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Lawrence Henry "Larry" Woolslayer, a long-time San Francisco Bay area native and relatively recent retiree to Humboldt County, California, passed away on March 20, 2015, just shy of his 90th birthday. Born in 1925, Larry was raised in Vallejo, California. Upon high school graduation, he honorably served our country in the Navy during World War II. After returning from the war, Larry earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He was employed as a haberdasher at Crawley's during his early working career, but soon was offered a position as an accountant at the California State Board of Equalization in Sacramento, then the Oakland office, retiring after 30 years.

In 1956, Larry married Arlene Henke, also a Bay Area native, and together they had two sons, Michael and Matthew. The family spent time every summer vacationing in Benbow, California and enjoyed fishing and camping along the Eel River. In later years, Larry and Arlene continued to visit Humboldt, where they spent less time camping and more time golfing and wine tasting, their favorite destinations being the Eureka Muni golf course, the Sea Grill restaurant, and the Briceland Winery.

In 2010, Larry and Arlene decided to move out of the heat of the east Bay area, to the milder climate of Eureka to enjoy their final years in their favorite vacation destination. Eventually, they moved from their home in Eureka to Alder Bay Assisted Living, and then on to Timber Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care in McKinleyville.

Larry impressed all who met or worked with him as a very kind, gentle, exceedingly polite and intelligent man. His accounting career served him well in keeping his mind sharp throughout his elder years and his haberdashery days influenced his life-long keen eye for fashion and aesthetic. Aside from golfing and fishing, Larry took great joy in gardening. Larry was a very devoted husband and he never let a day pass when he didn't walk from Timber Ridge to Renaissance to join Arlene for lunch and dinner.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Lila Woolslayer; his son, Matthew Woolslayer; his brother-in-law, Jerry Bearden; and his nephew, Craig Bearden. He is survived by his wife, Arlene Woolslayer of McKinleyville, CA; his son, Michael Woolslayer; his sister, Connie Sue Bearden of Granite Bay, CA; and his niece, Lynn Charton and her family of San Rafael, CA.

A warm and special thank you is extended to the wonderful staffs at Eureka Rehabilitation & Wellness Center; Alder Bay and Timber Ridge McKinleyville assisted living facilities; Mad River Home Health; Mad River Community Hospital; and Hospice of Humboldt for their exceptional and compassionate care of Larry. An especially grateful thank you to physical therapist Lucinda Bradshaw and Dr. Marcelle Mahan, whose exceptional oversight and care of Larry was deeply appreciated.

Larry did not wish for a service and would ask that any donations be made to a favorite local charity.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Apr. 5, 2015
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