Laurance Beekman Clark|
Oct. 15, 1941 - Feb. 8, 2013
Resident of Santa Cruz
Larry Clark passed away peacefully at home, in the arms of his loving wife Gail, after a five year battle with emphysema. Larry was born in Seattle Washington, and his family eventually moved to Portland Oregon, where he graduated from Lincoln High School, and attended the University of Oregon. While attending school, he was an avid rugby player and champion javelin thrower.
He moved to Carmel, California in 1960 where he became the proud owner and manager of the Carmel Sports Shop, until it was sold in 1966. He then bought a VW Camper and toured Europe, North Africa and parts of the Middle East for two years.
Upon his return, he entered the paper business, selling packaging materials and retail store supplies, eventually opening his own business called Laurance Paper Co. in Salinas and Phoenix.
Larry always said his real life started when he met his wife Gail. By then he had retired, so they decided to "Tour Europe Big Time". They bought a motor home and had it shipped to Europe, where they spent a year traveling. They returned for at least three months annually during the next eight years, leisurely sightseeing in Holland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and the Greek Isles, often with friends who came over to join them in the adventure.
Once back in Santa Cruz to stay, Larry worked part time for J S Surplus in Moss Landing, where he was considered the foremost authority on World War II history, and was an avid collector of memorabilia from that period. As his health began to decline, he greatly enjoyed selling much of his collection on eBay, where he boasted having over "5,000 positive responses" next to his name. Larry was ever the perfectionist in his business dealings, and proud to have been "honest to the core" - a legacy to be admired.
Larry is survived by his loving wife of nearly 20 years, Gail, his step-daughter Tira Ramirez and step-son Guy Loikits, his sister and brother-in-law Sally and Roberto Moreno, and nephew Roberto Moreno, Jr. He will be dearly missed by his many friends and business associates. Larry will always be remembered for his twinkling blue eyes.
A private memorial is planned for early spring. In remembrance of Larry, contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Feb. 26, 2013