Larry Lee Motz


Larry Lee Motz left this life on September 14, 2017.  Larry was born December 10, 1935, to Edward and Naomi Motz in Alamosa, Colorado. He lived his young life in Alamosa, Jerome and Goldroad, Arizona, where he was baptized in the Christian faith.

He joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at the Summer White House in Denver as an Honor Guard for President Eisenhower. Larry was on active duty during the President’s heart attack and subsequent recovery in 1955 and accompanied him on the trip back to Washington, D.C. in November. Subsequent tours found him in Alaska and enjoyed singing with the Eielsonaires, as well as managing the Eielson AFB football team, the Outlaws, in addition to his other duties.

He earned a BA and MA at Adams State College in Colorado where he also met the love of his life, Lynnette Louise Studebaker, whom he married on February 16, 1963. His love of music, singing and Alaska continued as he taught music in Hoonah, Alaska; Rangely, Colorado; Trinidad, Colorado; Glennallen, Alaska; and Fort Richardson in Anchorage. Larry transitioned from teaching and joined the personnel department of Alaska State Operated Schools which eventually led him to the position of Superintendent of Human Resources for British Petroleum from which he eventually retired.

He was a wonderful father to Lawrence Scott Motz (Cindy) and Stacia Lynnette Motz (Brian Bunn) and an incredible grandfather, “Peepa”, to Joy, Alexander and Maximilian Motz. He enjoyed his morning crosswords, football – especially rooting for the Denver Broncos, traveling and brightening any room with stories of humor and mirth. He leaves behind a multitude of friends, Lynnette, his wife of 54 years; his son, his daughter, and their spouses; his grandchildren; his brother, Paul E. Motz (Marianne); his sister-in-law, Mary Motz; his father-in-law, D. Douglas Studebaker; his brother-in-law, Douglas E. Studebaker (Elsie); his sisters-in-law, Linda Motz, Laura Letey (Ron), Leslie Johnson (Frank) and a myriad of wonderful nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Thomas Scott, Arthur, Marvin, and his sister, Mona.

A private cremation service was held September 21, 2017, and a Celebration of Life will be held in June 2018. His charity of choice is Friends of Pets (http://www.friendsofpets.org/donate.html).

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