Conrad, Larry A.
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Larry passed away peacefully on July 13, 2014. He was born February 13, 1937 in Pontiac, Illinois to Vernon and Anita Conrad. The family moved to Arizona in 1952. Larry is a graduate of West Phoenix High School and Arizona State University, as well as the Northern Arizona University master's program. Music was an integral part of his life as a member of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra French horn section for 28 years, including 13 as Principal horn. He was respected and loved by his colleagues for his musicianship as well as his generous manner and sense of humor. He later performed, at various times, with the Salt River Brass, the Scottsdale Community Orchestra, and the Chandler Symphony. Larry was also a music educator for most of his career, teaching band in the Isaac and Scottsdale School Districts, and French horn at the NAU Summer Music Camp, also playing in the Flagstaff Summer Festival. Larry was a faithful sports fan of the Chicago Cubs, the Phoenix Suns, and ASU athletics. He is survived by his wife, Judy, sons Steve and Sam (Kim), grandsons Sean and Ryan, his siblings Vernita (Bob, deceased), Jim (Mary Jane), and Jay Dee (Andrea), and many beloved cousins and nieces and nephews. Larry was a gentle and good man, loved deeply by his family. He will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his memory to Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children. A 501(c)3 charity which provides at-risk youth with music education. P.O. Box 13446 Phoenix AZ 85002. www.rosieshouse.org, or to Tempe First United Methodist Church, 215 E. University Dr.,Tempe AZ 85281. www.tempefirstumc.org. A memorial service will be held at the church on Friday, July 25 at 10 a.m.
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 19, 2014