Harry D. Lariz, Jr., 65, who was born and raised in Key West, passed away July 4, 2013 after a long illness.
Harry played varsity football for Key West High and received a scholarship for his great plays on the football field, earning him the nickname, "Stonewall" for his tackling ability.
In 1968, at the age of 20, Harry joined the Key West Police Department. In 1969, he was shot point blank during an arrest. He earned a commendation from the department and although he suffered life-threatening injuries and was told he could retire, he continued to serve on the department for 23 years, retiring as a lieutenant in 1991.
In 1972, Harry also received the "Police Officer of the Year" award. Harry always dreamed of living in the country and moved to Chiefland after his retirement.
Harry loved his home and showed pride in everything he did. He was a very devoted and loving son, brother, father, grandfather and friend who would do everything he could to help his neighbors, family and friends.
Harry was born Sept. 6, 1947 to Harry D. and Edwina (Martinez) Lariz Sr. He was one of three sons who served on the department; older brother, Antonio Lariz (deceased) and his younger brother, David Lariz (deceased).
Harry leaves behind many loving family members and friends: daughter, Amanda (Kristopher) Lariz-McDaniel; sons, Stephen Lariz and Andrew Davila; grandchildren, Olivia, Christian and Grace Lariz-McDaniel; Mary and Greg Spike (family), Matilda "Tilly" Lariz (sister-in-law), Alfred Brost (devoted friend), nieces, nephews and numerous others.
A service, in honor of his life, was held in the chapel of WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME WESTAREA, July 9.