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Lawrence T. Locke

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Lawrence T. Locke Obituary
LOCKE, Lawrence Thomas Lawrence Thomas Locke - Larry Tom, LT, Pop and Pepaw - passed away quietly and peacefully on the 4th of July. He is survived by his children, Bree and Benjamin Perez, Jacob and Rachel Locke, and Jeremy Locke; his seven grandchildren Ian, Adalyn, Lily, Olivia, Andrew, Zachary, and Victoria; his mother Catherine Locke; his six siblings, Bill, Sue, John, Frank, Kathleen, and Beth; and 21 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Belmondt Locke Jr. Larry was born in Kansas City, KS on December 20, 1953 to Larry and Catherine Locke and attended Christ the King and Bishop Ward school and played one season of basketball at UMKC. He started his career in the airline industry with Braniff, which is what brought him to Texas. He loved the mantra that he wasn't born in Texas, but he got here as fast as he could. After Braniff went under, Larry went into trim carpentry and cabinet building. His woodworking can be found throughout Austin and all over the Hill Country. Working 10 hour days, 6 days a week in the hot Texas sun wasn't enough for Larry. He found energy to coach Bree and Jacob in every season of every sport - soccer, baseball, and the family favorite, basketball. He also built playhouses, carved elaborate jack'o'lanterns (which he protected with a shotgun), made homemade peach ice cream, and shared all his fishing secrets. His passions became his kids and grandkids' passions - basketball being the most-loved. He taught Bree and Jacob the art of the jump shot and with the help of some friends named Popovich, Robinson, Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili, Larry showed his kids the importance of humility and teamwork. He got to see 5 Spurs championships, and 1 UT football national championship. Work and basketball remained important, but his most favorite thing in the world were his grandchildren. Psalm 127 says "Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him" - Ian, Addie, Lily, Olivia, Andrew, Zach, and Tori were Larry's heritage. Lung cancer may have ended his woodworking and grounded his jump shot, but it allowed him to spend extra time with his beloved grandkids. Service will be held at 10am, July 15 at Heritage Haus in Dripping Springs. Another service will be held at a later date in Kansas City. Donations can be made to the or Community Hospice of Texas. Please visit Larry's memory page at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/larrylocke to sign the guestbook and share stories.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on July 11, 2018
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