Dallen, Larry a longtime resident of Torrance, CA passed away on Friday, July 10, 2009 at Little Company of Mary Hospital after a courageous battle against a sudden illness. Larry was born on October 29, 1942 in Minneapolis, KS to Edwin and Lola Dallen. While he was growing up he helped his parents with their hatchery and then their milk delivery business. Throughout high school, Larry played basketball and football. He graduated from Kansas State University with a Masters in Statistics. After moving to Torrance, Larry worked for TRW. He then had several of his own businesses - Jacquard Registration Systems and Golf Masters. Larry then joined Hughes Aircraft in El Segundo as a financial controller for satellite systems where he retired in 1997. A devoted family man, Larry was active in his sons' lives. Some of his favorite memories were from Indian Guides with his sons Michael and Tom. He loved coaching little league baseball and soccer. He attended every football game that his son, Tom, played. With much pride he traveled the country taking pictures of Tom when he played for University of Cincinnati football team. Larry loved fishing from his boat on the ocean, but his passion was golf. He would never pass up a Sunday golf outing with his son or anytime with his friends. In retirement, Larry worked with his wife Mary Jo in their 15 year Mary Kay Cosmetics business. You could see him driving the Pink Cadillac around town with pride. They enjoyed so much freedom to spend with their family. One of Larry's favorite things was to have breakfast with his grandsons every morning before walking to school. Larry was blessed with a sense of humor, decisive temperament and a sharp mind. He loved, enjoyed and embraced life. Larry is survived by his wife of 22 years, Mary Jo; son Tom and his wife DeeDee and grandsons Collin and Caden Dallen of Torrance, Ca. He is preceded in death by his son Michael Dallen of Torrance, Ca. and his father Edwin and mother Lola Dallen from Minneapolis Kansas. A celebration of his life for family and friends will be held at Calvary Chapel South Bay on Saturday July 25, 2009 at 5pm with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made in his name to Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation. Unspeakably missed by those who knew him best, especially his wife Mary Jo and son Tom. "Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners that make our souls blossom." Please use this website, to send the family messages, share memories and obtain directions to the celebration.

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  1. To Mary Jo and family – our hearts are heavy with the news of Larry’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Mary Jo and family, Mere words cannot convey my sympathy for your loss. Larry was the father of us in Mary Kay and took such wonderful care of us making sure we had what we needed and that we were where we needed to be. With deepest condolences, Christy Brown

  3. Mary Jo and Tommy: Our heart breaks for your loss of such a wonderful man. Larry brought so many laughs into our lives and he is missed so much. Cherish all the wonderful memories. With sympathy, love and hugs, Michelle and Erin Arguelles

  4. Mary Jo, Tom and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Larry had the biggest heart – and he so loved you and was always so very proud of each of you. May your memories of Larry’s love for you bring you comfort and peace, now and through the days ahead. With prayers for comfort and love, Lois & Jeff

  5. Mary Jo – We are so sorry that Larry’s battle ended this way. As you know, we loved Larry – his smile, his laughter, his dry humor, his Mary Kay knowledge (!) and his friendship. We know you’ll keep him close in your heart with all of the wonderful memories you made together. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you!

  6. We are so sorry to hear about Larry, he was an outstanding individual with a big heart, our prayers goes out to you and your family.

  7. Dear Mary Jo, So saddened to read the Breeze today and see you joined a very sad sorority with me, widowhood. Please call if I can help you through this miserable process. Thinking of you.

  8. Mary-Jo,Tommy and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May all the good memories sustain you through these sad days.

  9. Mary Jo & Tom~ We cannot find the words to express the pain you must feel for the sudden loss of a man and friend who was so loved by you and all who knew him. Larry was the consummate, supreme gentleman, a wonderful & loving family man & no matter the passing of time, we always felt his friendship. We will miss you terribly, Larry, but you will always be in our hearts through the love & friendship of your wonderful wife, Mary Jo and your family.

  10. Mary Jo and Tom, Our prayers are with you and your family. We send our condolences for your loss of Larry. With sympathy, Rayna and Glen

  11. What an awesome mentor and friend! Larry, my heart is joyful that one day I will see you again, but full of sorrow that you are not here now. We love you! Julie and Richard Allen

  12. Mary Jo and Family: I am so sorry to read about the loss of your husband and father. He was always so professional and supportive; a real Mary Kay man. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Sincerely your sister consultants: Cheryl, Mimi and Yvette

  13. Larry always had a quick smile and kind word when I would attend MKU’s in Carson City. I enjoyed getting to know him and admired how he admired Mary Jo…obviously the love of his life. He was Mary Kay through and through…we were lucky to have him in our lives.

