It is with deep sadness that the family of Larry William Larsen announce that he passed away unexpectedly at his home in Wofford Heights on February 26, 2020, at the age of 77.
Born October 11, 1942, in Los Angeles, he was the only child to parents Ray and Fran Larsen. He grew up in the Los Angeles area and graduated from Gardena High School. Shortly after graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and from 1960 to 1964, he served at radar stations in Labrador and Washington.
He was proud of his military service to his country and he continued to honor veterans with the simple tasks of proudly flying the American flag in front of his home and installing a green light bulb on his porch in remembrance of our veterans. In 2014, Larry and his wife Jerryl both served as veteran escorts on an Honor Flight trip to the veteran memorials in Washington, D.C.
Following his service in the Air Force, he joined the Steamfitters Local 250 for an apprenticeship where he proudly served as a member for 53 years. During his career, Larry worked on steam plants, the off-shore pipeline and numerous construction projects around the Los Angeles area. He was offered a position on the Alaskan Pipeline but opted to turn it down.
It was while working on a steam plant in Playa Del Rey during the mid-1970s that he met his wife, Jerryl, who worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. They were married in 1980 and recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Although he grew up in the Los Angeles area, Larry was a frequent visitor to the Kern River Valley to visit his parents who had retired in Wofford Heights. In 2003, following both of their retirements, Larry and Jerryl moved to the Kern River Valley, making their home in Wofford Heights.
Along with fishing and playing golf, Larry loved to travel, and shortly after retirement, the couple purchased a motorhome and traveled thousands of miles throughout the United States and Baja, Mexico. He enjoyed getting together with friends for dinner and the simple pleasure of driving around the Kern River Valley, the place he loved to call home.
Larry was a member of the Kern River Valley Elks Lodge and enjoyed going to the VFW Post in Lake Isabella for Honor Flight breakfasts.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Fran Larsen. He is survived by his wife, Jerryl and their beloved cat, Fuzzy; sister-in-law Karen Schuyler of Kentucky; nephew Wess Schuyler of Kentucky; nieces Jennifer Buss of Colorado and Dana O’Reilly of California along with grand nieces and nephews.
No services are planned at this time. A private gathering with friends to celebrate Larry’s life will be held at a later time.