Larry Sage passed away on July 13, at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, NV, following a cycling accident earlier that morning on Donner Pass Road in Truckee, CA. Larry is survived by — wife Sue Sage of Truckee, CA; parents Laural andamp; Barbara Sage of Alpharetta, GA; sister Lynnette McCann of Alpharetta, GA; brother Steven Sage of Fernley, NV; and several nieces and nephews. Larry was born on June 3, 1955.Larry was many things to many people: a devoted husband, a loyal friend, a cheerful riding companion, and an accomplished and always dependable adventure partner. Larry was also a teacher. He loved sharing his extensive knowledge of the natural world with everyone he met, the depth and breadth of his wisdom was dazzling, from geology to botany to ornithology to physiology, and everything in between. The strength of Larry’s character was exceptional, as was his generosity. His help could be counted on in a moment’s notice, and would be offered with no expectation of anything in return. He was also a man of uncommon integrity. It was evident in everything he did, and provided an example for others to strive toward.Larry was a peerless athlete, with a quiet strength far beyond his stature. His list of cycling accomplishments is impressive, though you would never know unless you asked, his achievements were politely concealed by his modesty. While living in Nevada City, Larry raced with the cycling team, Sierra Express, for many years. In 1994, he placed ninth overall in the Leadville 100. His dad went with him to Leadville for support and Larry frequently talked about what a wonderful time they shared. “I think he came out of the womb on wheels,” says his wife Sue. “Hardly a day went by that he didn’t get on his bike. Even in winter, he’d be inside on the rollers, watching DVDs of the Tour or the Giro. He loved to ride more than anything else.” Larry spent much of his youth in Colorado where he developed a passion for the outdoors. While attending the Campion Academy in Campion, CO, he learned to rock climb, play guitar, and write music. “He was my balance beam in life from very early on” his mother, Barbara, recently remarked. Larry graduated from Pacific Union College in 1980 with a B.S. in Biology and from Loma Linda University in 1983 with a Masters in Public Health. After a year teaching anatomy and physiology to nursing students in Hong Kong , he began a 20-year career for the county Environmental Health Department. He retired as the Director in 2006. “Larry was one of the most highly regarded people in our profession and contributed greatly to our cause throughout his career. Larry was an excellent writer and one of his major contributions was authoring the land use ordinance for Nevada County which was copied and utilized throughout California and his influence can be seen in the recently adopted AB 885...” writes Wesley Nicks, current Department Head.After retirement, Larry began following his passions of photography, wood-working, and guiding hiking trips for REI Adventures throughout the Southwest. In 2009, he was presented with the “Top Guide of the Year” award at REI’s flagship store in Seattle , WA . Through his passion for the outdoors and expert leadership he touched many lives… some profoundly.“We were blessed the moment we met our leader, Larry, for our REI trip to Zion and Bryce. He was soft spoken, kind, and very knowledgeable with a great smile that his wife, Sue, would bring to his face with her sense of humor and antics,” writes Loretta Carter of Northern California.“Larry (AKA Superman) was always prepared for everything, enjoyed life, had an amazing personality, and shared his love for the outdoors with many others”, comments Kris Hoefler, a client on a Death Valley trip this past spring. “His spirit will live on in all of our adventures… we will make him proud of what we do from here.”A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held August 11, at 2:00pm at 11285 Thelin Drive, Truckee, CA. A memorial ride starting at the Truckee Factory Outlet parking lot to Cisco Grove and back will start at 9:00 that morning. Donations in Larry’s name may be made to the Truckee Trails Foundation — http://truckeetrails.org.
Obituary: Larry Sage
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