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10/30/14 05:20 PM #1    

Nancy Roark (DePuy)

I remember when Larry was in my algebra class in my freshman year!  It was with Miss Pogue and it was the last period of the day, as I remember.  He was always very kind and friendly.  Years later I remember reading that he had died very young and very suddenly.  I hope his family has very fond memories of his kind manner. Since I, too, lost a very dear husband, I can imagine what Larry's family must have gone through.  I imagine he would be very curious about all that has happened to all of us, and maybe he could have been on our reunion planning committee.  He is remembered and he is missed!


11/03/14 10:54 AM #2    

Bill Probert

I met Larry in 3rd grade when I arrived at HA Hyde school after moving from Millbrae, CA.  Larry was one of the smart guys in class and he was a great artist. It's funny but he and I spent most of our time drawing pictures of football players. He could draw anything but he loved sports. I sort of copied Larry's work as I wasn't as talented as him!

 Larry became an opthamologist and had a very successful practice in Watsonville. I remember my Mom calling me and telling me that Larry had an accident in the shower and fell and hid his head and died from the blow. What a sad story. (I hope I have this right as my memory isn't what it used to be) 

We all knew Larry would be somebody special because of his intelligence but also because he was a great guy who liked everyone. Thanks for your friendship Larry and congratulations on your successful life. I just wish it could have been longer.

11/17/14 10:28 AM #3    

Bryce George (George)

Larry was one of the students that started kindergarten and graduated from WHS. I think there were close to thirty of us who started in Mrs. Donahue's class at MacQuiddy.

As I remember, Larry took over his father's Opthamology business at the corner of Sudden and Third Streets.

It was Larry's tenth birthday party at his house when we were playing football.  Bob Alexander landed on top of my arm breaking both bones.  This was kind of ironic as Bob had been run over by the school bus as we were waiting to get on on our way to kindergarten.  Bob's leg was broken and we spent a good part of the moring telling Mrs. Donahue what we had witnessed.

Yes, Larry is missed.  I had not heard the details of his passing.

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