Lawrence Bissell Doyle Jr.
1936 - 2014
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Lawrence Bissell DOYLE, Jr.

Lawrence Bissell Doyle, Jr, "Larry", of Port Townsend, WA, died peacefully in his sleep February 3, 2014, from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Larry was diagnosed more than ten years ago and given only another five years to live. He amazed his doctors and family by beating the odds of his prognosis with a fierce determination & love of life.

Larry was born February 24, 1936 in Mount Vernon, New York, to Lawrence Bissell Doyle, Senior and Helen Hansen Doyle. Larry spent his childhood fishing and exploring the waters of New England with his father. He obtained his Mechanical Engineering degree from Tufts University in Massachusetts in 1958. He left New England to start his career with Boeing in Seattle, where he met his wife of 48 years Darlene Adora Driver.

Larry left Seattle and Boeing to work for Lockheed Missiles and Space Corporation for 30 years. He and Darlene raised their three children in Menlo Park, California. Larry was a man of many talents-an avid skier and cyclist, fly fisherman, and talented artist, creating masterpieces of fine woodworking and tying beautiful salmon flies. He and Darlene retired to Port Townsend, WA in 1998.

Larry's life experiences defined his passion for protecting wildlife for future generations. After moving to the Northwest he became enthralled with steelhead, a gamefish of singular beauty and character. He volunteered his efforts to species conservation and habitat restoration efforts, and giving back to the angling community, including restoration of salmon spawning habitat with the North Olympic Salmon Coalition, to various youth organizations and to Project Still Waters, became a member of the Wild Steelhead Coalition, The Grey Wolf Angling Club, and Northwest Atlantic Salmon Fly Tying Guild.

Larry had a singular ability to redefine his passions--when one door closed for him, he would find another one to open. When he could no longer ski, he cycled and fished the beaches and rivers. When his health no longer permitted him to continue wood working, cycling, or walk his rivers fishing, he turned his artistry and passion to tying classic Atlantic salmon flies, each a beautiful work of art on hooks he made. He never stopped learning and creating, and was working on a new pattern the night he passed away.

Larry--Papa Bear to his four adoring grandchildren--had a whacky sense of humor. He had a knack for timing, ensuring maximum embarrassment when his children were teenagers. Family gatherings were peppered with silly songs and laughter, and he was hard to beat when it came to reading bedtime stories.

Larry is survived by his wife Darlene, his three children Eric Doyle of Shoreline, WA (Robyn Wilber), Sonia Till of Walnut Creek, CA (John Till), and Denise Doyle, of Oakland, CA; his four grandchildren Charlotte, Phoebe and Piper Till (Sonia and John Till), and Dimitri D'Ambra (Denise Doyle); his sister Marian Shirin of Santa Fe, NM, brother Walter Doyle of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and niece Sitara Cave of Los Angeles, CA.

A memorial service is planned for family and friends in Seattle, WA. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that tax-deductible donations be sent to Wild Steelhead Coalition,, or to Project Healing Waters,

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Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 16, 2014.
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February 16, 2014
We had the pleasure of sharing a couple of years of our lives with Larry, Darlene, Eric, Sonja and Denise in Menlo Park California in the early 70's. Although we have not seen him for many years, we know that our world has suffered a loss with his passing. We were able to enjoy his presence for a short time, and his memory lives on in us and in our children. Our prayers support Darlene and the children.
Kathie and Phil Cassady
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