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LAWRENCE "LARRY" VIZENOR

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Vizenor, Lawrence "Larry", 81, passed away on January 25, 2013 in Murrieta. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his passing. Larry enjoyed seeing his friends, loved his family and all the huge gatherings, and Larry simply adored Dorothy, his wife of 58 years.

Larry was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After high school, Larry served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. After his military service, he married Dorothy Findell and attended the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1959, with a Bachelor's Degree diploma in Business Psychology in one hand and four small children on his lap.

Larry, Dorothy and their now 8 children settled in Placentia, California in 1968. He worked in the lighting division for GE Corporation. California. With such a large brood of kids, the Vizenor family made a sudden and exciting impact on their immediate surroundings. The whole family became heavily involved in many local activities and the schools. In particular, the Vizenor's were happily involved in the Placentia Little League baseball organization and made wonderful lifelong friends as a result.

In 1970, their 9th child, Timothy Michael, was born. Timmy was born with Downs Syndrome, and he brought to the Vizenor

clan even more excitement, fun and an infinite amount of unconditional love. With Timmy now the center of the Vizenor universe, Larry and Dorothy's life in Placentia on Swanee Avenue was an active and happening mini-metropolis.

Larry worked in Pomona, California for over 20 years with Wayne Manufacturing (later known as FMC Corporation) in the sales department and traveled extensively. He accumulated massive amounts of frequent flyer miles which he was able to pass on to his children for them to enjoy and see the world.

Larry retired in 1990. With 8 of their children beginning families of their own, Larry, Dot and Timmy moved to Murrieta, California. The threesome settled into a relaxed and enjoyable routine, continuing to spend time with family, especially the activities of their grandchildren.

Larry, Dot and Timmy became fixtures at the local minor league baseball stadium, and continue to be avid fans of the Lake Elsinore Storm. Actually, they became more than fans. The Storm baseball club, the stadium staff, and many other Storm fans became another family and home away from home. Larry reveled in the way his son, Timmy, became the un-official 'mayor' of the Stadium. At every game, the Storm 'family' embraced Larry, Dot and Timmy. From the parking lot to their seats and all the innings in between, 'Mayor' Timmy would press the flesh, talk, smile and laugh with all.

For many years Larry was affectionately known as "Ole Scoop" because of his creation and distribution of the 'Vizenor Family Newsletter' which he mailed to all the family and many friends. Larry's grandchildren and great-grandchildren lovingly knew him as 'Poppi'. However he was referred, he will always be remembered for his infectious and boisterous laugh, sharp sense of humor, generous nature, humble demeanor, well-read wisdom and intellect, and his unconditional love for his family. He is missed by all.

Larry is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy; their 9 children and spouses; 18 Grandchildren; 11 Great-Grandchildren; and his sister, Elsie, of Harrisburg, PA.

A funeral mass will be held on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Martha Catholic Church, 37200 Whitewood Road, Murrieta, CA. Burial to follow at 1:30 P.M. at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, CA.

In lieu of flowers, the Vizenor Family requests that donations be made in Larry's name to Hospice of the Valleys, at www.hospiceof thevalleys.org.

Published in Orange County Register on Jan. 31, 2013
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