Lawrence J. Carroll(1949 - 2013)

Our husband, dad, grandpa, and friend passed away unexpectedly on May 29, in Bullhead City, Ariz., at the age of 64. Larry was a very outspoken guy. We often heard from people who might disagree with him, but respected him for always telling the truth as he saw it. He will be remembered by everyone who knew him for his big heart, his generosity, and his willingness to help anyone in need. His favorite diversions in life included boating, listening to classic rock music, socializing with friends, and playing and watching sports. He will be greatly missed by a number of lifelong friends dating back to high school days.

Larry was born and raised in Portland, Ore. He was fortunate to be able to travel to Europe and Asia with his parents several times as a child. He attended Wilson High School, where he was a member of the football, basketball, baseball, and track teams. He spent his summers doing the "dirty work" at his dad's business; as his dad explained, to motivate him to get an education so he could support himself in a less arduous way.

After high school, Larry attended Wenatchee Valley College in Washington where he played on the football team and cooked in several restaurants. After leaving college, he married his high school sweetheart, Cindy Trout. He then enlisted in the United States Army, spending several years in Germany running the data processing center. He also worked as a colonel's driver, allowing him to travel throughout Europe. After returning home, he and Cindy were divorced, but he became the father of his first son, Robert.

In November of 1973, Larry and Mary began their adventures as a married couple. He worked for Consolidated Freightways in Portland. Their son, Larry Scott, was born in January, 1975. A couple of years later, on April 1, they bought a restaurant that lasted a year to the day-they have laughed many times over their "April Fools" venture. In following years, Larry managed several restaurants before resuming his career in the computer field at Tektronix. In 1986, he moved to the Oxnard-Ventura area. After several computer-related jobs, he began at Naval Base Ventura County, holding several positions in the computer field. From 2001 to 2007, Larry and Mary owned and operated Champs Sports Bar in Oxnard; Larry took great pride in creating a place where people could enjoy themselves, relax, and watch sports. Since 2007, Larry divided his time among homes in Oxnard, Arizona, and Oregon.

Larry is reuniting in heaven with his parents, Elsie and Jackson Carroll, and his grandson, Jarred Schaper. He is survived by Mary, his wife of nearly forty years; his son, Robert, and children, Moriah and Carlie; his son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Gretchen, and their children, Landon and Thatcher. A final good-bye will be held at the family home in Oxnard on June 22. Larry would love donations made to the Wounded Warriors Project. In the words of grandson, Landon, "I wish there was a telephone number for heaven so we could call and talk to grandpa."

Published in Ventura County Star from June 18 to June 21, 2013