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Gene Larrigan, 78, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2016. Gene was born February 26, 1938 to Bill and Ermenia Larrigan in Cle Elum, Washington. The Larrigans settled in Sutter Creek, California where Gene went to grade and high school.

Upon graduation, he attended San Jose State University, where he studied biology and played football for the Spartans. San Jose is where he met his wife of 46 years, Denise (Deni) Duncan Larrigan. Gene and Deni dedicated their professional lives to education, teaching in Livermore, CA after college, then spending 4 years teaching abroad in Japan, and coaching Japan's first high school football team.

After several years in Glendora, CA, teaching, coaching and working on his Masters, Gene took a position as the Vice Principal at Wheatland High School in 1974, moving the family to Yuba City. In 1975, Gene became the Principal at Wilson Continuation High School and started his career with Yuba City Unified School District. Gene held several positions within the district and retired in 1998 as the Assistant Superintendent of Business. One of his fondest accomplishments was the construction and opening of Albert Powell High School.

Gene, as with Deni, had a passion for teaching, but more so for the student. Their tenure in Special Education and the Continuation Education genre was a testament to their individual caring approach to education.

Gene and Deni had two sons, Garth and Patrick Larrigan and four grandchildren, Gehrig Larrigan and Wyatt Larrigan (Patrick), Hannah Larrigan and Brenna Larrigan (Garth and Laurie).

Gene was very active with the Yuba City Rotary and was instrumental in the purchase and development of Shady Creek as a board member of the Sutter County Schools. Over the years, he and Deni enjoyed the many friends they had in Yuba City, snowmobiling in La Porte, house boating at Englebright, fishing the lakes and rivers, and hunting ducks with his hunting partner Dan Pipkin.

Gene lived his life his way, not all that concerned with what others thought; this drove his passion (and occasionally got him in trouble). His heart was big and his passion was to benefit others. Although it was time, he will be missed as his passion will live on.

The family invites you to toast Gene's life at the Refuge on Tuesday, November 22nd at 6:00 p.m.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel.

Donations can be made to the Yuba City Rotary Club to benefit the Shady Creek Outdoor School (Yuba City Rotary, PO Box 785, Yuba City, CA 95992).

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Nov. 16, 2016
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