Lawrence J Wanlass (Larry) passed away peacefully on August 6, 2020, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Larry was born at home in Austin, Utah on September 10, 1941. He was the second of four children born to Floyd and Naomi Wanlass. For a large portion of his childhood, he lived on the family farm in Monroe, Utah. The farm was his happy place and he loved going there.
Upon graduation from South Sevier High School, he attended The College of Southern Utah and Utah State University, where he majored in Industrial Engineering. After graduating from college, he enlisted in the Air Force and was trained as a Jet Engine Mechanic. His first, and only, duty station was Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California.
While on medical leave from the military, Larry met Linda Humes at church in Southern Utah. They began a long distance relationship from California, where Larry was stationed, and Salt Lake City, where Linda taught school. Larry and Linda married on June 23, 1967 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple for time and all eternity. They settled in Fairfield, California and remained there for their entire marriage. Larry and Linda welcomed seven children into their home, Jeffrey, Eric, Elise, Brian, Jonathan, Matthew, and Rebecca, over the next twelve years.
In 1968, Larry was honorably discharged from the Air Force at the end of his enlistment. He continued working for the military as a civilian industrial engineer at the Mare Island Naval Station in Vallejo, California. He would work there until 1996 when Mare Island closed. Larry was proud of his career and loved to show his children the buildings he worked on at Mare Island. He was also proud to be one of the last employees at Mare Island as he helped log historical information about the buildings and complete the closure of the Naval Station.
After his retirement from civil service, Larry, not liking to be idle for long, started working as a Maintenance and Ground Work employee for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Santa Rosa region. He loved fixing things. Larry could be seen fixing the family’s vehicles on a regular basis. He was also known to be innovative with his vehicles, once building a platform bed in the back of the family van for their long trips to Utah to see family. His children loved that platform bed.
Larry retired from his service with the church in 2007. After retirement, Larry enjoyed spending time with his family, serving those around him, and gardening. Larry and Linda were often watching grandkids, serving in the Oakland LDS Temple, working in the Concord Bishop’s Storehouse, or walking all over Fairfield.
Larry is survived by his beloved wife, Linda; his devoted sister, Jolene (Gordon) Parker of Joseph, UT; and his loving children, Jeffrey (Molly) of Vacaville, CA, Eric (Christy) of Lehi, UT, Elise (Alan) McCorkle of Bee Cave, TX, Brian (April) of Orem, UT, Jonathan (Shamsah) of Alameda, CA, Matthew (Sharilyn) of Provo, UT, and Rebecca (Matthew) Bishop of American Falls, ID. He is also survived by twenty-five grandchildren, one great grandchild, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceding Larry in death were his loving parents, Floyd and Naomi; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Stephen and Mary Wanlass and Michael and Kristi Wanlass; and, his grandson, Clark Bishop.
Larry was a quiet man who loved to serve others. He impacted those around him with his service, probably more than he even knew. Larry also had a love for God and Jesus Christ and the Gospel. He loved his faith and had an unwavering testimony of his faith. Larry’s life was his family, near and far, and he would do anything for them. Even when dementia ravaged his mind, he had crystal clear memories of family. Family was everything to Larry.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be a private memorial service for immediate family and close friends only in attendance on Friday, August 14th at 10:00 am. Extended family and friends are invited to attend the service via GoogleMeet. https://meet.google.com/icc-hhym-ajx Larry will be interred with military honors at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA.
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