Larry Walrath

Larry Franklin Walrath, 79, of Idaho Falls, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at his home.

Larry was born Jan. 16, 1934, in Denver to Frank Walrath and Helen Ruth McCune Walrath.

His family moved to Gardiner, Mont., when he was a young boy, and later to Idaho. Larry graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1952.

In 1953, he married Phyllis Jean Randall and together they had six children. They were married for 37 years until Phyllis' death in 1990. They raised their children primarily in Idaho Falls.

In 1991, Larry retired from a long successful career at the Idaho National Laboratory; he moved to Texas and then to New Mexico before returning to Idaho Falls. For the last few years he spent winters in Mesa, Ariz., and summers in Idaho Falls.

Larry very much enjoyed playing his guitar with family and friends, hunting, fishing and shooting.

He is survived by his sons, Larry Stephen Walrath of Salt Lake City, and Joseph Franklin (Stephanie) Walrath, David Charles (Tara) Walrath and John Paul Walrath (Gretchen Matthern), all of Idaho Falls; daughters, Mary Helen Stoddard of Salt Lake City and Barbara Jean (Mark) Gomperts of Burke, Va.; brothers, Donald Fred (Billee) Walrath of Firth and Tommy Joe Walrath of Salmon, Idaho; sister, Joan Marie (Donald) Wind of Soda Springs, Idaho; cousins, Gary Walrath of Mesa, Ariz., and Mike (Lois) Johnston of Boise; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, and his parents.

Larry's remains will be interred in Groveland Cemetery in Groveland, Idaho, together with his wife, Phyllis Jean Randall Walrath.

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Published in Post Register on Aug. 4, 2013