“You are one tough cowboy,” the doctors always told Lawrence (Larry) Leslie Orr, who passed away at the age of 84 in Heber City, Utah. He was especially proud of that tagline and repeated it often. Larry was independent and a bit stubborn… even in death. He didn’t want anyone else telling him what to do, how to do it, or when to do it.

Born and raised on the family farm in Rupert, Idaho, Larry was taught the value of hard work and commitment. He maintained those ethics when drafted into the United States Army and assigned to be trained as an electronics specialist. That education resulted in a long career with the phone company as a switch technician. He received numerous accolades from his employer for his dedication and outstanding work. Larry eventually retired at the age of 65 to focus on his small ranch in the Heber Valley where he grew alfalfa and enjoyed his horses and dogs.

The son of Frank Leroy Orr and Mary Ernestine Dell Orr, Larry is survived by his sister Carolyn and preceded in death by brothers Robert, Daryl, and Dallas. As a fiercely independent cowboy, Larry never settled down with a "You are one tough cowboy!" family of his own. However, he cherished his relationship with numerous nieces and nephews whom he could share his stories with. He also kept a close circle of friends he considered family.

True to form, Larry requested that no fuss be made when he moved on to heavenly pastures. Instead, he thought it would be more fruitful to donate his body to medical science to see what tough cowboys are made of, which he did. Larry’s remains will eventually be interred in the Heber City Cemetery where close friends and family may gather to reflect on his memory.

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Sep 01, 2022

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