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Earl "Norman" Larcom
Earl "Norman" Larcom, a life-long resident of Redondo Beach, California, passed away on January 5, 2013 in Redding, CA. Norm was born December 23, 1935 to Earl and Ruth (Scrivens) Larcom in the family home on 3rd Street in Hermosa Beach. He attended Grant Elementary School, Redondo Union High School, and was a graduate of Mira Costa High's first graduating class of 1953. Norm married Anna Altenbaumer in 1957 and they had six children together. He was an electrician and instrumentman at Chevron Oil Refinery in El Segundo from 1954 until retirement in 1985. From a young age, Norm had a love for the California desert, became an expert in its history and accumulated a large collection of California artifacts, Wells Fargo items, and most recently American Indian pottery and baskets. For thirty years he restored American antique furniture and was well known and respected throughout southern California for his meticulous work. Norm began playing guitar as a young boy and eventually became an accomplished Blue Grass musician, mastering the instruments of guitar, banjo, dobro, mandolin, harmonica and piano. He enjoyed telling the story of the time he met Dick Dale around 1960 at a small local gig. They played guitars together backstage and Dick invited him to join the group. But with three kids at home already, he declined the offer. His other talent was painting and he became a professionally trained desert oil painter. Norm's other interests included camping, motorcycle riding, gold mining, photography and reading. He will be remembered as a most loving father, grandfather and friend to many. Norm was an easy-going, gentle, softhearted man who will be sorely missed. He is survived by son Wesley Larcom of Redondo Beach; son Wendell Larcom of Shasta Lake; daughter Angela Larcom of Hemet; son Kevin (Deborah) Larcom of Bakersfield, daughter Lisa (Rick) Race of El Segundo; 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Honee. A service will be held at Rice Chapel on Sunday January 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm with a buffet reception following until 5:00 pm. Go to www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages and share memories. Sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.

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Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 17, 2013
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