  14. Mary Jo and Family: I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Larry was such a wonderful man and a joy to be around. He will be missed and remembered always. I have been praying for you and your family and will continue to do so. Lots of love, Amber Jackson

  15. Oh my gosh! We’re so sorry. We can be comforted by knowing where Larry is and he has left a legacy. People even from other areas were asking about you @ Seminar. You are loved. He is loved. I wish we could be there but we have a banquet to do with music for another National area @ their Seminar. We love you Mary Jo. If we can ever do anything, we’re here. Don & Nancy

  16. My heart goes out to you (Mary Jo) and all of your family members with sincere sympathy and condolences for your loss. I will never forget how you and Larry saved my career so that I would be able to retire with pride and dignity. I will forever be grateful. I enjoyed my brief conversations with Larry on the sidelines of the West High football field during games I refereed. He was always a pleasure to be around with. I will keep Larry and all of you in my thoughts and prayers always. Phil Perea.

  17. Mary Jo, My heart breaks for you and your family. Larry will be truly missed. What a warm, wonderful man. I was blessed to have known him. You are in my thoughts and prayers. We love you Mary Jo.

  18. Dear Mary Jo, Tom & Family, Words cannot express what we feel for all of you. What a Legacy that Larry leaves behind. He was such a special man to all of us however he will live on in you Tom and your boys, Collin and Caden. Mary Jo he will look down from heaven and be so proud when you debut as a National Sales Director. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and that we love you all so very much. Pat & Charles Fortenberry

  19. Mary Jo and Tom, I am so sorry for “our” loss. Larry was a marvelous man who obviously adored his family. He is in God’s care now and will keep you in the palm of his hand. I am with you in spirit as you celebrate his life. I will continue to pray as you navigate these next days, weeks and months. Much love, Judi

  20. I received a message from Pat Fortenberry about your husband. There are never words at this time. I can only send you my very best wishes and I know you are in the arms of all your Mary Kay friends. My love to you and your family. God bless you all. Best, SueAnn Demmerle

  21. We send our prayers and love to Mary Jo and the entire family. We will miss Larry so much as we felt he was a part of our family.

  22. We rejoice with you in celebrating the life of Larry. He was such a wonderful man that truly embraced life. We meet in Puerto Vallarte, Mexico in April ’09. We could tell Larry was a true Mary Kay man whether in the hot tube , getting a pedicure, or planning his golf tee time. He touched our hearts and we left knowing we had two wonderful friends on the west coast. Thank you Mary Jo for your loving spirit, our lives are richer from knowing you and Larry. The passion he had for life was a joyous celebration. May God hold and comfort you and your family day by day. We love you.

  23. Mary Jo, I am a director that has attended the classes you taught @ Myrtle Beach, I am a former Fortenberry Dir. I just wanted to let you know that I have been praying for you these past weeks. I know you are feeling great loss. I will cont. to pray that God will wrap his arms of peace and comfort around you and your family. When I was going through a very difficult time I spoke with my very wise Aunt who reminded me that in Ps 91 it speaks of being under His wings. She also told me that it is dark under those wings. But under his wings you can hear the heart beat of God. I pray that your wonderful memories will bring you joy and comfort. Thinking of you in prayer. Kathy Koeneman

  24. Mary Jo & family, Rudy has many fond memories of Larry. He always had a smile on his face and was so very proud of you. May God’s peace that surpasses all understanding be with you and your family during this difficult time.

  25. Mary Jo and family, My heart and sympathy go out to you and your family. Larry was so special to so many of us. I will always remember you guys and your trips to my Training Center in Stockton. Great times!

  26. I respect & admire the fact that Larry was so supportive and proud of you just like we are. He was so welcoming to everyone and I appreciate that. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Pink hugs, Cissy

  27. I wanted to share my condolences with the Dallen family. Tommy, although I didn’t know your Dad well, the true measure of a man can be found in the ones he has left behind. Your dad helped shape you into the good man you have become today, and that says a lot about him. Take care, anything you need just let me know.

