Loren "Larry" Weiss
1947 - 2021
UT—Larry was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Southern California. He migrated to Utah to try his hand at owning and running a hotel and restaurant, the Mid Mountain Lodge in Park City, in 1979. He returned to the law and practiced in Salt Lake for the next forty years. Just short of turning 74, he lost his struggle with pancreatic cancer, one he fought with abundant courage and grace. He passed peacefully at home with his family at this side on September 17th.
Though he made his living as lawyer, "Loophole" as he was known by his fishing buddies, would like to be remembered most as a mentor and teacher of young lawyers, and as a fisherman. He loved mentoring and guiding and was affectionately thought of as Yoda. He loved telling stories about his life - - most of them true. He was always there to listen and lean on.
Larry was an esteemed member of the legal profession for nearly 50 years. He started his practice as a federal public defender, moving into private practice focusing on criminal defense for most of his career, taking on many social justice issues that were important to him, and finishing his distinguished career at the Utah County Attorney's office as the Chief Deputy. He was a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a frequent speaker and lecturer. Whether on the prosecution or the defense side, Larry was a staunch defender of individual rights and liberties. His sense of humor was his favorite way to gently show a different point of view, and, he was an old school lawyer who could disagree but maintain civility while doing so.
Community was important to him, and he served decades on various boards, including The McGillis School, I.J. and Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center, United Jewish Federation of Utah, and The Henry's Fork Foundation.
While teaching at the BYU Law School and Rafi Schwartz Religious School, Larry made a profound impact on many of his students. His influences will continue to be seen as his students carry Larry's legacy into the communities they serve.
Larry was a devoted husband, father, brother, son, uncle, and dog lover. His family was everything to him. He was always so proud of his son Jacob, and enjoyed a great ride with Gina, his bride of 27 years.
As Loophole always said, "less is more." There is so much to say, and we look forward to sharing those memories and reflections with loved ones in the coming weeks and months.
Larry is survived by wife Gina Dalton, son Jacob Weiss, brother Jamie Weiss (Monica Davis), mother-in-law Trudy Gerber (Ken Brown) and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving parents Harry and Gertrude Weiss.
A memorial service will be held at Congregation Kol Ami's Esther's Garden (2425 E Heritage Way, outdoors on the east side of building), on Sunday September 26th at 3:00. Please, vaccinated attendees only. Thoughts and stories can be shared at wasatchlawn.com
In lieu of flowers please send donations in Larry's name to The Henry's Fork Foundation, The McGillis School, or the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake, all organizations doing good work close to Larry's heart.
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Sep. 19 to Sep. 26, 2021.