Larry N. Elstran age 70, beloved brother, nephew, cousin and friend, sadly left us on April 15, 2014 to join the rest of his wide family in a better world. Larry was preceded in death by his mother and father, Erna and David Elstran. He is survived by brother, David in Las Vegas, Nevada and brother, John and sister, Karen of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Larry was born in Chippewa Falls and graduated high school there. Shop classes were his favorite studies, and he was to make that his life's work. Coming to Seattle, Washington in 1962, he apprenticed in machine shops while continuing his education at Seattle Community College. He moved to Arizona where he was employed at ITT-Cannon and MacDonald-Douglas in Mesa. Larry served in the Army National Guard-Medical Division for six years and received an Arizona State Honor Award of Expert Badge w/rifle bar. He was honorably discharged in January 1971. The Pacific Northwest with its milder climate was his first choice of where to live. Upon returning to Seattle, he worked for a South-end machine shop before joining the Boeing Co. in Seattle and Everett. Twelve years later, he retired from Boeing in 2001. Larry bought his home next door to his aunt and uncle, Betty and Ken Sarrett on Whidbey Island, Washington. He loved to go salmon fishing and to an occasional swap-meet or garage sale with his cousin. You were dearly loved, Larry. Your kindness to all, your easy-going grace and sense of humor made friends wherever you went. May God grant you peace and extend that peace to all of us who miss you so.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on May 4, 2014