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Larry Edwin Pallas

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Larry Edwin Pallas August 1, 1950 – November 3, 2012 On a blue-sky autumn day Larry Edwin Pallas, age 62, died unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm at home in Grand Junction, CO. He was unwaveringly sure of a place in Heaven, and believed God would administer justice in the afterlife to those souls who had escaped it on earth. Larry was born in Pender, Nebraska to Betty Jane Sherwood, a lovely and talented teacher of Irish descent, and Edwin John Pallas, a tall, handsome Czech, who was a mechanic and amateur inventor. Their family was complete when baby sister, JoAnn, arrived after being dropped, four year-old Larry was convinced, into the peony bushes out in front of the house. When he discovered that she cried a lot and couldn't play baseball, he insisted that his parents "take her back"! Larry's life-long love of sports cars and all things speedy was first expressed at age nine months when his dad drove away to work: "Daddy, car, car. Brrrr!" After graduating from Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs, Larry bought a Gold Wing Honda 750, followed by a GTO Judge, and several Camaros and Corvettes over the years. Birthdays included a ride with a pro driver in a Lamborghini Countach, and a helicopter ride over the Monument. He loved the mountains, especially Rocky Mountain National Park and Maroon Bells. After marrying Larraine Vollmert in 1975, they honeymooned near Dillon Reservoir. A late afternoon hike became a lost-in-the-woods, midnight adventure after they missed the path in a boulder field. Their daughter, Lara Nicole, was born in Ft. Collins in 1979. It was a meeting of two adept minds...Larry loved to teach, and Lara loved to learn, though they never quite resolved what might be on the outside of the universe. Working seemed to be what Larry always did. A paper route when he was nine, accordion teacher, soda jerk, bus boy, respiratory therapist, and then electrical engineering and computer science degrees led to IBM for seven years. When that became a job designing ways to knock ICBMs out of the sky, he changed course and earned a master's degree in medical physics. He worked at University and Swedish Hospitals in Denver before joining the Radiation oncology department at St. Mary's in Grand Junction 11 years ago and later, San Juan Cancer Center in Montrose. His passion for excellence led him to double and redouble his efforts as chief physicist to ensure everything he did would help the Advanced Medicine Pavilion live up to its name. Larry is survived by wife, Larraine; daughter, Lara (Andy) Janiszewski; mother, Betty; sister, JoAnn(Matt) Lewis; nephew, Edward (Rose) Lewis; uncle, Amos Sherwood; cousins, Wayne Pallas (Carol Cameron) and Carol (Skip) Morris, and other extended family. His father, Ed, predeceased him last year. Cremation has taken place. A service is being held at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary on Saturday, November 17 at 12 noon and is open to all who would like to join us in celebrating Larry's life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to National , United Way, Red Cross, VFW, or NRA.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on Nov. 14, 2012
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