July 29, 1947 - August 1, 2012
Larry A. Moore, 65, a former resident of Vallejo, Calif, passed away from complications due to Parkinson's disease, on August 1, 2012 at Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe, with his family by his side. He was the son of Leonard and Betty Lanham of Vallejo, the eldest of three children. They settled in Vallejo in 1956, where Larry attended school at Steffan Manor, Pennycook, Hogan Jr., and Hogan Sr. High schools.
Larry was a football, basketball, and baseball standout at Hogan Sr. High School, graduating in l965. While attending Solano College he was one of the key pitchers for Coach Stan McWilliams' Falcons. Larry, a 6'4", 210 pound "Fire Baller", pitched semi-pro baseball in the summer of 1967 in Petaluma, Calif. The following spring, Larry signed with the San Francisco Giants and reported for spring training in Casa Grande, Ariz. March 20, 1968. His strong arm and size attracted the interest of numerous scouts, including the Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates. After several seasons with the Giants, he joined the Montreal Royals (Expos) where he received MVP status, and offers from the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs. Unfortunately, due to a severe injury to his pitching arm, he was forced to end his baseball career.
Larry and his family settled in So. Lake Tahoe in 1985 fullfilling his childhood dream of "Living in God's Country". He worked security for many headline entertainers, including Elvis Presley, and played guitar with several local bands. Larry will be remembered for his athletic abilities and his sense of humor, which he maintained throughout his courageous battle with Parkinson's disease.
Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Lanham and brother, Jimmy. He is survived by his wife Camille of 26 years, daughters Sarah and Cassie, sons J.D., Lee (wife January) and Cody. Grandchildren Aeris, Tami, and Lee Jr., father, Leonard, brother, Christopher (wife Nicole), and sister Diana.
On August 22, 2012, there will be a private grave side service with immediate family only. A public "Celebration of Life" memorial will be held for Larry on August 22, 2012 at 4 pm at the Sugar Pine Point State Park for all who knew and loved him. His family wishes for all who attend to share their stories and fond memories of Larry.