Loved by all who met him, Larry, 85, was born on August 17, 1935 in Maywood, California. He passed away Friday, October 2, 2020; peacefully of natural causes.
He married his forever sweetheart, Linda, for time and all eternity, on September 7, 1961 in the Los Angeles, California Temple.
He is survived by his wife and 7 children. Laura (Marc) Goldberg, Larry J. (Martina) O’Neil, Laree (Clint) Ard, Leann Plott, Lance (Heather) O’Neil, Lane (Mikki) O’Neil, and Lynette O’Neil. They have 25 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
As a young man, Larry served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Netherlands mission. He then served in the US Army and was stationed at Fort Collins, Colorado.
He remained true and faithful to gospel principles and served in many church callings. He and Linda were called to serve many missions: guides at the LDS Church Conference Center for 3 years, missionaries to the Wellington, New Zealand mission 2006 – 2008, an Inner City mission in SLC for 1 ½ years, a third mission to Charleston, West Virginia, USA 2012-2013. They, also served in the SLC Temple for 6 years. These were highlights of their senior years. They were loved by everyone.
We all know Larry loved sports, especially Brigham Young University athletics. He had season tickets for many years to football, basketball and volleyball. They attended as many functions at their alma mater, BYU, as possible. Larry supported his dear wife in many musical events and could hear the beauty, even though he was unable to carry a tune himself. He often said, “I make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”
It was obvious to all how much his family meant to him. He had a special place in his heart for each one, especially his grandchildren. He loved to attend sporting events, dance, plays, choirs and any event they were involved in.
In his ward, he was interested in every person’s life, always trying to support them in their endeavors. He looked for opportunities to talk to each one and keep up with their interests.
We love you and miss you and look forward to seeing you again.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020, 12:30 – 3:00 pm, at the O’Neil home, 3124 South 3075 East, SLC UT 84109. Parking is available in the east parking lot of Canyon Rim Park, located behind the home. Masks and social distancing are appreciated.
A special thanks to Harmony Hospice and to R.N. Reggie and aide Rudy, you were great. Also thanks to a fantastic pair of doctors: Ed Miner (heart) and Jamie Longe (long-time personal/family GP).
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