Lawrence Melvo "Larry" MacFARLAND

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MacFARLAND, Lawrence Melvo "Larry" 79, passed away on Feb. 12, 2013, at Florida Hospital Tampa in Tampa. He was born on Nov. 20, 1933 in Detroit, MI, to John Donald and Arlene Vivian (Hanks) MacFarland. Larry grew up in Detroit, MI. He graduated from John H. Persian High School in Detroit, MI, in 1952. After high school, he joined the Air Force in Jan. 1953, achieving the rank of A/1C (P) and served for 4 years as an Aircraft Mechanic on Medium Jet Bombers. He was a Korean War Veteran. After being honorably discharged, he earned an Associates Degree and he worked for numerous companies, including General Motors, GE and Thetford working with diamond drills and most notably as a Purchasing Agent. While working, he took airplane pilot training and also became a master sail boat pilot. He retired in 1990. He then sailed his Non-Such sail boat, "Cat Dancing", from Detroit, MI, to Sarasota, where he resided with his first wife, Genevieve until their divorce in 1997. Larry married the love of his life, Karen Lynn on Feb. 28, 1997 at Lettuce Lake Park in Temple Terrace. They were inseparable for their almost 16 years of marriage. They enjoyed relaxing at home, walking on the beach, watching sunsets, and visiting Busch Gardens and SeaWorld. They traveled to Scotland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts & Maine, researching their family tree. They also made trips to Switzerland, Grand Cayman, Bonaire, Las Vegas, Oregon, California, New Orleans, Biloxi, New Mexico, Arizona, & Utah. They often travelled back to Michigan to be with family. And they took several cruises including to Alaska, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, St. Maarten, St Lucia, St Kitts, Bermuda, & San Juan. Larry loved nature and enjoyed tending to his bird feeders daily. He was a kind, caring man with a twinkle in his blue eyes & a great sense of humor. He will be deeply missed. Larry was preceded in death by his father, John Donald; and mother, Arlene Vivian; and several aunts, uncles & cousins. Larry is survived by his spouse, Karen Lynn of Tampa; and his daughters, Lynn Marie (John) Allen of Long Beach, CA, & Wendy June Iverson of Sarasota; his brother, Donald LeRoy (Alice) MacFarland of Cheboygan, MI; his grandchildren, Fawn, Marshall and Daniel; his mother-in-law, Lillian MacFarland of Croswell, MI; his brothers-in-law, Harold (Inge) MacFarland Jr. of Basel, Switzerland and Kevin (Lois) MacFarland of Mount Clemens; his aunt, Helen Rupprecht of New Baltimore, MI; numerous nieces, nephews & cousins. Memorial services will be held at a later dates in Florida and Michigan. Condolences may be left on Larry's online guest book at

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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Feb. 17, 2013