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Larry James Harvey, 74, passed away peacefully January 19, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. Before his passing, friends, co-workers, and family visited to reminisce about old times, hear a few last dad jokes, and express their love.
Larry was born November 1, 1949 to Glenn Avery Harvey and Eva Marie (Lord) Sears in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Larry was born premature, and his mother took great care of him to ensure he survived. His family spoiled and doted on him so much that he didn't speak for the first few years of his life because he never needed to. Once they encouraged Larry to talk, he quickly learned to speak up, and then he never stopped. He lived a happy life with his mother and step-father and regularly visited his father and grandparents who all lived within walking distance of his mother's home. He was an adventurous child who enjoyed cutting school, playing tricks on teachers, and having fun with his siblings.
Larry worked at a variety of jobs from a young age. He often told his children how he delivered newspapers in snow up to his knees in winter walking uphill all the way and then had to walk uphill in the snow to school going both ways. During his teenage years, he worked on the summer range on the Continental Divide with his grandfather, Oliver Harvey. They tended cattle, making sure that they were safe from both two- and four-legged critters that would wish to harm them. They had no TV and radio reception was spotty, so they would tell stories, sing, and eat Grandma Harvey's home canned peaches. He thought it was great fun.
After graduating from Payette High School in 1968, he worked on a dude ranch in the Grand Tetons. After working for the summer in 1969, Larry decided to enlist in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. While waiting for a slot in boot camp, he worked in Ontario, Oregon where he met his wife, Maggie (Margaret) Lowe in the LDS Institute at Treasure Valley. Maggie was stranded in Oregon due to being involved in a car accident. Ironically, they both worked at Ore-Ida. Larry worked the day shift, and Maggie worked nights, but they didn't know it till later. They began corresponding after Larry went into the Air Force and Maggie returned home to Salt Lake City. They wrote to each other regularly for two years while Larry completed boot camp, training, and deployed overseas in Okinawa, Japan. They married on April 7, 1972 in the Salt Lake Temple while he was stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona.
During his career the Air Force stationed Larry in Okinawa, Japan, Luke Air Force Base, McCord Air Force Base, Taiwan, Thailand, Holloman Air Force Base, MacDill Air Force Base, Tonopah Test Range, and finally Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada in April of 1982.
Larry and Maggie had six wonderful children, and each child was born in a different state. Larry often joked about having six children in six different states and having 44 to go! When presented with the possibility of another transfer after Nellis, he told his commanding officer he couldn't move again because every time they move they have another baby. His CO allowed him to stay in Las Vegas, where he retired as a Senior Master Sergeant from the Air Force after serving honorably for 24 years, 11 months, and 9 days.
After retiring from the Air Force, he went back to school and graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1998. Larry and Maggie moved to Henderson, Nevada in 2001, and he started working for the City of Henderson in 2002 where he stayed for the rest of his life.
Larry enjoyed being a grandfather to his 12 grandchildren. He helped babysit when needed, gave rides when asked, attended concerts and games, volunteered at Girl Scout cookie booths and service projects, and supported his grandchildren in countless ways. His grandchildren requested his homemade root beer whenever the family had a celebration. He enjoyed traveling to see family and often chose to attend family reunions or make family visits over any traditional vacation.
He loved being involved in his community and was very civic-minded. He made friends with all his neighbors, enjoyed being a part of his neighborhood LMA board, and attended city council meetings regularly to know what was happening in his area. He made sure to keep up with what was going on with each friend and family member.
Larry also had a great love for the Boy Scouts of America where he volunteered for 45 years, serving both youth and adult scouts. He was a great dutch oven chef often cooking for scouts and family. He was also active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served in many roles over his lifetime. He showed love through service, giving his time to his family and church whenever asked.
Larry's greatest love and legacy is his family, followed by his church, and our great country.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and his brother Donald. He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Maggie; siblings Mary, Marsha, Cheryl, Mike, Kim, and Shawna; children Glenn, Scott (Fallon), Andrea (Brien), Kristi (Howard Jr.), Carolyn (Matt), and Lacey (Jonathan); and 12 grandchildren.
To honor his life, a viewing will be held Saturday, February 3rd at 9:30-10:40 a.m. with services following at 11:00 a.m. in the LDS chapel at 567 Pacific Ave, Henderson, Nevada 89015. A light luncheon for family and friends will follow the Saturday services. Interment will be Monday, February 5th at 9:20 a.m. at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Dr, Boulder City, Nevada 89006.
To view the live funeral services through Youtube, click HERE.