Larry Jay McQuien
1953 - 2009
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Larry Jay McQuien, 55, died unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in a tragic accident.
Memorial service: 3 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, 800 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth. Interment: First United Methodist Church Columbarium at a later date. Visitation: The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Funeral Home.
Pallbearers: Colin Skipworth, Bruce Graham, Scott Gasser, Whit Perryman, Blake Cox, Ronald Phillips, J Pete Laney and Britt Snipes. Honorary pallbearers: The Business Ventures Team of Lockheed Martin.
Memorials: Donations may be made to Longhorn Council BSA, Larry J. McQuien Fund, Box 54190, Hurst, Texas 76054; First United Methodist Church Youth Building, McQuien Family Fund, 800 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102; or a charity of choice.
A much-loved son, husband, father, brother, friend and co-worker, Larry was born Dec. 23, 1953, in Plainview to Helen and John McQuien.
His engineering wheels started turning early, and he was driving and maintaining tractors and farming equipment by the age of 12. From this humble beginning, Larry went on to travel the globe, sharing his passion and keen insight with world leaders in aerospace engineering.
Larry cherished spending time with his two sons. An Eagle Scout himself, Larry offered unwavering support, mentoring both his sons as they also earned this highest rank in scouting. In addition to scouting and wake-boarding on area lakes, Larry spent every possible free moment with his family and friends.
Larry's first love was his wife of 23 years, Carol Snipes McQuien. They were married Sept. 6, 1986, at First United Methodist Church, Sherman. Carol was a Longhorn, Larry an Aggie, class of '76. In spite of living in a "house divided," they built a complete life together, after meeting at a neutral site, Texas Tech School of Law. They enjoyed their time together, especially their time dedicated to raising their sons.
He held a B.S. and a M.S. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University, and he received a doctor of jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law.
Larry began working for General Dynamics Fort Worth Division in 1978 and held various positions in the engineering and legal departments. In 1994, he took on the role of associate general counsel in the legal department with Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems. He then was promoted to deputy director of business ventures and ultimately became the vice president of business ventures for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
Even though his life ended, Larry continues to help others as an organ donor, a final demonstration of his generous nature and dedication to improving lives.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, John W. McQuien.
Survivors: His wife, Carol; sons, John and Scott; his mother, Helen McQuien of Plainview; sister, Nelda Laney and husband, James E. "Pete" Laney, of Hale Center; parents-in-law, Dr. Fred and Gerry Snipes of Sherman; brother-in-law, Britt Snipes of Cedar Hill; sisters-in-law, Karla Graham and husband, Bruce, of Sherman, Twila Crick of Sherman, and Pam Barrier of Denison; nieces and nephews, KaLyn Laney of Austin, Jamey Phillips and husband, Ronald, of Lubbock, J Pete Laney and wife, Melonie, of Austin, Ben Snipes of Arlington, Bonnie Snipes of Denton, Erin Ivy and husband, Todd, of Waco, Colin Skipworth of Sherman, Kevin and Kyle Crick of Sherman, Jake and Charlotte Barrier of Denison; numerous great-nephews; and a great-niece.
Published in Star-Telegram on Sep. 29, 2009.
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October 27, 2009
Dear Carol, John, and Scott, I just today heard of Larry's death. I am so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Beverly Worley
Beverly Worley
October 20, 2009
Dear Mcquien family, I am so very sorry for your loss. My husband has worked at Lockheed for over 30 years and knew your husband. We are bicyclcists as well. May the Lord give you rest and comfort in the coming weeks and years. Please know that others care even if we don't know you personnally. I will be giving a speech in my college class this week about increasing awareness about sharing the road with cyclists. I hope you feel God's love right now. Shelley Parker
October 5, 2009
Dear Carol, John & Scott,
Today I learned of Larry's death and am saddened beyond belief. Larry was a shining example of what a husband and father should be and was greatly respected by all who knew him. I know that you will always hold in your heart the very special love you shared as a family. You have my love and deepest sympathy.
Diane Rowell
September 30, 2009
A friend to many, a thoughtful and courageous man who enjoyed his family and work with equal joy. I was touched by his two son's letters read aloud at his funeral today. We should all be so lucky to enjoy such meaningful relationships in our lives. No doubt he was looking down with pride. We will keep you in our memory.
Anon
September 30, 2009
To the McQuien's: I want to express my sincere condolences at the loss of such a wonderful person, father, and husband. I knew Larry from working at Lockheed and we shared many a pizza while we were in Abu Dhabi on travel for Lockheed. His smile and laugh were a shining monument to the type of person he was and I feel privileged to have known Larry. I pray that you find strength and comfort in the days ahead.
Derek Wolfe
September 30, 2009
Dear Carol,
What an extraordinary person Larry was. I am utterly shocked and saddened, and can't understand how this man so full of life, with such a rare combination of compassion, ability, and humility, could suddenly not be with us anymore. I only knew Larry through church, but with his unique ability to connect with everyone, he was just so easy to like. My heart breaks for you, and your boys, and for all of Larry's family. Our world is better because of the life he lived, and is sadly less without him. And I cannot imagine the loss you and your sons are feeling. I hope it is comforting for you to know how much everyone admired Larry.
John Dewar
September 30, 2009
I was shocked and sadden to hear of the loss to your family. This is a very trying time and my prayers are with you and your sons. God will give you the strength to get through this; trust Him He will give comfort and guide you in the days ahead. All my love

Uncle HERMAN
September 30, 2009
I am glad we could ride in honor of Larry today, and I hope it brought your family some relief from the hurt you are enduring right now, if only a little. I recently lost my child, and I know you need prayers for strength and comfort, and we are praying for that. In love, a member of the MBBC bike club.
Ken Avery
September 30, 2009
I am deeply saddened by the news of Larry's passing. He was admired and respected by all who knew and worked with him. Like so many people in the aerospace industry, I am indebted to Larry and his peers at LM Aero for their success in landing the F-35 program. His efforts in both work and life have left a lasting legacy. On behalf of all employees of Heroux Devtek and Progressive Inc., please accept my heartfelt condolences during this very difficult time.
Rick Rosenjack
September 30, 2009
Carol, When I think of you and Larry, it will always be with the thought of the love and caring for your family and how involved and proud you were of John and Scott. A great example for all of our families. Love and prayers, the Loftins
September 30, 2009
Carol,
From all of the Henn kids and our families, our thoughts are with you and the boys and we wish we could have attended the service today. God Bless you and your famliy.
Scott and Stephanie Henn
September 30, 2009
Nelda and Mrs. McQuien, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when Larry was born, and how excited we all were. His life seems to have been full of wonderful experiences and love to and from others.
May God bless you and yours during this time. Beverly (Hamilton) and Gale Wagner
September 30, 2009
My deepest condolences to the entire family. I did not know Larry; but, his sister Nelda is one of my dearest friends, so I know what a wonderful family he came from and how deeply his loss will be felt. With thoughts and prayers at this very tragic time.
Renee Underwood
September 30, 2009
Carol, John and Scott,

I wanted to tell you how much it meant to me and my husband to be able to hug you last night. We are here for you and your family in any capacity you need in the future.

God only knows why our paths had to cross this way, but I'm thankful that we were able to provide a small amount of comfort to you and your family.

It is always darkest before dawn, but may Larry's legacy shine on in your hearts as it will in ours.

-Julie and James
September 30, 2009
We will miss the big grin and good natured humour from Mr MCQUIEN as he came through gate 6 on his way home or to a meeting some where. He will be missed.

Paul S. Adams
September 30, 2009
To Helen and family sorry for your lost My father worked with John and we grew up knowing Larry . Ginger Bryant (Herman Bryant)
September 30, 2009
So sorry to hear of Larry's death. We knew each other as teenagers. I too remember Larry as an Eagle Scout and a proud owner of a Road Runner. Happy to hear he became so accomplished in both professional and family life.
Dale Shearer
September 30, 2009
Dear Carol,
I am so very sorry for your loss. What I remember about Larry was how is was always laughing. I haven't stop thinking about you and boys since I heard the news. You now have an angel in heaven watching over you. Fondly, Cyndy Bodden
September 30, 2009
I am a 30yr. employee at Lockheed and didn't know Larry because I'm not in management,,,,but I just wanted to send my condolences to his family. This was a very tragic accident that should not have happened. 55 yrs. old is way too young to die and Lockheed lost a good employee and person. He sounded like the type of guy that I would have enjoyed working for in his dept. I'm so sorry for your loss and may God give you comfort at this difficult time.
Cindy Gusic
September 30, 2009
Dear Carol, John and Scott,
I was just looking very sadden for your passing of Larry, We were neighbors in Lost Creek, thoughts and prayers go out You and the boys.
Steve,Terri,Chance and Lance Ragsdale
Terri Ragsdale
September 30, 2009
To the Family,

I met Larry in 1989 right after I started working at GD and he was in legal. It involved the A-12 Program.
Throughout the years we had occassion to work many times, even after I left Aeronautics to move to ESBA.

He was always very helpful, professional, and a gentlemen.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

The Terrell Family
Mike Terrell
September 30, 2009
Carol, John and Scott,
You all are in my thoughts and prayers, The FUMC and ASES family has suffered a loss, but also a great blessing in having your husband and you all for the time we do. God is with you now and always
Much love and many prayers
Kelly Anderson
September 29, 2009
I had the pleasure of knowing Larry & Carol, boys through family. I am shocked and sorry to hear of his passing. May God be with you, Carol & boys. Larry was a fine young man. He will be greatly missed, I am sure.
Laura (Mcdaniel) Garcia
September 29, 2009
Carol, John, and Scott,

We have been praying for you. I know you will miss Larry so much. He always was so happy and personable. All you could ever ask for as you all are too.

