In Memory


Larry Austin

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11/29/11 03:51 AM #1    

Christy Shaw (Griffin)

From Larry's Obituary:

Larry Blaine Austin, age 68, passed away away Tuesday, November 15, 2011 in Scenic, Arizona.  He was born November 27, 1942 in Ogden, Utah to Thomas Blaine Austin and Lucille Mitchell.  He married Elaine Harris in Scenic, AZ on December 27, 2000.

Larry graduated with honors and was a track star at BYU where he held several track records.  He was a man that loved his family - kids, grandkids and many pets.  Larry's dogs went everywhere with him.  He has lived in CA, IL, and TX before settling in Scenic.  Larry was very well known in the Mesquite area.  He also served his country proudly in the US Army during Vietnam.

He is survived by his wife Elaine Austin, his children from his first marriage to Kay Hamilton, son Ryan (Jodie) Austin from Folsom, CA and daughter Noelle (Rod) Hume from Kelowna, BC, Canada; step-son,  Marty (Kanitha) Harris From Crosby, TX and eight grandchildren, Gavin Austin, Lauren, Emma, John, Katie, Gracie Hume, and Ryan Cooper Harris; two sisters, Sherri (Rick) Neville from Malad, ID and Patti (Dale) Brown from Ogden, UT; and Uncle Ron (Carol) Austin from Bay Area, CA and Aunt Carol (Mark Rutheford from Mesquite, NV.  He is preceded in death by his parents.

Viewing held at Virgin Valley Mortuary Monday November 21, 2011 at 1 pm, graveside at Bunker Cemetery  at 2:30 pm.  Friends and family are invited to sign our online guestbook at


12/07/11 02:30 PM #2    

Gary Bingham

On Oct. 20, 2011 I visited Larry in Mesquite.  We talked for over three hours about the times we played basketball in my driveway, what we had been during since graduation and our families.  Larry mentioned that he had lost sight in his left eye and as a result sometimes he would loose his equilibrium.  This may account for his fall.

I returned from my mission in Dec. of 1964.  Larry was home for Christmas and was due to graduate the next spring.  He had learned to play the guitar while at BYU and I had picked it up on my mission.  We spent several hours jamming, western music of coarse.

One summer Larry and I picked beans in South Weber.  We rode our bikes and on the way home we had to climb some hills coming up South Weber Dr. and Ritter Dr.  Larry could always accend without slowing down.  I on the other hand had to strain to make it up.

I remember seeing Larry run down 6000 as he started on his training runs.  He was always running.  He mentioned that he held several top times for his age group in senior races.

Eddy Penington, Jim Garner, and I attended his funeral.

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