1942 ~ 2016
Larrie Eldon Gale was born 16 February 1942 in Salt Lake
City to Eldon Gale and Reha Myrl Higginson, just two months
after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Larrie's earliest memories are of his mother and great
grandmother since his father was away at war—in the
Navy. The idea of a "Dad" was only pictures that
his mother had placed throughout the home. He remembered
being read scriptures as he sat in his mother's lap or stood
by her knees, or she read stories from a little green book
with a title something like, "Book of Mormon Stories
for Young Latter-day Saints." He remembered trips in
a small wagon pulled by Mom to shop for groceries in small
stores scattered along Highland Drive. That was a time before
super markets and big box stores, a time when bread cost
9¢ a loaf.
The family moved to San Diego after serving in the Navy—it
had no snow to shovel and no hay fever. They lived in La
Mesa California, a suburb of San Diego, where Larrie grew
up from nine years old until his mission. They lived just
one block west of the Sharp Ranch, a 10,000 acre spread
which made a great place for boys to wander, ride horses,
shoot their bows and 22 rifles.
Larrie served for 25 months in the Spanish-American Mission
headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. He considered it a
gift that the mission required him to learn Spanish, a language
he used regularly for the rest of his life in church service
and in his career. He also fell in love with the culture,
the people and the food while in Texas.
Five days after returning home from his mission he attended
a Stake Dance at the San Diego Stake Center where he met
Manuela (Nell) Velasco. They both had served in the same
mission but had never met there. The common places they
had worked and the people they knew in Texas made for a
lively first conversation. Three months later Larrie proposed,
but it was a month later before Nell accepted. Larrie always
said it took four proposals for Nell to make up her mind.
They were married in the Los Angeles Temple, September
11th 1964, and the happy couple were blessed with six children:
Eldon, Donald (who goes by Tim) and Sean, were all born
in San Diego during school days. Taña was born in
Salt Lake City during graduate school, and Tamra in San
Antonio Texas while Dad worked at a university there. Kim
was born in Provo when the family moved to Utah so Larrie
could begin work at Brigham Young University.
The gospel of Jesus Christ was ever central to his life.
He served in teaching and priesthood roles, in missions
again with Nell later in life, as a bishop and as a home
teacher. The Book of Mormon, its history, evidences
and eternal insights have always been his important study.
Larrie had the privilege of working in many countries
around the world and was one of the pioneers that began
BYU Television International—a station now reaching
millions of Spanish and Portuguese speakers in Mexico, Central
and South America. But, most important to Larrie are his
children and grandchildren. His strongest desire and principal
hope is that there be no empty chairs in eternity.
Larrie is survived by his six children, 24 grandchildren
and siblings: Carol Jean Poulson (husband, Bill), Myrl Ann
Breinholt (husband Lynn), Peggy Eilene Kim (husband Don);
and by his children: Eldon Keith, Donald Timothy (wife Jaymi
Sparks), Sean Daniel, Taña Celeste Angle (husband
Richard), Tamra Ximen Baird (husband Scott) and Kim Darin
(wife Vanessa Lutz).
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016
at 11:00 am at the Cedar Hills 2nd LDS Ward Chapel, 3950
West Cedar Hills Drive, Cedar Hills, Utah. Family and friends
may call on Friday, July 8, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American
Fork, Utah, and on Saturday from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at
the church prior to services. Interment will be at the Highland