God Bless You,

June, Richard and Will Roper
September 29, 2009
I remember Larry being in dad's Boy Scout Troop, being my brother, Steve's friend and our neighbor. My heart and prayers to all the family through this difficult time.
Brooks Seigler/Smith
September 29, 2009
A former classmate called and asked, "Did you hear about Larry Mc Quien?" to which I responded, "I haven't been in touch with Larry for over 35 years." I was saddened to hear the news and responded, "I remember him cruising 5th street in his green Charger." (Only to later read it was a Plymouth and that he still had it!) I think we referred to it as "the green machine." I also remember Larry as a really nice, respectable guy. His sons are now about the age he was when I knew him. Please pass along to them that he not only was remarkable as an adult, he was a caring, friendly teenager they can be proud of too. You are in my prayers.

Belinda Howard Smith
Plainview High School Class of '73
September 29, 2009
We are so sorry to hear about you loss.Our prayers and thoughts are with you.May the spirit of our Lord be with you and your family.
George and Carol Nolet
September 29, 2009
I had the honor of working with Larry in the early 90's as his legal assistant at GD/Lockheed. His ability to find that 1 urgent document in the piles of paperwork all over his desk & floor amazed me. He was a great mentor with infinite patience. I loved to hear him laugh - working with Larry was never dull. I valued his words of wisdom, though I unfortunately didn't always follow them! Most of all, I admired Larry for his love & devotion to his family. My heartfelt sympathy & prayers are with you - Carol, John & Scott - and the rest of your family.
Kim Stutzman
September 29, 2009
Carol, John and Scott,
I was saddened and shocked to hear about Larry. I worked with him in the Legal Dept before he went to Business Ventures. It was an honor to know him and to be associated with him. He was ALWAYS very kind with a bubbly personality and big smile for everyone. Our prayers are with you and your entire family.
Jan Kingrea
September 29, 2009
Dear McQuein Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers. Know that now Mr. McQuein is now watching over you.

~Lauren Byrnes and family
Lauren Byrnes
September 29, 2009
The memory I have the most of Larry was when I was a young Engineer working at General Dynamics in 1986. Larry was working across the room from me, and on the morning of January 28th, he came walking across and told me that the space shuttle had just blown up. Because Larry always spoke with a smile on his face, and because he said this to me with a smile and in his soft-spoken tone, I thought that he was leading into a joke. He had to convince me that he had just heard the news on the (contraband) radio that he had at his desk. It was one of those times that you will always remember where you were, and it is a memory for me that includes Larry in a way that was quite typical for how he related to just about everyone in his life. He will be missed.
John Bradley
September 29, 2009
Dear Carol and Scott,
We don't really know what to say. We will be keeping you and your family in our prayers.
Ka Ka Bruegel Barton and family
Katrina Barton
September 29, 2009
Carol, John and Scott,
It is with a saddened heart we write to extend our deepest of sympathies to you all. John and Scott, your mom and dad raised you up to be strong and loving men. Make them proud as you all gather together during this very difficult time.
Much love,
Laura and Allen Mack
Allen McSkimming
September 29, 2009
Dear McQuien family:
I happened upon Larry late one night in the Atlanta airport. He looked very tired, but gave me that big smile, ribbed me a little about leaving his organization, patted me on the back and said do good work. I’ll always remember him that way. My family will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Keith Jones
Keith Jones
September 29, 2009
We were so sorry and saddened to hear of the loss of your husband. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Meg & Bryan Graham
September 29, 2009
Dear Carol: God is holding you and your family tightly in his arms. Our prayers and wished blessings are with you at this very tragic time. Linda Blanchard (former C-5)
September 29, 2009
Carol and Family,
I worked for Larry in Business Ventures for a number of years. Over the years we spent some long days and nights working proposals. He was fair and treated me well during some really tough assignments. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go to you and your sons.
Mike Wright
September 29, 2009
Carol, John and Scott,

The world was a better place for Larry having been in it. I cherish the memory of his warmth, generosity, and kindness. He was also one of the smartest people I've ever met. May God be with you in your time of loss.

Jim Bass
September 29, 2009
Dear Carol,
We are so sad to hear of Larry's death. Please know that you and your sons are in thoughts and prayers. Larry will greatly be missed by so many people. Marc enjoyed working with him very much.
Marc and Candis Lauderdale
September 29, 2009
Dear Carol,
I am so sorry and saddened to hear of the loss of your husband. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Karen Earhart
Karen Earhart
September 29, 2009
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Barbara Carter
September 29, 2009
Mrs. McQuien, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult times. Remember to look to the hills where all of your help come from, it comes from the Lord.

Cynthia Cavitt, RJT
Cynthia Cavitt
September 29, 2009
Dear McQuein Family. I'm so sorry to hear of Larry's death. Larry always provided fantastic support and advice, which I remember with extreme fondness, whilst I lived in Forth Worth between 1999 and 2002. He will be sadly missed. Matt Fogg, Lancaster, England
Matthew Fogg
September 29, 2009
I will miss going to church with him.
kay watkins
September 29, 2009
Dear Carol, I was so saddened to hear of Larry's death. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Please let John know that he is in my thoughts and prayers also.

Judy King
Hill School
Judy King
September 29, 2009
Carol, John, and Scott,

We are extremely saddened by the loss of your husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.

Janet, John, Jackie, and Jordan Bock
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