Lawrence Dinneen

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Longtime Alaskan Larry Dinneen, 76, died peacefully Jan. 24, 2007, at his assisted-living home in Belmont, Calif.
A memorial Mass was held there, with his immediate and extended family attending. A local memorial Mass will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at Holy Family Cathedral. The Rev. Don Bramble will officiate. A reception will be afterward at Snow Goose Restaurant.
Larry was born April 19, 1930, to Lawrence Ignatius and Marcella Larkins Dinneen in Portland, Ore.
Larry earned a master's in education in 1953 from the University of Portland, was manager of the Beaverton, Ore., Chamber of Commerce and was deputy director of Oregon's Department of Planning and Development before he brought his family north in 1969.
In Juneau, he worked for Economic Development Commissioner Frank Murkowski in the Hickel administration. Larry went on to become the first executive vice president of the Arctic Slope Regional Corp., a position he held for 12 years. He was also director of the Port of Anchorage for two years. Larry was a founding member of Charter College and on the board of directors of Alaska Business Monthly.
Larry was also active in the parish council and choir of Holy Family Cathedral for many years.
His family wrote: "He married Jeanette Ann Myers in 1953, and together they delighted in seven children: Michael, Celeste, Julie, Mark, Claudia, Joe and Jason.
"Larry will be remembered for his giving spirit, his faith, his strong sense of values, his intellect and his gregarious nature. Larry's ashes will be spread at the ocean's edge in Oregon, a favorite place of his throughout his life."
Larry was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Marcelle Everman and Agnes Guthmann; brother, Dr. J.C. Dinneen; and beloved daughter, Celeste Hansen.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette, six children; grandchildren, Molly, Kevin, Megan, Jordan, Jack and Miles Dinneen, Joe and Will Connors, and Elena and Roxanna Dinneen-Vranian; sisters, Beth Loprinzi and Connie Meurlott; brother, Tim Dinneen; and sister, Dr. Dolores Dinneen.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Holy Family Cathedral Continue the Mission building fund.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Feb. 9, 2007