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Lawrence Mellette "Larry" Harmston, 90, passed away Monday, March 18, 2013, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.

Lawrence was born Dec. 26, 1922, in Roosevelt, Utah, to Arthur Mellette Harmston and Elise L. Trinnaman Harmston. He was one of six children and grew up working on his parents' ranch outside Roosevelt. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Roosevelt, Utah.

He joined the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1942 and was called to active duty in November 1942. He trained as a hospital corpsman. During WWII, he served aboard the USS Cambria, with the 5th Marines, USS Independence and the Naval hospitals at Aiea Heights, Territory of Hawaii; and Long Beach, Calif.

In January 1946, he was released from active service and attended Idaho State University, majoring in pharmacy.

He was recalled to active duty in September 1950. He was stationed at Bremerton Naval Shipyard, with the 1st Marine Division in Korea, the USS Walton, USS O'Bannon, NAD West Loch, Hawaii, Naval Training Center in San Diego, San Diego Naval Hospital, Naval Hospital in Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, Naval Hospital Corps School in San Diego, Naval Communications Station in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and Naval Air Station in Whidbey Island, Wash.

He retired in 1976 as a master chief hospital corpsman after 33 years of service and moved to Idaho Falls.

He was a volunteer at the Science Center and the Museum of Idaho.

He is survived by his wife of 621/2 years, LaDean; son, Donald Harmston of San Diego; daughter, Kaye Grosvenor of Los Angeles; and his brother, Charles Harmston of Mesa, Ariz. He had three grandchildren, Rebecca, Jennifer and Nicholas; and one great-grandson, Liam.

Hobbies included gardening, exercising at Apple Fitness, and reading and volunteering at the Museum of Idaho. No one who met him didn't like him.

A celebration of life will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Museum of Idaho, 200 N. Eastern Ave. Interment will be held at a later date in San Diego at Miramar National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Museum of Idaho, 200 N. Eastern Ave., Idaho Falls, ID 83402, are suggested.

Online condolences may be left at www.buckmillerhann.com.

Published in Post Register on Mar. 22, 2013
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