  28. Dear Mary Jo, you and your family have been in my prayers, and there aren’t words to express the sorrow you are bearing. This is when our Lord picks us up and carries us in his loving arms, and holds us close. Love and prayers, Kathy Rebmann

  29. Mary Jo, I just want to let u know that you and your family are in our prayers. Anna Jones- Former MK Director

  30. My prayers are with you and your family Mary Jo, you and Larry have touched my life personally, Larry was so helpful to me at Jamboree and you Mary Jo are so GO Give to my team members in Torrance.

  31. Mary Jo, Thinking of you and your family during this very difficult time. Thank goodness you have your Mary Kay friends and family like Karlee and Pat. I will keep you all in my prayers. Jeana Walton Independent Sales Director

  32. Mary Jo and Tom, There are never enough words to express our sorrow at your loss. We know that Larry will always be with you watching over you and cheering you on. Our prayers are with you and your family as you are going through these days. Remember that we love you and will be thinking of you.

  33. My Dearest Mary Jo and Tom, Please keep in mind that Larry is in a far better place right now. Please allow God to minister to the void you feel right now. God is a very present help in time of sorrow. As you pray and reflect on Larry’s life you will find all the good he has done and those memories will keep you going through another day. Your family is in our prayer. Be Blessed, Tim and Ella Jones

  34. My friendship with Larry was in its infant stages, but when I would see him,it was like we’d been friends all our lives. He just was a friendly straight up guy,who loved his life,his family,and his golf.I really missed him at seminar 2009,you know? There are just some people that are good to the bone,and you love being around them,he was one of the rare ones.I’ll miss him as all of us will. I’m sure that whenever I’m on a golf course, sometime during the round,there will be a thought of Larry,and a little smile will cross my lips.

  35. Mary Jo….I can’t express any words that would make your sad journey any easier. I hope that knowing friends from your Mary Kay world are praying for you and your family feels like a huge warm hug at this time. Peggy Young Sister Sales Director

  36. Mary Jo, So many years. You and Larry were always special. So many fond memories of you two, and all you did for everyone. So difficult to find words to express our sorrow and sympathy. Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. Peace, prayers, and blessings,

  37. Dear Mary Jo, May God keep Larry in His care and give you & your family the strength to accept His will.

  38. Dear MaryJo: I so sorry that I am not able to attend what I know will be a special celebration service for Larry. He will surely be missed by a countless number of people. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and the days ahead. Much love, Christi Wright

  39. Mary Jo, Sorry to hear about Larry. He was always so delightful and humerous. You had been blessed to have such a wonderful husband. May this sorrowful time allow you to reflect upon all the joy that you once shared with Larry. Take good care of yourself. God Bless.. Diana Graham Rabbers

  40. Mary Jo, Tom & family- I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Larry. Know that I have been praying for you all for weeks now when I first heard of Larry’s illness. I know how much he will be missed by all of us in the Mary Kay world and of course by you & your family. I continue to send out prayers for your comfort & support. With Love, Karen Garcia unit member of Vicki Hunter & adoptee of Kathy Rebmann

  41. MaryJo, you mean so much to us. We have no words, other then we are so sorry and we love you. Larry meant so much to us. Frank knew that whenever he needed some advice, he could pick up the phone and call Larry, even with non-MK issues. When we learned of his passing, we became deeply saddened within our spirit. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do for you. Our prayers are with you. You are an amazing, amazing person. With much love and condolences,

  42. Mary Jo, We are praying for you and for your family. We loved Larry so much, his warm spirit, his kind words, his dedication to Mary Kay as a husband, and his love for you, will always be remembered. Larry was very special, and we are all very blessed to have known him. You are in our thoughts and prayers, we love you Mary Jo and we are here for you always. Glenn and Kelly McCarroll

  43. Mary Jo, At times like these there just are no words to express the emotions felt. But, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers every day. If there is any way we can help, we are always available to talk or to visit. Just say the word. It gave both of us comfort when we lost our spouses to know that they are now in a better place with our Creator. We both believe that we now have a “special angel” to be with us the rest of our days on this earth until we can again be united. And, we believe that is the case with you and Larry also. Hold onto all of your beautiful memories together. We love you! Paul and Jeanine (Sharpe) Guccione

  44. Mary Jo, I’m so glad I was able to meet Larry, he always made me smile! My love & prayers are with you during this time! Please call me to do WHATEVER is needed to help ANYTIME! Your Adoptee, Alisa

  45. Mary Jo & Family: So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. You are in my prayers during this difficult time. I still use my Mary Kay goodies. Mary Gibbs, a friend from the ‘old’ Hughes days.

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