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Larry Freeman

Larry Morrow Freeman

March 22 1933

January 15, 2013

Larry Morrow Freeman, 79, of Salado passed away Tuesday, January 15, in Austin, TX while receiving treatment for a traumatic brain injury.

 

Larry was born in Grand Saline, TX on March 22, 1933.  His family moved to Dallas where he graduated in 1950 from North Dallas High School.  He received an athletic scholarship from Daniel Baker College in Brownwood and played all college sports.  When Daniel Baker closed its athletic program, Larry transferred to Southwestern University in Georgetown where he was an All-Conference guard for the basketball team.  At Southwestern he met Patricia Gregory and while students, they were married in 1952 resulting in a 60 year marriage.

Larry was a high school basketball coach in Monahans and Crane after graduation from college.  He helped coach all other sports and retained his love for athletics all of his life.  In 1960, Larry went to work as a pharmaceutical salesman living in Waco.  In 1970, he began his career with Herff Jones Graduation Supply Co, and moved his family to Midland.  He accepted the job as state sales manager for the company in 1983 and moved to Chandler in East Texas with plans to retire there.  After retiring in 1996, he and Pat moved to the golf community of Emerald Bay in Bullard.  Family obligations in 2002 resulted in a move to Salado.

Larry always loved golf and formed many friendships while playing at golf courses and tournaments all over the state.  He was often the president of or a director in the many organizations in which he served, which led to a rich and fulfilling life.  He was a member of the Methodist Church all of his adult life and served in most roles in church administration.

The Lions Club was a 30 year commitment to give back to his community.  He was a District Governor and 1988-89 served as State Chairman.  He welcomed their motto, “We Serve” as a life guideline.

Larry is survived by his wife, Pat, two daughters, Valerie Lowe and husband, Rex, of Plano and Kimberly Spiro and husband Philip of Manchester, NH.  His daughter, Laurel Peres, predeceased him.  His sister, Jan Frazier, lives in Irving.

 

Seven grandchildren were a joy to their beloved “Hoss”.  They are Chris Miller of Lewisville, Todd Pfister and wife Shelley of San Antonio, Kyle Pfister and fiancée Rosina of Dallas, Katie Hinchey of Boston, Caroline and Connor Spiro of Manchester, NH and Courtney Peres of Salado and San Marcos.  And the reward of living a long life are his great-granddaughters, Emma Claire and Giselle Pfister.

 

Services for Larry will be at Salado United Methodist Church at 2:00 pm Friday, January 18th with Rev Travis Franklin conducting the services.  Visitation with the family will be at 1:00 pm at the church.

Larry requested that memorial gifts be to Salado Methodist Church or to the Lions Campo for the Handicapped Children in Kerrville.

Services are in the care of Broecker Funeral Home, Salado.

Condolences may be made at www. Broeckerfuneralhome.com