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LAWRENCE D. OLBRIGHT (LARRY) Larry died November 4, at the age of 73 in Portland, Oregon. He had very recently been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and was undergoing treatment at Providence St. Vincent's Hospital in Portland. He passed away in his sleep with much of his family at his hospital bedside. Larry was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved with his parents Edwin and Helen Olbright, and his siblings Diane and David, to Riverside, California in 1957. He graduated from Riverside Polytechnic H.S. and went on to graduate from Cal Poly, Pomona with a degree in Chemistry. Larry or "Lar" as he was often called, had many passions including volleyball, golf and fixing just about anything that was broken, but his real passion became flying. After college he joined the Air Force and following pilot training was sent to Vietnam. He was stationed in Saigon and flew C-130's from 1965 - 1967. He was then transferred to Travis Air Base in California from 1967 - 1969, flying C-141's carrying our troops to and from Vietnam. After his service in the U.S. Air Force, Larry joined Western Airlines, later acquired by Delta. He flew national and international flights (1972 - 2001) until his retirement from Delta in 2001 as a Captain. He leaves behind a loving wife, Patty (Sharp) Olbright, and two adoring children, his son Jason (wife Amy) and his daughter Eve (husband, Brad), as well as four grandchildren. He was an extraordinary husband, father, brother and grandfather and a steadfast friend to many. There will be a private service in Portland at the Willamette National Cemetery on November 20th and a family remembrance in Orange, California in 2016.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 20, 2015
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