Larrie Ford

Larrie Leon Ford

Saturday, June 13th, 1942 - Monday, July 13th, 2020
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Larrie Leon Ford

It saddens us to announce the passing of our beloved father Larrie Leon Ford on Monday, July 13, 2020 in Coupeville, Washington.

Larrie was born June 13, 1942 in Wapato, Washington to parents Clifton Ford and Majorie Shinaberger. Larrie grew up in Camas Washington riding his beloved horse, Chico. He competed in bull riding, bareback riding and tie-down roping on the rodeo circuit, winning many trophies and ribbons. While in high school, Larrie held several Washington state track and field records that he was very proud of, many of which stood for over 50 years. In 1962 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Ordnanceman (IYAOYAS), where hard work and dedication helped him rise through the ranks. He served his country with pride from the shores of Vietnam to N.A.S. Whidbey Island, where he spent most of his Naval career. He retired in 1982.

On August 4th, 1977 Larrie married the love of his life Janice L. Wilson. Jan called him her "Knight in Shining Armor". They had a wonderful 30 year marriage, full of adventures while raising 6 children. Larrie enjoyed many years as a coach and advisor for Coupeville High School’s athletic program. He was a competitive shooter and served as President of the Central Whidbey Sportsman Association. He loved fishing and could be found at his "secret spot" on Cranberry Lake with his family and devoted dog Barkley. Dad kept busy as a member of the Oak Harbor Yacht Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars organization, the Moose Lodge and Coupeville Booster Club. Larrie was preceded in death by his brother Denny, sister Nola Ford Restorff and his beloved wife Jan. When Jan passed, he gave her half of his heart to hold onto until he could be with her again. He is survived by his son James and wife Frances, daughter Deanna, son David and wife Barbi, daughter Tina, son Tony and wife Kara, son Eric and wife Holly along with his 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. A private service with full military honors will be held to celebrate Larrie’s life. In memory of Larrie Ford and to continue his support to the youth of our community, in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Coupeville Booster Club PO Box 452, Coupeville, WA. 98239. The family is especially grateful to all that have reached out and shared their love and stories of our father. Like all great men, he made all of us a little better for having known him.
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Posted at 12:16pm
RIP Larrie! It was a privilege to know you, thank you for all the laughs and memories. Love all your friends at Regency on Whidbey!

Pam Clark

Posted at 03:23pm
Larrie will be missed. Larrie was in my brothers class from Washougal. Our thoughts and prayers to the Ford family.
Love Pam Mason Clark & WHS alumni Old Timers

Susan Kaelin

Posted at 01:47am
I was sorry to read of Larrie's passing. I knew him from my five years at Coupeville Elementary, 1992-1997. At some point in the past 20 years he had contacted me via It was nice of him to have reached out in that way. I remember when Jan passed away; I sensed that life wasn't quite the same for him after that...and I understand that. I didn't know that he had been a star athlete in high school; that explains his interest in working with the youth and supporting athletic activities. He was a good man, and I am glad to have known him. My sincere condolences to all the family members Larrie leaves behind.

Al Lindell

Posted at 04:06pm
Sorry to hear of Larrie's passing. He was a great guy and good member of Central Whidbey Sportsmen's Association. He will be missed. Have signed up for notifications and will be looking to see when the private service with full military honors will be held as I know some folks from the club as I will want to attend an pay our respects.

David Ford Posted at 07:44pm

Hi Al. Thank you for the nice comments about our Dad. Unfortunately, the service will be limited to a family only affair due to COVID-19 restrictions.

George Haigh

Posted at 05:05pm
Rest In Peace brother. I will miss you till we meet again.
George Haigh

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