Longtime Soldotna resident Lawrence Allen "Larry" Yocom died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna, after fighting a nearly three-year battle with cancer. He was 64.
Per the family's request no services will be held. His ashes will be buried at the Terrace Heights Memorial Park in Yakima, Wash., at a later date.
Mr. Yocom was born Jan. 21, 1943, in Seattle. He graduated from Wilbur High School in 1960 and JM Perry Institute in 1962 where, he would serve as an instructor and the electrical department head from 1972 until 1984. He moved to Alaska and worked for ARCO from 1984 until his retirement in 1994. After retiring from ARCO he worked for various industrial support companies. Mr. Yocom also served two years on the Soldotna City Council and was a member of the Alaska Municipal League.
"He loved Alaska, and especially the Kenai River. He was never more at peace in this world than when he was soaking in the sights and sounds of the Kenai. There were few people that could outlast him once he launched his boat. The fish, he often said, 'were the bonus.' The true joy for Larry came in just being on the river and sharing it with friends and family. He had a great sense of humor, right up until the end. His smile was infectious. His charm and humor was offset by a demanding work ethic. He always did his best, and demanded the same of others. This attitude, mixed with a loud, booming voice and large stature made him intimidating to many during his working years. He enjoyed using his talents to help others and never expected anything in return. He was the type of a man that could fix almost anything. He enjoyed welding, carpentry work, and mechanical repairs, but had formal training as an electrician and electronics technician. He enjoyed passing on his knowledge to others and was a gifted teacher. He also enjoyed music, playing piano and guitar, reading, playing games and crossword puzzles. His greatest joy of all was spending time with his grandchildren. Although he walked with a cane, an artifact from childhood polio, he did not let his disability hold him back from doing the things he set his mind to do. His determination and attitude will be a continued inspiration to his family and close friends," his family said.
He died with dignity and courage with Linda, his beloved wife of 45 years, by his side.
Mr. Yocom was preceded in death by his parents, Jess Yocom and Stella Ruhl; and daughter, Jamie Lynn Yocom.
He is survived by his wife of Soldotna; son, Bud Yocom and his wife, Julie, of Anchorage; grandsons, Lucas and Collin Yocom of Anchoarge; granddaughter, Valerie Yocom of Anchorage; sisters, Barbara Rhodes and Martha Alexander of Spanaway, Wash.; and brothers, Richard Yocom of Florida and Jeff Ruhl of Spanaway.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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