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Larry M. Deming, 71, of Tularosa, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2011, after a battle with cancer.
Larry was born Jan. 2, 1940, in Russell, Iowa, to Merle and Opal McDonald Deming. Larry attended college at Florida State University and was a lifelong Seminole and Dallas Cowboy fan.
Upon moving to Otero County, Larry became an agent with Farm Bureau Insurance, which became a 30-year career. During that time, he earned many awards and citations, including numerous Top Agent awards. In 1984, he married Lou Deming, who joined him in the business as an agent. She continues today as an agent with Farm Bureau.
After retiring from the insurance business, Larry became one of the nation's top dealers of Mata Ortiz pottery. He also took a special interest in a village in Mexico where the pottery was made. He was a founding member of the Mata Ortiz Foundation, which provides educational supplies and materials to the children of the village.
Larry was also actively involved in the effort to help the artists and potters gain worldwide recognition of their art and, ultimately, helping to better their lives.
He was also incredibly devoted to - and proud to serve on - the boards of several other local organizations, including the House of Hope Recovery Center, Opportunity House and the Otero County Council on Alcohol and Alcoholism Abuse.
Larry is survived his wife of 27 years, Lou Deming; sons Larry Wolfe, of Tallahassee, Fla., and Matt Edwards and his wife, Mary Kay, of Greenwich, N.Y.; daughter Randy Hopkins and her husband, Michael, of Charlotte, N.C.; stepson Todd Koegler and his wife, Marci, of Stafford, Va.; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Alamogordo Funeral Home chapel. A reception catered by Stella Vita will follow at the facility.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation to the Mata Ortiz Foundation at First National Bank. All proceeds go directly to the children of Mata Ortiz.
The Deming family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place at PCS.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 12 to June 12, 2011
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