Larry D. Hazelbaker
Larry Hazelbaker, 73, of Rifle, died Dec. 24, 2008, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, after suffering a stroke and related medical complications.
Larry was born April 26, 1935, near Meeker, to Joe Paul R. and Dorothy Elisabeth Warren Hazelbaker. Larry attended school in Meeker and graduated from Rio Blanco High School in 1953. He attended Mesa Junior College, and later joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he trained as an electronics technician.
He was later employed by the RCA, General Electric Aerospace and Martin Marietta companies. During his employment with these companies, he supervised satellite-tracking system projects, including NASA’s Mercury and Gemini projects. He traveled extensively, but spent much of his working time on the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific.
He retired from Martin Marietta in 1993, and moved to the Rifle/New Castle area.
He is survived by aunt Florence Barnard Hazelbaker; cousins Conrad Hazelbaker, Beverly Prosence and Barbara Greeley; nephew Mark Ivie; brother-in-law Lenard Ivie; and grand-nephews Chad Ivie, Bobbie Albretson, Jared Ivie and Joshua Ivie.
Larry was preceded in death by his sister, Peggy Ivie.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mr. Hazelbaker’s name be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5843 at P. O. Box 825, Meeker, CO 81641.
A celebration service will be held in the Meeker area in early June 2009 close to the annual Rio Blanco Old Timer’s Association meeting. Another notice of the celebration time and place will be placed in local newspapers just prior to June.
Arrangements are under the direction of Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.
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