Larry “Cork” Walsh (1949 – 2017)
Larry Francis “Cork” Walsh, a Las Vegas, Nev., resident who grew up in Carbondale and graduated from Roaring Fork High School in 1967, died May 28 in an ATV accident in southern Utah.
Corkwas born May 24, 1949, in Gilman to Vince and Yvonne Walsh. An excellent athlete, he played football, basketball and ran track all four years in high school, and played Little League and American Legion baseball in the summer.
After graduation, Cork joined the U.S. Army, spending most of his enlistment working in Germany and throughout Europe.
After his discharge, he returned to Carbondale and married the former Darla Davis, with whom he had a daughter, Heather. He also attended the University of Northern Colorado, graduating with a teaching certificate and a math degree. But he decided he did not want to be a teacher, and began helping manage and maintain apartment complexes in Greeley and, later, Denver.
After a divorce, Cork moved to Southern California and then to Las Vegas, working as a Customer Service Manager for a major home builder in the two states. He met, fell in love with and married Paula Miller while living in Las Vegas. In 2010 he became a Marshall for the Clark County, Nevada, court system, retiring in August 2015.
In his later years, Cork was an avid golfer. Always an ardent Denver Broncos supporter, he proudly displayed his loyalty through his golf bag and clothing. He also was a long-time Boston Celtics fan.
Cork is survived by Paula, his wife of 22 years; his daughter Heather (Jeff); a grandson (Nathan); two brothers (Robert and Terry); a sister (Sharon); and several nieces and nephews. His parents and a younger brother, Ken “Stoney” Walsh, preceded him in death. His family and his many friends will miss his indomitable spirit, his big heart, his humor and his joy of life.
He will be interred in Las Vegas.