September 17, 1946 ~ September 18, 2007
Larry McEntee 61, a resident of Inglewood, passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at his home. He was born in Los Angeles on September 17, 1946. Larry was a US Marine twice serving in Vietnam during his active duty tour from 1963 to 1967. Upon his return home from active service, Larry re-introduced himself to his old interests that became his passions â€“ surfing, street racing and baseball. His pursuit of street racing led him to become a charter member and Vice President of the Brotherhood of Street Racers of America. He also developed into one of the Southlandâ€™s most dedicated baseball coaches beginning in the late 1960â€™s coaching his youngest brother. He went on to coach at several levels, which included Westchester Little League, Pony Colt, Babe Ruth and American Legion. In 1996 he was hired by Inglewood High School to coach their Varsity baseball team. In this capacity, Larry took a 0-12 team and in two years competed for the league title. Additionally, he developed a year-round baseball program that included the Wooden Bat League hosted at Inglewoodâ€™s Sentinel Field. The league initially began with eight teams from the South Bay area and by the time he retired in 2000, the league boasted a membership of 32 teams representing 4 counties playing at 4 different fields. It is now one of the major summer high school baseball leagues in Southern California. His involvement with Inglewoodâ€™s program directly led to a number of Inglewood players being scouted, recruited and drafted by major league teams. He also assisted his players in receiving scholarships to several colleges. After his formal retirement from coaching baseball, he continued his involvement with kids and athletics in Inglewood by maintaining all of the athletic fields in the Inglewood Unified School District. Whatever his endeavors, he always made time for his first love â€“ surfing. Larry always said there was no better joy than surfing his favorite waves, at Leo Carillo state beach in Malibu. He is survived by his loving Wife, Peggy McEntee, his children Chris McEntee, Danny McEntee (Roni), Kathy McEntee-Propst (Keith), Jimmy McEntee (April), Karen McEntee and Kelly McEntee; His brothers and sisters Tommy McEntee, Maureen Hetzel, Margaret-Anne Gonzales (Jerry) and Kevin McEntee; his grandchildren Danny, Emily, Michael, Nicholas, Jessica, Aaron and Allison; his most beloved aunt and godmother Edmee Emerson and numerous other aunt, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
A gathering of family & friends will be held at McCormick Inglewood Chapel on Friday, September 21, 2007 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. The funeral Mass will be held at Visitation Church on Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 11:00 A.M.
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