MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Following the passing of Montgomery City Councilman Tracy Larkin, Macon County EMA Director Frank Lee spoke about their longtime friendship.
“He was just one of those guys who was a great art, a great communicator, and an outstanding individual, great family man, great father, and great husband,” Lee said.
Lee said he talked to Larkin just last week.
“We had a joyous conversation,” Lee said. “We laughed, we joked, and the most disappointing thing about it is someone rumored that Tracy had passed away early, and we laughed about it.”
Lee says Larkin was loyal throughout his years of public service. He also reminisced on their friendship, remembering the first time he met Larkin.
“I was a summer intern student at wireless and wireless chemical Oil Corporation. Tracy was the Director of Public Relations,” Lee said.
According to Lee, that is where their relationship was built. He became the photographer.
“We worked together in radio, we worked together in public service and, you know, we just, we had a lifelong friendship,” Lee added.
While Larkin’s cause of death has not been released, he had been absent from city council meetings and was said to be dealing with an illness.
“Tracy had had some respiratory problems prior to the COVID situation,” Lee said.
Lee said Larkin was handling his illness well and even talked about working to attend council meetings virtually.
“He was a people person, a public servant, and a guy that I’ll always remember.”
Others have also reacted to Larkin’s passing.
Larkin is survived by his wife, Adrienne, and their daughter. He served five terms, representing Montgomery’s 3rd City Council District from 1999 to 2021. According to the city, fellow council members selected Tracy to serve as Council President Pro Tem, a position he relinquished in 2020 due to ongoing health struggles.
Mayor Steven Reed released the following statement on Larkin’s passing:
“Tracy spent his life serving others – working on behalf of not only his own district’s interests but the needs of our entire community. As a Council member, Tracy was empathetic, pragmatic, and fair. He fiercely loved his family and wanted only the best for our city. We mourn this loss but rest assured in knowing Tracy’s legacy will live on and bear fruit for decades to come in Montgomery.”
Alabama State University President Quinton T. Ross Jr. released the following statement:
“Alabama State University joins the residents of Montgomery, Alabama, in mourning the passing of alumnus and longtime public servant, Tracy Larkin. An award-winning broadcaster and entrepreneur, Mr. Larkin also was a member of the Montgomery City Council, serving from 1999 to the time of his passing. He was known as a compassionate advocate, who served his constituents faithfully with an exemplary level of passion and vision. Mr. Larkin will be remembered as a celebrated alumnus of his alma mater. Please keep his wife, Adrienne, his daughter, his family and constituents in your prayers.”