LAPLANT, LARRY- After a long battle with cancer, Larry Allen LaPlant, age 78, surrounded by his loving family, went to be with his Lord and Saviour on April 11,2018.
Larry was born December 29, 1939, in Rochester, Minnesota to Ruby Dugstad LaPlant and Charles LaPlant, who precededs him in death. Larry spent his childhood, developing a love for wildlife and the outdoors wandering the rivers, streams and woods around Waterloo, Iowa. This interest motivated him to pursue a degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Montana.
Larry paid his way through college working during the summers as a Forest Service Smokejumper in Missoula, Montana. He served two years in the Army stationed at Fort Rucker, Alabama where he initiated a Game Warden Program under the Military Police. While stationed at Fort Rucker, Larry met and married Betty his wife of 52 years. When discharged from the Army, he returned to Fort Rucker where he was employed as the installation Fish and Wildlife Biologist from 1966 to 1978. He was responsible for developing and implementing a fish and wildlife program and worked in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Auburn University. In 1971, he received the Alabama Wildlife Conservationist of the Year award.
Larry and his family moved to Roswell, New Mexico in 1978 where he started working for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as the District Wildlife Biologist. While working for the BLM, he became involved in the fire management program and worked various positions working on wildfires throughout the West and Canada. He retired from the BLM as a Multi-Resource Supervisor in 2000.
Larry is survived by his wife, Betty of Roswell, two daughters, Melissa Fox of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Melanie Ikard and her husband Elliott of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Garrett Fox, Chelsey Fox, Keegan Ikard, Addison Ikard and Gracie Ikard and great-grandson, Orion Fox.
A memorial service will be held 10:30 AM, Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel, Interment will be 12:00 PM, at South Park Cemetery with a reception at 1:00 PM.
I met Larry in 1983 when I started dating his daughter, Melissa. Over the next 35 years, I came to know and love a man who was driven, focused, who loved all things outdoors. I saw a man who could be very serious in one moment and hilarious in another. My sister introduced me to tennis, but Larry taught me to truly enjoy watching and playing it. That became our "thing", and everyone knew we were going to play any time we got together! Over the years, Larry and Betty were there for us, through the good times and the bad. I know without a shadow of a doubt that Larry truly loved his wife, girls, grandchildren and great-grandson; and I know that he knew Jesus as his Lord and Savior! I count myself lucky to have known Larry as a loving and caring father to me and my family. Finally, I know that Larry is now in a place that knows no suffering or pain, but only joy and peace!
Troy FoxRipton, VT
Larry was more than a best friend he was like a brother. We shared a lot of life experiences together and I will miss him greatly. I take comfort to know I will see my brother again.
Mac MCferrazRoswell, NM
Mr. LaPlant was always so kind and had a sweet, gentle spirit. My thoughts, prayers, and love are with his family.
Melissa Martin RichardsCastle Rock, CO
Our prayers are with you at this time of your sorrow. I worked with Larry at BLM, he was a very quiet person, always with a smile on his face.
Esperanza OteroRoswell, NM
I was blessed to have Larry as my uncle and have memories of him that will last a lifetime. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to my Aunt Betty and her family. Hugs and Love.
Kimberly Casey-SearcyAlabaster, AL
Larry & I were schoolmates in Junior and Senior high school graduating together in 1958 from East Waterloo High. He was a friend, buddy and like the brother I never had.. We spent the summer, after graduation, working in Idaho for the Clearwater Timber Protective Association and returned in the Fall to attend college at Iowa State Teachers College.
Lots of good memories....he will certainly be missed by all that knew him!
Norman GlawWaterloo, IA
I had the privilege of working with Larry many years ago. An outstanding guy. My condolences to the family.
Bill TaylorClovis, NM