Lawrence R. Spencer, 70, passed away March 13, 2013, at his home in Central Park. Larry was born on March 31, 1942 in Aberdeen, Wash., to Lawrence Spencer and Lois Heinlen-Spencer. He grew up in Montesano, where he also attended school. On July 16, 1965, he married his love, Shirley (Jhanson) Spencer. He had four children, Larry Dean of Westport, Lawrence Ronald Sr. (Bonni) of Central Park, Rusty (Debra) of Elma and Jana’ (John) DeMore of Spring Creek, Nev. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Lois, and two sisters, Shirley Ann Spencer, and Donna Lee (John) Grove. Larry was a U.S. Marine, with an honorable discharge. He then went on to become a truck driver and a reserve for the Grays Harbor County Sherriff. He was well known as he worked for many trucking companies both on the Harbor and in Montana, driving trucks and doing heavy-duty mechanics. Later in life Larry and Shirley co-managed ABC Mini Storage in Central Park for 17 years. They retired a few weeks ago. Larry was involved in the Grays Harbor Coin Club, and was a former member of a CB Club; his CB handle was “Jake-Brake.” He was also a member of Grays Harbor Search and Rescue. He also enjoyed Nascar, having been a racecar driver, and volunteering at the Grays Harbor Race Track as a push truck driver. Larry’s biggest joys were his children, his 14 grandchildren (Katherine, Valerie, Trevor, Ryan and Brittany, Misty, Tifanie and Kyle, Michael, Mitchell and Jennifer, Leslie and Matt, Matthew and Felicia, Cody, Dylan, Lawrence Jr., and Jessica and Nate) and eight great-grandchildren (Taylor LeiLani, Rhodee, Taylor, Trenton, Rave, Chase, Maurice and Caden) and one on the way. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was actively involved with Friends Landing. Larry was the kind of man who was always putting others first and who would do anything for anyone. He was the kind of man who could put a smile on your face and loved making people laugh. His kind heart and joyful spirit will be forever remembered in all that knew him. A graveside service took place Wednesday, March 20, at the Satsop Cemetery. A celebration of his life was held following the service at his son’s home in Elma. To honor Larry, the family requests that donations be made to Friends Landing.
Please visit and sign the online tribute to Larry at www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma.