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Larry Ball


05/10/1944 - 03/21/2015 Obituary
Larry Ball Obituary
Larry Ball had all the qualities that anyone would desire in a son, brother, husband, father or friend (he did like to talk a lot, but then, he was a walking encyclopedia). He loved his small family and friends of whom he had many. He was kind, thoughtful, generous, spiritual, adventurous, and curious about our world and universe. Larry was amazingly knowledgeable about a wide range of subjects because of his desire to keep learning throughout his life. Two-standout qualities about Larry were his intelligence and photographic memory. Larry would say he was a businessman, decision maker and problem solver. Under his stewardship, he transformed a mom and pop enterprise, Higgins Auto Wrecking, into a competitive professional organization. He pumped life and vitality into the business for nearly 40 years. He was loyal to his employees and considered them family. They returned that respect in kind, some never having worked for anyone else. He expanded his business holdings to include an array of properties and investments. He belonged to various associations and served a term as president of SJVADA.
He and his buddies Greg Tinsley and Roger Van Winkle enjoyed their annual fishing trips to the streams and rivers up and down the Owens Valley and places beyond. He and his pals Paul Milazzo and Bob Miller ocean-fished on Paul's boat where much fun ensued. After raising our family Larry and I enjoyed many pursuits including golf and travel, whether by trains, planes or automobiles the good times lasted until the last few years of Larry's life. Whether riding in a hot air balloon or careening through the sky in a WWII fighter plane or riding his Harley to Sturgis, salmon fishing in Alaska, scuba diving in Hawaii or golfing in New Zealand he had fun.
Larry was a handsome smart ambitious young man that I met through our mutual friend Jim Ott. He was a loving husband for 48 years to a wife he spoiled everyday and a loving responsible father and role model to two kids whom after a few crazy teenage years became smart reliable and fun loving adults. He was a 1962 graduate of Bakersfield High School and then later, Bakersfield College. Stationed in Korea, Larry served his country while in the US Army as a young man. He was an assistant manager for Mayfair market until 1972. Our daughter Leslie Thompson and her husband Matt and their children Adrienne and David and our son Phillip Ball and his wife Tobi and their children Anderson and Phoebe Jayne and myself, his wife Myra, survive Larry. In summation Larry was a people person, honest businessman and entrepreneur, a devoted family man who thoroughly celebrated being a grandfather or Papa as the grandkids called him. Cancer took him far too soon. We love him and will miss him. Without our anchor a gaping hole now exits in our hearts and the hearts of his close friends. I can't say enough about what a really loving, wonderful man you were Larry....I will always miss your love and wisdom. I know you are at peace.
In lieu of flowers we ask that you donate to the or or nothing at all is ok too.
Funeral services will be held Friday March 27, 2015 at the Bakersfield National Cemetery at 10:45 AM.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Mar. 26, 2015
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