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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/17/15, 3:04 PM PST

Larry Sharp, an Inland Empire leader who for more than two decades ran the largest credit union in the region, died Monday after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 72.

For 27 years, Sharp was president and CEO of Arrowhead Credit Union, and most recently served as vice president of advancement at Cal State San Bernardino from 2010 to 2012.

The Redlands resident was also known for long-term involvement with many local political causes, including serving as the past chairman of the political action group Inland Action.

“He was fighting for San Bernardino, really, up until his very serious illness,” said Jordan Jerry, who knew Sharp since the 1980s and worked for him six years at Arrowhead Credit Union. “It was unbelievable to watch how Mr. Sharp really interacted with the community, not just the credit union committee but also the community at large. His integrity was just at the top.”

The San Bernardino-based credit union, which had about 152,000 members and was the largest in the Inland Empire, was taken over by the National Credit Union Administration in 2010 because of its “declining financial condition.”

At the time, regulators also said credit union executives had misstated financial reports.

The credit union was released from conservatorship in 2013.

In a remembrance posted Tuesday, the California Credit Union League said Sharp left “a 45-year legacy of volunteerism and leadership within the California credit union movement and the local Inland Empire community.”

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