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Meech, Lawrence R. - Monterey  
Lawrence R. Meech April 13, 1924 ~ January 16, 2015 Monterey, CA "I love life and life loves me" ... no saying has ever rung more true than for the sweet precious man who favored it. Larry was born in the quiet little town of Twin Falls, Idaho, where here, he was blessed to have a happy, carefree childhood and upbringing. A veteran of World War II and The Korean War, wherein he served as 1st Lt. under engineering divisions in both, Larry was also a graduate of The University of Idaho, where here, his field of study was Extractive Industries, and he majored in business and minored in engineering. In 1949, he came to The Monterey Peninsula, where he met and married his beloved wife of forty-four years; they had their children and they established life-long residency. Larry's career span also included ownership of the Carmel El Fumador tobacco shop, managing (with his wife) The Monte Vista Apartments; real estate; Materials Controller for N.A.F.I. (International Automotive Fibers, Incorporated); trust officer at the Monterey branch of Crocker Bank; employment at The Mediterranean Market and Stern's Luggage; and sales associate at Holman's Department Store, of which was eventually purchased by The Charles Ford Company, and where here he retired, in 1992. Larry loved people and being social. A long-time member of The Monterey Elk's Club and The Monterey Museum of Art, in his later years, Larry thoroughly enjoyed his memberships in The Carmel Foundation and The Widowed Persons' Club, as well. Secondly to his two beloved children, Larry's greatest passions were music and photography. A musician, himself, in his earlier years, the sounds of the big band era brought him endless delight. Furthermore, Larry's beautiful florals, seascapes, people pictures and uniquely amazing photo montages that literally covered the walls of every room in his home -- that of which he took great pride in referring to as "Meech Manor Gallery" -- were an invariable treat for all of whom came to visit. Larry particularly liked photographing local musicians at Peninsula jazz jams he frequented throughout the years. When asked why he never sold his lovely work, his answer was always that giving it away brought him far greater pleasure. He was indeed an extraordinarily kind, generous, loving and caring man, with a darling sense of humor; and, his love and joy will assuredly live on in the hearts of every life whom he touched and brightened. Larry is preceded in passing by his parents, Frederick W. and Besse E. Meech; his wife, Billie; his only sibling brother, Frederick A. Meech; and best friends, Wayne Fuller, Earl Hayes and Bob Sahlberg. He is survived by his beloved lady friend of over twelve years, Margaret Farrier; daughter, Laurie Meech (Chris Harris); son, Rick Meech (Marie); godson, David Fuller (Arlene); grandson, Allan Hardy; great granddaughter, Niya Hardy; sister-in-law, Mary Meech; niece, Jana Rae; and two surrogate daughters, Louise Farrier Crosby (Charles) and Diane Salomone. To every loving, caring individual who so greatly contributed to Larry's long and magnificently happy life, his family wishes to express their deepest gratitude. A celebration of Larry's life will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at 2:00pm, at The Monterey United Methodist Church, located at the intersection of Soledad Drive and Pacific St., in Monterey. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made in his memory to: Hospice of The Central Coast, 2 Upper Ragsdale, Suite D120, Monterey, CA 93940.
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Published in The Monterey Herald on Jan. 29, 2015
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