Jay Lawrence Corby, Jr.

Oct 1, 1944 - Mar 18, 2014


CORBY, Jr., Jay Lawrence “Larry”

Larry Corby died peacefully at home on March 18, 2014 after a brief battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife Charleene of 47 years, daughter Camie (Chris) Gould, son Jarrod Corby, grandchildren Caden and Connor Gould, Jarrod Jr. and Cameron Rose Corby. Larry is also survived by his sisters Carol Manning and Connie (Steve) Haussler, sister-in-law Rhonda (Terry) Pfenning, brothers-in-law Randy Keeney, Mark (Ronda) Keeney, and many nieces and nephews.

Larry was born in Berwyn, Illinois on October 1, 1944 to Jay and Jane Corby. He served with distinction for six years in the United States Marine Corps, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Following his military service Larry joined the California Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer at Folsom State Prison. The highlight of Larry’s 31-year correctional career was his instrumental work in the Department of Planning and Construction in maintaining the safest correctional facilities in the nation. He retired as a Captain in 2000. Larry was a member of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) assisting the president in accomplishing goals for line staff. He served on the Executive Council and as State Secretary for a total of 11 years. He continued to be a member and supporter via the Retired Chapter of CPOA.

Larry was one of five co-founders and a lifelong National Director of the Correctional Peace Officers (CPO) Foundation, a national charity for those in the corrections profession. Now in its 30th year, the CPO Foundation has provided over $16 million during the last decade to families of Correctional Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty and to Officers and families in times of catastrophic need. In addition to the family of which he was most proud, Larry was also proud to have been part of the team that conceived the concept and actively furthered the process of constructing a National Corrections Museum. This museum will be built on the grounds of Folsom State Prison. In lieu of flowers, the Corby family requests that donations be made to the National Corrections Museum building fund. Donations should be made to: “Big House Prison Museum” and mailed to the CPO Foundation, P.O. Box 348390, Sacramento, CA 95834-8390.

Services for Larry Corby will be held Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM at East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, CA 95841.


  • Mark Viale says:

    Char, Diana Viale and myself are forever grateful to Larry for his work in the Design and Construction of the new prisons which now exist statewide. They are safer to work because of men like Larry. We first meet Larry in 1993 when we started as new Offiers at Centinela State Prison. Larry gave the new employee group tour and explained why things were built the way they are with a new commitment to safety. This was a history lesson as well as an explaination of why things were changed. I have never forgot what Larry taught and I still share what I learned from Larry with new officers to this day. You and your whole family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Larry will be missed, they don’t make them like him anymore.

  • Joe & Claudin Ponder says:

    Char you and your family will for ever be in our thoughts and prayers. It was an honor to know Larry and we will always be proud that we got to know him and how he cared for people in the field of corrections. Larry May you rest in peace Sir. We love you all Joe and Claudin Ponder TEXAS Field Rep CPOF

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