Larrie Eldon Gale
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 City Cemetery.

 

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