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.