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Raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Larry graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He immediately began his teaching career at East Jefferson High School in New Orleans, his alma mater. After nine years, he and his family, wife Betty and children, Chip, Robb and Lori, moved to the Mid-Columbia area in 1978. Larry earned his Master of Music Education degree from Western Oregon University in 1984. He taught music (band and choir, K-12) in Sherman County as well as The Dalles for thirty years before retiring in 2008.
Larry served as choir director in several churches throughout his teaching career. He and his wife now spend much of their free time with their children and twelve grandchildren.