Walt Lukken, longtime community leader in LaGrange and father of LaGrange Mayor Jeff Lukken, died Wednesday afternoon at Hospice LaGrange. He was 85.
Walt Lukken was a former chairman of the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce and a founding member of the LaGrange Development Authority. Lukken Industrial Drive is named in his honor, along with one of the city’s industrial parks.
He was part of the team that hired Jane Fryer to be president of the chamber in 1973.
“He’s been my mentor for my whole career,” said Fryer, who now works for the Meriwether County Development Authority. “He worked tirelessly to make economic development a success here.”
Lukken was one of the first to be awarded the Georgia Volunteer of the Year Award for his work in LaGrange.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Check Friday’s LaGrange Daily News for more remembrances of Walt Lukken.