Joseph ‘Larry’ Gerrard, 1938-2008
Joseph “Larry” Gerrard died Jan. 8 after a very heroic battle against lung cancer. He was 69.
Larry was born Feb. 25, 1938, in Evanston, Wyo., to Ernest and Louise Gerrard. He attended school in Evanston and graduated from Evanston High School.
Larry worked for the railroad, Bechtel Corp., and Texasgulf. With his very strong work ethic, Larry never missed a day unless his health adamantly required it. He retired from Texasgulf in 1998.
Larry always found joy in even the smallest things. He was the biggest Wyoming Cowboys fan, a collector ” especially of clocks ” and never missed “The Price is Right” with “Bobby Barker.”
He loved comedy and had a sense of humor to keep everyone, including himself, laughing through life. He had a way of making everyone feel special, even strangers, and anyone that knew him knows that the saying, “Out of sight, out of mind” is completely false. We will all be forever touched by his love.
He is survived by his wife Joanie Gerrard; his children Julie Duran of Ogden, Utah, Teresa (Robert) Murray of Ogden, Raelene Beveridge of Grand Junction, Rick (LaVina) Beveridge of Eagle, Lisa Gerrard (Joe Skazinski) of Longmont, Colo., Mary Lou (Jeremy) Yeik of Eagle; and many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, his brother Ernie, and nephew Andy.
A celebration of his life will be held this spring in Eagle. The family asks that contributions in his name be made to Huntsman Cancer Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, hospice of choice, or request that cards and letters recounting fond memories with Larry be sent.