Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Larry Beckwith passed away peacefully at his home in Glenwood Springs on Sunday, the 20th of May, after a difficult struggle with ill-health for the past five years.
Larry and Linda shared 44 years together. He was a loving and caring dad to sons: Troy in California; Brett and his wife Bonnie; Tate and his wife Kathy; and daughter Shea and her husband Kevin Thomas. Larry was a man of deep faith and strong convictions; he loved discussing theology with his kids and continued to seek a deeper knowledge and understanding of his faith. He embraced his faith absolutely.
He also shared that love and faith as Papa to his 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. For them, that will be his greatest legacy – as well as the fact that he taught most of them to drive.
Larry was born in Lenox, Iowa, on Feb. 24, 1945. His family moved to California in 1954, where he met Linda, and they were married in 1970. Their children were all born in California, and in 1976 the family relocated to Colorado. You could take the boy out of Iowa, but never Iowa out of the boy.
He served his country during the Vietnam conflict, and served Glenwood Springs on City Council for four years.
Larry enjoyed nothing better than a good meal with friends. When he and Linda traveled to Mexico, the Caribbean or Europe the best memories always came down to the meals shared, the wine tasted and the pleasures of Carpe Diem.
At Larry’s request, his body has been donated to scientific research in the hope that others will benefit from his gift. In addition to his family, Larry is survived by his sisters Rebecca Casper and Dian Sahlin, both of California.
His many friends always tried to encourage Larry to slow down and enjoy the journey, but Larry’s faith helped him see his true destination; so whether he was driving his mail truck on Highway 82 to Aspen, or hiking the Cinque Terre in Italy he knew the journey was only part of it all.
There will be a Memorial Service for Larry at 10 a.m. on Thursday, 31 May 2012 at Mountain View Church, 2195 County Road 154; next to the old Buffalo Valley restaurant on Highway 82.
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