Larry Lee Motz (1935 - 2017)

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    - John Perry
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    - Wanda Lewis
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    - Joanne Blackburn
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    - Brad & Nancy Bradley

Larry Lee Motz, beautiful tenor/baritone, left this life on Sept. 14, 2017, to join the Heavenly chorus. Larry was born on Dec. 10, 1935, to Edward and Naomi Motz in Alamosa, Colo., where he was raised and baptized in the Christian faith.
He left home at age 17, to join the USAF and completed high school with a GED. His Air Force career stationed him at the Summer White House in Denver, Colo., as an Honor Guard for President Eisenhower. Larry was on active duty during the President's heart attack and subsequent recovery in 1955, and accompanied him on the trip back to Washington, D.C. When Guard duty ended, he chose Alaska as his next tour. He sang with the Eielsonaires and managed the Eielson Air Force Base football team, the Outlaws. He suffered a severe broken leg and after a year in recovery, he left the Air Force and enrolled at Adams State College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts.
During college, he met the love of his life, Lynnette Louise Studebaker, whom he married on Feb. 16, 1963. His love of music and Alaska continued as he taught music in Hoonah, Alaska; Rangely, Colo.; Trinidad, Colo.; Glennallen, Alaska; and Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. Larry transitioned from teaching and joined the personnel department of Alaska State Operated Schools, which led to the position of Superintendent HR for British Petroleum, from which he retired. He enjoyed his time at BP tremendously, having the opportunity to help employees, many of whom became very close and some he counted as fast friends until his passing.
He was a wonderful father to Lawrence Scott Motz (Cindy) and Stacia Lynnette Motz (Brian Bunn), and an incredible grandfather, "Peepa," to Joy, Alexander and Maximilian Motz. Overwhelming numbers of condolence notes describe Larry as a good man, a great friend, a father figure and role model, the best boss ever, kind, considerate and loved by all who knew him. He enjoyed crosswords, football - specially the Denver Broncos - traveling and brightening any room with stories of humor and mirth.
He leaves behind a multitude of friends; Lynnette, wife of 54 years; son, daughter and their spouses; grandchildren; brother, Paul E. Motz (Marianne); sister-in-law, Mary Motz; father-in-law, D. Douglas Studebaker; brother-in-law, Douglas E. Studebaker (Elsie); sisters-in-law, Linda Motz, Laura Letey (Ron) and Leslie Johnson (Frank); and a myriad of wonderful nieces and nephews; and "weekend daughters," Chari, Kristin and Kelley.
Larry was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Thomas Scott, Arthur and Marvin; and sister, Mona.
A private cremation service was held on Sept. 21, 2017, and a Celebration of Life will be held in June 2018. His was Friends of Pets.
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal."
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2017