical facts. He stopped smoking in 2013, but looked forward to the day that he was diagnosed with a terminal illness so that he could start back up again. That day never arrived.
The staff and attorneys at Hunt & Associates are tremendously grateful for Larry’s professional and personal contributions in their practice of law. While many who worked alongside him may only recall his strong personality, he was equally known for being humble, generous and amazingly kindhearted. His dedication to the people he loved and respected was well known as he rarely missed the chance to speak adoringly of them both in their presence and even more so behind their backs. His presence was undeniable and is already enormously missed.
For those interested, his obituary can be found here. There will be a viewing from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday October 19, 2018 at Springer and Son Funeral Home which is located at 4150 SW 185th Avenue in Beaverton. Services will take place on Saturday October 20, 2018 at Holy Rosary Church which is located at 375 NE Clackamas Street in Portland. The viewing will be at 12:00 p.m., followed by the Rosary at 12:30 p.m., and the Mass will be at 1:00 p.m. The celebration of his life will occur after the Mass in the church hall. Interment will be private for family members only on Monday October 22, 2018 at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Portland. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Mother and Child Education Center at 1515 NE 41st Avenue, Portland, OR 97232, firstname.lastname@example.org, (503) 249-5801.