David ‘Larry' Guery
Jan. 28, 1941 - Nov. 14, 2010
David "Larry" Guery, 69, passed away on Nov. 14, 2010, at his home in Walla Walla.
Viewing and visitation will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010,from 4 p.m until 8 p.m. and on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at 10 a.m. at the Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Center. Interment will follow at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Center through the funeral home.
Larry was born Jan. 28, 1941, in Austin, Texas, to Thomas and Mazie Pope Guery. His parents named him after father and son baseball players, David and Larry Doby. At age 10, his father called him a hothead and knew what would help, so he introduced him to golf.
Larry attended elementary school in Texas and high school in Oklahoma. He played middle linebacker on his high school football team. He joined the Army right out of high school from 1959-1962, as a medic. After being injured due to friendly fire, he returned to the States and worked on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline until about 1964. He then moved back to Oklahoma and began working for Philips Petroleum. About 1970, he attended the University of Washington, mopping his way through college along with Dino Rossi. Larry earned a degree in science and engineering.
In 1974, he moved to Spokane and worked as salesman for Applets and Cotlets at the World's Fair. He began traveling back and forth from Spokane to Seattle to play golf with friends. In 1980, he moved to Walla Walla, where he went to work for the Washington State Penitentiary until 1986.
In 1981, he met Carmen Hernandez not knowing she would be the love of his life six years later. On May 22, 1987, he and Carmen began dating and continued dating for the next 18 years. In 1989, he moved to Pasco, continuing with his first love, golf. Still traveling back and forth from Pasco to Walla Walla, in 1998 he started the East Pasco Golf Foundation teaching kids to play golf. This was a way for him to help the youth (ages 7-18) until 2000, when he moved back to Walla Walla. On Nov. 5, 2005, he married his long-time love and when asked why he waited so long to marry, he would answer that he was waiting for his nephew, Jermey, who has cerebral palsy, to turn 18 so he could be best man. He continued playing golf until September 2010.
In 2009, he had his left kidney removed due to cancer. A week after he was released from the Portland VA, he went to Spokane to play in a golf tournament. He played 18 holes the first day but could not play the next day. About the last part of 2009, he went on dialysis until the Nov. 13, 2010. When asked if he had kids, he would say yes, a daughter named, Cinnamon, which was his pitbull of 14 years (Jan. 8, 1991 - Jan. 14, 2005). He enjoyed golf, watching TV (Andy Griffith), going for walks and just spending time with his wife, talking with his brother-in-law Joe, Uncle Claud and many, many of his friends.
He attended Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Center, where he was named deacon of security as he would stand at the front door and greet all who entered with a big smile until his death. He loved going to Bible study every Wednesday night but stopped going about two months ago as he was drained from dialysis the day before. He volunteered at Helpline for about two years and while in Pasco, he volunteered for Second Harvest for about five years. He was a very kind-hearted man; his heart was much bigger than he was as he would give you the shirt off his back. He thought the world of his father-in-law, Huck, and mother-in-law, Betty.
He is survived by his longtime friend and wife, Carmen Guery at the home; three brothers, Ernest Guery of California, Dimpsey Guery of Alaska and Hank Guery of Alaska; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lupe and Ben Adams, Betty Joe Hernandez, Joe Hernandez, Cory and Burt Hernandez. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and baby (pitbull).