Larry K Davis, a proud father, grandfather and great grandfather, died April 1, 2021. He passed away peacefully at his home with his two daughters by his side.
Larry was born on January 18, 1937 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Clarence and Lily Davis. He was the oldest of three sons. Larry grew up with loving parents who taught him how to work hard as well as build, repair and fix anything. Larry realized early that he had a love for cars and engines. After high school, Larry joined the National Guard and later enlisted in the Army. He served in the Korean War working as an arms mechanic. After coming home, he met and married Judy Hall in 1965.
Larry was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After being sealed to Judy in the Salt Lake Temple, they lived most of their life in Taylorsville, Utah. They had three children, Lisa, Brenda and Bryan. Larry worked for Kennecott as a mechanic and laborer. He later worked for Wheeler Machinery Company as a foreman and mechanic. Larry prided himself in never having to hire anyone to repair or build anything for his family. He had an amazing talent for figuring out how to fix and make anything work.
Larry’s wife Judy, preceded him in death as she died of cancer in 1985. He later met and married Carol Peterson. Larry and Carol loved traveling in their motor home all around Utah and the western states with their friends. He vacationed on many cruise ships to the Bahamas and even the Panama Canal. After his second wife, Carol passed away, he didn’t let being alone slow him down. Larry found pleasure in working on rebuilding antique cars and engines. He loved his relationships with his friends. He loved traveling to car shows where he won several awards for his beautiful one-of-a-kind ’41 Coupe that he designed and rebuilt. He understood the value of having healthy relationships in his life. Even though he lived his retirement years with congestive heart problems resulting in many heart surgeries, he was able to outlive two wives and go on to enjoy his life.
Larry served two church service missions with students attending high school seminary with severe handicaps. He loved those kids like a father and found great purpose in doing so. He also served as a bus aide with students with behavioral and emotional problems. He had great love, patience and compassion working with these students. Larry was always known by friends and family to be dedicated in being honest in everything he did. Some perceived this as him being stubborn or always trying to be right. As we would take the time to look back, we realized that most of the time, he was right. Larry was not embarrassed to do the right thing.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Lily Davis, his wife, Judy, his second wife Carol, his son, Bryan Davis and brother, Reed Davis. He is survived by his daughter Lisa (Steve) Dewey, daughter Brenda Fellows, brother Daren (Carolyn) Davis, and step-sons LeeLand (Tammy) Petersen, Brent Petersen, Corey Peterson and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We would like to thank the hospice nurses and staff at Bristol Hospice for their care and compassion shown in Larry’s home.
Until I was planning to send out Christmas cards this year (2021) I did not know my cousin had passed away earlier in this year. I am still single and found a Christmas card Larry sent me in 1996. I just wanted to reconnect. I am deeply saddened that I missed his service and will miss him and his family. Uncle Clary (my mother's brother) was always my favorite uncle.
I will miss Larry. I greatly miss my uncle and Aunt Lil as well.