Lawrence (Larry) H. Packard
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Lawrence (Larry) H. Packard, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on Tuesday, 16 April, 2013, at his home after a brief battle with cancer. Larry was born 7 July, 1923, in Nampa, Idaho, and attended schools in Happy Valley and Kuna. He graduated from Kuna High School in 1942.
Following graduation, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, training in Laredo, Texas, and Gowen Field in Boise, with assignment as gunner on a B-24 bomber in the European theater in World War II. After the war, Larry went to Tahiti on a church mission for three years. Returning to the states, he moved with his family to Mesa, where he attended Arizona State College (now ASU) and graduated with a master's degree in education. It was there that he taught high school for 31 years and had his own construction business, developing many sub-divisions in that area. He married Martha Kerby and together they had seven children. Following his wife's death in 2009, Larry married LaRue Yorgason McKnight from Nampa on 19 June, 2010.
Larry was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many positions, along with serving three full-time missions in Tahiti. He also served many years in both the Tahiti and Mesa Temples.
He is survived by his wife of three years, LaRue, and extensive family members. Funeral services were held 20 April in Mesa, with interment in the Mesa City Cemetery.
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 30, 2013