Sanelli, Larry Daniel
63, of Cave Creek, Arizona, passed away suddenly May 22, 2012, at his home with his wife nearby. He was born November 6, 1948, in Elmhurst, Illinois, the son of Danny A. Sanelli and Wanda L. Helm. He was the oldest of 4 siblings. The family later moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1958. Larry graduated from Camelback High School in 1967 and proceeded to earn various degrees in computer science/technologies and programming. He married Carla Glober on Sept. 4, 1986 and the couple welcomed the birth of their son, Matthew Daniel Sanelli on August 29, 1991. The couple later divorced and Larry married Judy Landers on November 22, 2010 in Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona. Larry started with the State of Arizona in the Health Services department as a computer programmer. He then was promoted to the Department of Administration for many years, then took a promotion to American Express, then to PCS, then to Charles Schwab, then back to Department of Administration. He was very well-liked by his co-workers and made them laugh. Larry was very respected in his field and really had a razor sharp wit that everyone enjoyed. He was also an emotional, sensitive guy who really cared about his career and kept reaching for the pinnacle while striving for perfection. He was very bright and always fully believed that knowledge was power and success was forthcoming. Larry had a tender and giving heart and was always mindful of keeping family ties strong. One of his highest priorities was to spend quality time with family and friends and typically be the "life of the party" at any social event. He possessed a zest for living, was fun to be around, and was helpful to anyone in need. He enjoyed fast cars, speed boats, road trips, target practice in the desert, and loved animals, especially his beloved dog, "Scruffy" a rescue dog from the Animal Shelter. Any spare time was spent working on a variety of home improvement projects. Larry was talented mechanically and could fix anything and everything. Larry achieved many successes in life but also in the end, embraced a quieter, spiritual relationship with his Creator.He is survived by his wife, Judy Landers-Sanelli, son, Matthew Sanelli of Phoenix, AZ; father and step-mother, Danny & Eleanor Sanelli of Scottsdale, AZ; mother, Wanda Helm of Scottsdale, AZ; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth & Rachel Sanelli of Scottsdale, AZ; brother and sister-in-law, Mark & Cornelia Sanelli of Scottsdale, AZ; sister, Laurie Scott of Bozeman, MT; nephews, Steven Sanelli, Brent Scott, and Hunter Sanelli; niece, Cheryl Sanelli and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Larry is preceded in death by his step-father, William Helm. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 9th at 10:00am at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Paradise Valley, AZ.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jun. 6, 2012.