After a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease, Lawrence D. “Larry” Smith went home to be with his Heavenly Father on June 20, 2021.
Larry was born to Lawrence and Margaret Smith on January 11, 1938, in Whittier, CA. In the early 1960’s Larry was living in Colorado and met Mary Schroeder. They fell in love and married in 1964 having 57 wonderful years together. They had two daughters Jill and Stephanie.
Larry knew he liked airplanes at a young age and in 1957 he started Air Force pilot training, beginning a long and wonderful career in aviation. Larry flew fighters and was a test pilot in the Air Force. In 1969 Larry joined Western Airlines starting the airline portion of his career with Western then Delta Airlines. After retiring from the airlines, Larry joined Sky Fighters in Englewood, CO, flying aerobatics with people wanting a military dogfighting experience. Larry loved sharing aviation with friends and family. He never turned down a chance to take someone that expressed an interest in aviation, flying. He also taught Sunday school and bible study, volunteered for the Food Bank and prison ministry and was a founder of Harvest Bible Church in Elizabeth, Colorado. Larry also enjoyed riding horses, swimming, reading, singing and spending time with his family.
Larry loved The Lord and was a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend. He is survived by his wife Mary, his daughters Jill and Stephanie, son-in-law John, sister and brother-in-law Linda and Jim Laing, sister Sharon Mair, numerous brother and sisters in law, cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be missed. A funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Riverview Abbey, in Portland, Oregon and a memorial service will be held at Harvest Bible Church in Elizabeth, CO at a later date.
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