Larry Laird, of Lakeside, Arizona, died Nov. 15, 2019 in Show Low, Arizona, following a lengthy illness.
SHOW LOW, Arizona — Larry Laird, of Lakeside, Arizona, died Nov. 15, 2019 in Show Low, Arizona, following a lengthy illness. Larry was born Feb. 18, 1936 in Canton to the late Arnold Dewey and Doris (Keown) Laird, surrounded by his family and friends when he passed.
Larry grew up in Canton having graduated from Canton High School. He moved to Sonora County, California, after attending Ft. Collins College in Colorado. He then moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where he began his service in the United States Army.
Following his time in the service Larry moved to Hyampom, California, where he met the love of his life, Joy Tucker. They married in 1961 in Hayfork, California, and enjoyed 58 wonderful years of marriage before his passing. While in California Larry began working for the United States Forest Service before moving to Alaska in 1962 and transferring to the Bureau of Land Management.
In 1962 Larry and Joy welcomed their son, Andrew Stewart Laird, while in Alaska. In 1963 the family moved to Lakeside, Arizona, and Larry began his long career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, working in timber sales. In 1965 they welcomed their daughter, Melanie Ann Laird, in McNary.
Larry was an incident commander for a Class 1 Inter Department Fire Team based out of Boise, Idaho, for many years in which he traveled all over the country fighting fires. In 1985 at the age of 49 Larry retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs Forestry Department only to go back to work for them programming computers.
Larry joined the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Show Low Lodge 2090 in 1964. He served as their Exalted Ruler of the Fraternal year 1968-1969 and later as a district deputy to the grand exalted ruler and as state vice president for the Arizona Elks Association. Larry became a life member of the Show Low Lodge and continued to stay active as a trustee and house committee member before his health declined.
Larry and Joy together ran a successful woodworking business where they made many wonderful treasures for many people. A wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Larry will be deeply missed by all those he dearly loved.
He is survived by his wife, Joy of Lakeside, Arizona; son, Andy Laird of Lakeside, Arizona; daughter, Melanie (Danny) Wilson of Heppner, Oregon; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Allan (Patsy) Laird of Washington, Indiana, and Kline Laird of Canton; and many extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dewey; mother, Doris; and step-father, Paul Schuck.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Pinetop, 1901 E. White Mountain Boulevard, Pinetop, Arizona 85935; the Show Low Elks Lodge 2090, PO Box 697, Show Low, Arizona 85902; or the White Mountain Hospice Foundation, PO Box 1975, Lakeside, Arizona 85929 in Larry’s name.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low handled arrangements. For those who have special memories and would like to send private condolences or sign an online guest book, visit www.owenslivingstonmortuary.com.