Larry Patrick is leaving Dothan Leisure Services for a life of leisure.
He started at the bottom in 1979 and worked his way up to assistant director.
Larry said retiring is bittersweet.
“Number one is the people. All of the events we do that is what it is about. We get to do fun things. I’ll miss the excitement of the tournaments and some of the activities that we are allowed to participate in, and I was allowed to help organize and work,” said Larry.
His co-workers say Larry has had his hands on just about everything in the department.
He’s been involved in every major park project since 1979, the Hoops Classic Basketball Tournament, and landing the Regional High School Basketball Tournament.
“Larry’s style is to be out there in the action. He’s not one to sit in the office. Larry likes to be on site getting his hands dirty and making the public happy,” said Dothan Leisure Services Director Elston Jones.
“Larry is the person you see on weekends, on holidays, on nights out being a part of this community. It’s going to be hard to replace him. A lot of us are going to miss him because he’s been a model employee,” said Dothan City Manager Mike West.
Larry has also played a part in the growth of the Special Olympics and the Miracle Field Complex.
“It’s his experience. He’s been here so long and he’s done so much not a whole lot surprises him,” said Dothan Leisure Services Athletic Coordinator Roy Kitts. “I went and asked him a question this morning… and I said what am I going to do next week?”
But Larry has an idea what he’ll be doing in the weeks to come.
“Maybe I’ll get in a little better shape. I’ll have time to run and work out and do some things that I haven’t had enough time to do,” said Larry.
His last official day on the job is Thursday, December 12.