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Paul Lawrence "Larry" Root Obituary
Root, Paul Lawrence "Larry"
November 19, 1937 - June 4, 2014
In the loving presence of family, friends and caregivers, Larry peacefully ended his battle with Alzheimer's on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014. He was born on November 19th, 1937, in Pasadena to Dorothy and Frances "Jack" Root. He attended Webster Elementary School, John Marshall Jr. High, Pasadena High School then Pasadena City College. Larry transferred to UCLA and graduated in 1959, and then joined the Air Force Reserves. He then worked in advertising for Young & Rubicam, in real estate at Forest E. Olson, Inc., and wholesale roofing sales at The Christian Company.
It was fate that brought Larry and the love of his life, Karen Johnson together. Who would have thought a boat show in San Francisco would be the magical moment for them. They were married in Kealakekua, Hawaii in 1962. The Aloha spirit has been a big part of their lives. Larry loved God, his family, running, cars, conga drums, music, real estate and collecting things.
He is now in the presence of our Lord, happy and whole again. He was such a generous, handsome, caring, talented, smart, witty, and overall joy to be around. He made a positive impact on so many people, without wanting anything in return. His sweet disposition will truly be missed.
He is survived by his wife, Karen of 51 years; children, Denise (Wendy), (predeceased by) Stephanie, Allison (John), son Paul; sisters, Francene, Ginny; and step-grandchildren, Lear, Baron, Kenley and Carson.
The Root family extends their most sincere thank you to the everlasting friends, The Alzheimer's Family Services Center of Huntington Beach, the loving staff at Silverado Assisted Living in Costa Mesa and The Alzheimer's Foundation.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 17th at 2:00 pm at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The California Southland Chapter (alz.org).
Published in Orange County Register from June 14 to June 15, 2014
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