A very well known former Pasco city councilman named Tom Larsen (Thomas Christian Larsen) died on Wednesday at age 84.

He served on the council for 16 years and was a strong anti-tax supporter. He decided to leave the council last year and his wife ran for office instead but did not win the seat.

He was known for speaking his mind even if it was against popular opinion.

“In the few years I had the privilege to work with council member Larsen, I saw in Tom a public servant that held to his principles and put little to no value in being on the majority side of a policy issue, unless it was consistent with what he believed,” said City Manager Dave Zabell in reports.

Larsen lived in Pasco for 42 years.

His funeral services are being held at Mueller’s Greenlee Funeral Home in Pasco.