October 29, 1942 ~ July 10, 2009
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."
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