Community celebration of former Mayor Harvey Hall's life set for June 2

Harvey Hall, former mayor of Bakersfield, Calif., and founder of Hall Ambulance, is seen in a file photo provided by his company Saturday, May 19, 2018. Hall died early Saturday of a rapidly progressive, unspecified disease.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – A community celebration is set for Saturday, June 2, in honor of Harvey Hall's life.

The former mayor and founder of Hall Ambulance Service died over the weekend following a brief illness from a rapidly progressive, unspecified disease, according to his company.

The public is invited to the celebration, set for 10 a.m. that day at Rabobank Arena. Hall Ambulance said Monday that additional details are forthcoming.

The company also said the family will ask people to contribute to three different organizations in lieu of flowers. Hall Ambulance has yet to announce the chosen organizations.

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Hall, 77, was the city's longest-serving mayor, succeeded by Karen Goh when he decided against running for another term in 2016.

He championed community unity, litter cleanup, helping the homeless population and mentoring the city’s young people.

Hall continued to run his ambulance service until this month, when the company said he would step down due to the illness. His wife, Lavonne, was named company president.

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