Local Obituaries

Harlan Logan, founder of Logan's of Lexington, dies at age 74

William Harlan Logan
William Harlan Logan

Harlan Logan, creator of Lexington's classic men's clothing store that bears his name, died Friday. He was 74.

Mr. Logan was a man who "never met a stranger," his son Steve said.

"You literally hated going out with him sometimes because it was going to be the longest walk through the restaurant, because he was going to know everyone," Steve Logan said.

Mr. Logan and his wife, Betty, opened the first Logan's in 1964 in Midway. It was a general store that the couple transformed with a focus on menswear. Mr. Logan grew up poor in Emerson in Eastern Kentucky, Steve Logan said. He worked hard to build the family business into the high-end Logan's of Lexington operating now in Tates Creek Center.

Always impeccably dressed, Mr. Logan set a standard for customer service that kept shoppers coming back, Steve Logan said: "Some people are hands-off in their business. He was hands-on."

The store is a testament to both Mr. Logan's good taste and his hard work, according to his son.

"He was born with nothing in the mountains and moved here on his own," Steve Logan said. "That's the thing he was most proud of. It is a real success story as far as the way we look at it."

Mr. Logan worked in the store until about eight years ago when, coping with the symptoms of Lewy body dementia, he retired, leaving Steve and his brother, Elliot, to continue the family business. Lewy body dementia affects neurological function and also has physical symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease, according to LBDA.org, the website for the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

Steve Logan said family life and work were his father's focus throughout his life.

But, he said, if the horses were running at Keeneland, his father was likely to be there. Mr. Logan, who had owned several race horses, studied the racing form thoroughly.

"He had the most complicated tickets," Steve Logan said. "I didn't even understand what he was betting."

In addition to his wife and two sons, Mr. Logan is survived by four grandchildren. Mr. Logan was a member of Tates Creek Christian Church.

Arrangements are incomplete, but funeral services and visitation will be at Kerr Brother Funeral Home on Harrodsburg Road. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Garden in Frankfort.