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PENCE, Larry M
PENCE, Larry M On July 26 2015, the finest man we ever knew left the constraints of this earthly life for eternity. He led a full happy life for 77 years, forty-two of them spent in the Antelope Valley. Larry was born in Lawrence, Kansas and grew up with his parents and a younger sister with traditional Midwestern values. Following one year at KU, he married his soul mate and joined the USAF. He was a patriot. Over the years he was stationed in Newfoundland Canada, then family joined him to Malmstrom AFB Montana, Wheelus AFB Libya North Africa and Edwards AFB, Calif. Initially he was a Rescue and Survival Specialist, which suited him well. He hunted big game and fished in Montana, deep sea dove off the Med at Wheelus and parachuted at Edwards. He loved the action. The only thing he loved more and was vastly proud of was his family: his wife and five sons, one daughter-in-law plus three granddaughters and two grandsons all of whom survive him. Larry was a participant in the community as PTA president for the schools at Edwards, Booster Club president for Desert High School, Chain gang leader for the football team for many years, Charter member of the EAFB Historical Society Museum. During this time he also completed his BA from Chapman College and attended numerous UCLA courses. Larry retired from the USAF with rank of Chief Master Sergeant as the Senior Enlisted Advisor at EAFB. He then began a new career with Computer Sciences Corp at Edwards for an additional twenty years retiring in 2002 as a Project Manager. Retirement allowed him ample time to continue to play Golf; which he did at every opportunity until his health precluded it. In his active years Larry enjoyed competition. Whether while playing all sports in high school and college, taking up racket ball or his last and most enjoyable game, GOLF. Larry was adored by his family and admired and respected by all he dealt with young or old. His integrity was unimpeachable and he was intensely loyal. He leaves his wife Nancy; sons, Vic and wife Dawnde, Steve, Jeff, Dave and Matt; granddaughters, Jennifer, Gina and Melissa and husband Chad; grandsons, Brian and Matthew. He also leaves his sister-in-law Bettie and his sister Kay and her family and his best friends Kemp and Vivian Forehand. Larry died at AV Hospital due to kidney failure in addition to a multitude of contributing health factors. He is deeply missed. Blessedly he is no longer suffering and is at peace. We wish to joyously celebrate his life. That occasion will be Sunday the afternoon of October 25, 2015 in Lancaster. To receive details & RSVP please contact: celebratelarrypence@gmail.com . In lieu of flowers, if you wish to donate in Larry's name, please consider Wounded Warriors or any charity of your choice.

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