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Lawrence (Larry) Deight


1923 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Lawrence (Larry) Deight Obituary
December 3, 1923 - July 21, 2016 Lawrence (Larry) Deight passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on July 21st, 2016. Larry was born Dec. 3rd, 1923 in Jamaica, NY to Phillip and Esther Deight. Larry had one sister Edith, predeceased. In 1939, Larry met Blanche, who would become his wife, best friend, soulmate and partner in fun and adventure for 76 years. They married in 1944 and had three children. Son Richard, predeceased 2010, (wife Sherry), daughters Patricia Griffin (husband Bob) and Terri Jahn (husband Rolf). They have five grandchildren: Jared, Trevor, Kiley, Joshua and Evelena. Larry also leaves behind his best friend Blanca, his German Shepherd. In Dec. 1942, Larry enlisted in the Navy. He served on the USS Bryant, where he saw military action, and on the USS Bailey. He was a torpedo man on both ships. Larry was honorably discharged in Nov. 1945. After leaving the Navy, Larry became a commercial photographer. In 1953, Larry and his family moved to Long Beach, CA. He attended USC and graduated with a BS in Engineering. After graduating from USC, Larry held numerous jobs before perusing a career with Boeing. Larry worked on the B1 Bomber. Larry and his family became active members of the Jewish Community Center of Long Beach. After retiring from Boeing, Larry did not slow down, he picked up the pace. Larry relished the active life. They traveled the world, took cruises, took ski trips, attended the theater, and enjoyed dinners and celebrations with their family. They took Spanish lessons for many years. They spent a great amount of time at the "Deight-away," their cabin in Big Bear, for skiing, relaxation and to just away from it all. For 10 years, Larry was a volunteer for the Huntington Beach Police Department's Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). During his time he received numerous accolades. Larry was recognized by the CA State Senate, the CA Legislature Assembly, the United States Congress and the President of the United States for his outstanding volunteer service. Larry will always be remembered for his ever present smile, his wit, his humor, his never sit still attitude, his love of family and love of life. To Larry, we raise our margaritas to you. You will always be loved, cherished and in our hearts. There will never be another one like you. Funeral services will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes on July 31st, 2016 at 12:00. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County in his name.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 30 to July 31, 2016
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