Former Largo commissioner dies at 85; celebration of life set for Friday
Jean Halvorsen, who served as a commissioner for more than two decades, died Feb. 25 in Largo. She was 85.
According to her obituary, Halvorsen was born in Wisconsin and moved in 1974 to Palm Hill Country Club, a mobile home park in Largo, with her late husband, Harry. Her time living there inspired her to run for commission in 1985 as an advocate for mobile home residents, former Mayor Bob Jackson said Thursday.
Jackson, 82, remembered Halvorsen as a dependable and outgoing woman with a passion for public service.
"She’s not one to sit around when things happen," he said. "She was a mover."
Halvorsen was active over the years in several local organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas, the Largo Chamber of Commerce and the Largo Woman's Club. She also served on the Florida Mobile Homeowners Association and the Florida League of Cities.
Halvorsen is survived by a niece, Judith R. Mullen. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Cypress Palms, an assisted living facility located at 400 Lake Ave. NE where Halvorsen spent the last years of her life.