Lawrence Gaines "Larry" Birch
1942 - 2021
BORN
1942
DIED
2021
Lawrence "Larry" Gaines Birch, son of the late Bob and Margaret Birch, brother of the late Bill Birch and Jack Birch, died on September 13, 2021, in New Mexico. Larry was born on November 13, 1942, in Tucumcari, New Mexico. Larry was happily married to his loving wife, Faye Birch, who was his partner in life for over 55 years at the time of his death.
Larry and Faye called Tucumcari
"home" and raised their family here.
Larry is survived by his wife; 2 children, Valerie "Val" Lombardo and Robert "Bob" Birch; his favorite son-in-law, Tony Lombardo; his favorite daughter-in-law, Paola Birch; 5 grandchildren, Mikaela Lombardo and Fiance, Tyler, Andre Lombardo and wife Alicia Lombardo, Toren Lombardo, Gavin Birch and Lylah Birch; and 2 great grandchildren, Levi Lombardo and Noah Lombardo. Larry also has two surviving brothers, Mickey Birch and Pat Birch; and two sisters, Joyce Davis and Judy Cochran.
Besides being a dedicated family man and loyal friend to all who knew him, Larry had the most infectious smile and was the greatest storyteller of all time. Larry knew no strangers, just friends he hadn't yet met. His pleasant personality was contagious to everyone he met. His stories were so detailed and full of life, that he could make you feel like you were there right next to him when it all happened.
The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Larry. He was a voracious reader, loved to drum, and absolutely loved the outdoors, especially at one of his "secret" fishing spots. He was an avid treasure hunter, traveling throughout the state in search of the elusive treasure trove. Larry was also a beloved volunteer for The Mission of Hope Food Bank. He was also a life-member of the BPOE Elks Club, Tucumcari, New Mexico.
Larry certainly had the Gift of Gab, which is part of the reason he was so successful in the Sales and Service Industry. He and Faye owned and operated Blake's Lota Burger in Tucumcari for many years, and later, Larry became a car salesman for Big Country Ford.
Larry was well known for his one liners' and his amazing one-of-a kind sayings that he will forever be remembered by. He always listened intently to everyone he conversed with, because he genuinely cared about people and their well-being. He could make you smile and laugh, even in the worst of moods.
A celebration of life will be held 13th November, 2021, at the BPOE Elks Club in Tucumcari, with a dessert bar to celebrate Larry's favorite mealtime.

Published by Quay County Sun from Sep. 23 to Sep. 29, 2021.
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Hello Faye, Not certain if you remember me. I just heard of Larry's passing. We worked together at Big Country over 20 years ago. I'm sorry to hear that he's no longer with us. He led an impactful life. You have my sincerest condolences.
Thomas P Pernecke
January 17, 2022
I worked for Larry at Lotaburger in Santa Fe in the summer of 1972. Faye worked there also, and Valerie was just a toddler. Larry was a kind boss and a true hoot to work with. All the statements in this obituary about Larry's "gift of gab" and sense of humor are absolutely true. He made what could have been a lousy job not only tolerable but enjoyable. Thank you, Larry, for all the sweet memories. My condolences to Faye, Valerie and his son Bob who I never met.
Steve Terrell
Work
November 25, 2021
My heart was broken when I heard these news. I thought surely not you. Faye, my heart goes out to you. I love you and will miss those meeting in Denny's.
Pagie Evans
October 1, 2021
I knew Larry from the time I was a young kid and found him to be genuinely concerned with all those around him. Always had a positive attitude and if you needed help he would be there to try and help you out. Was excited when he and the wife took over the Lotaburger as he was service orientated. The world and Tucumcari was a better place for Larry having spent time with us. Condolences to the family, but I know that Larry prepared them to go forward with out him. Regards,
Bill Elliott
Friend
September 29, 2021
Sad news covered by happy times and memories. Larry would throw a burger on the grill when he saw me drive up so I would not have to wait long. Then later dealt with and worked with him in the car business. never will forget his laugh. Peace be with the family.
Frankie Masters
September 28, 2021
We are so saddened by Larry's passing. We always considered him a close friend. I always looked forward to driving cars for him and talking with him. I knew of Larry for a long time as he was in school in my brother and sister. My neice Patty Shay enjoyed working at Lotta Burger for him. We. will dearly miss him. May he rest in Peace.
Ronni and Windsor Wright
September 23, 2021
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