Larry Dean Saldivar, 57, a lifelong Sedro-Woolley resident, passed away on March 17, 2017 at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.
Not only did our family lose a husband, son, dad, brother and uncle–the UW Huskies lost their biggest fan. Always clad in the purple and gold, Larry loved baseball, (he trained to be a professional umpire at the prestigious Harry Wendlestedt Umpire School), football and one of his greatest joys was watching the Huskies play. He was a star S-W Cub football and baseball player himself and was looking forward to coaching his sons before illness took the big guy down.
He also was known for his love of kids. He started his own family later in life but he was THAT uncle to Jerimy, Dustin, Heather, Matt, Melissa, Jared and Haylee. His first child, Brooke, he scraped all the money he had to his name to adopt and when asked ‘why?’ he said “I need her to know that someone cares”. He was then blessed with five more children; Larry Jr., Lexi, Alex, Hayden and Thomas.
His greatest joys were taking trips to Idaho to visit his much-loved mother-in-law, Margaret Walton, and spending countless evenings, Sundays and summers with his wife Stacie, and his lovely children at His Place Church working in the many camps and children’s activities. Studio A on Wednesday nights was a family favorite. Larry was also a “mom and daddy’s boy” in the best sense. He always stayed close by and a week wouldn’t go by where he didn’t go see his parents. He had a deep love and respect for his family and they for him. A special thanks to his sister Deb who was there when needed, his many His Place Church friends who helped with kids, well-wishes, food and support as well as the nurses at his beloved U of W Medical Center where he spent the last week of his life.
He is survived by his wife who was the light of his life and who will miss him more than any will know, Stacie; his six children (mentioned above). His parents, Virgina and Manuel Saldivar, Sr. of Sedro-Woolley; his brothers, Manuel Jr., and wife Sheri of Mount Vernon, Rick and Karen of Sedro-Woolley, and Arthur of Sedro-Woolley; sister Debra of Mount Vernon as well as his nephews and nieces (listed above) and many grand nephews, nieces, cousins and extended family.
A Memorial Service will be held at His Place Church in Burlington on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 1:00 PM followed by a potluck fellowship. The family requests that purple and gold be worn in his honor. In lieu of flowers consider donating to His Place Children’s Church. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.