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Lawrence Edward Kapoun Memorial
Lawrence Edward Kapoun Memorial

Lawrence Edward Kapoun

Lawrence Edward Kapoun

Monday, November 13th, 2023

Lawrence Edward Kapoun , better known as Larry, passed away at home in Arlington, Washington November 13, 2023.  He was born August 18, 1946, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the first son of Frank and Cecilia Kapoun.

After Larry graduated from White Bear Lake High School, he enlisted in the US Navy and proudly served aboard the USS Suribachi as an electrician during the Vietnam era.  Upon discharge, he began his career in the elevator trade, working with Otis Elevator, mainly in the Tampa Bay/Clearwater Florida area.  In early 1984, he met the girl who would become his wife and soulmate.  Larry and Nadine (Locke) were married in July 1986 at St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, Tarpon Springs, FL.  For 18 years, they served together as ministers of the Eucharist in that parish.  In 2005, Larry retired from Otis Elevator with 40 years of union service, a member of the IUEC Local 74.  Upon retirement, Larry and Nadine moved cross country to settle in Arlington, WA to be near family.  There they became members of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Arlington, and Larry became a 3rd Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus.  Larry devoted his retirement to serving the church, his family, and community.  He also enjoyed woodworking and was known as “Chair Man of the Board” for the hundreds of cedar Adirondack chairs he hand crafted.  Most of these chairs were made and donated to various community charities for auction items.  In late 2017, Larry was diagnosed with Stage 4 Prostate Cancer and began treatment in 2018.  He fought this battle knowing that he had a terminal disease, so endured every possible treatment and clinical trial available with the hope that he could help the physicians and researchers find the keys to help and perhaps cure others.  Larry’s cancer battle has come to an end and one of his wishes was to share the reminder to all men: know your body and know your PSA to promote early detection of prostate cancer.

Larry leaves behind his wife, Nadine: step son, Mike (Nancy) Sexton; granddaughter, Mikayla (the treasure of Papa’s heart).  Additionally, he leaves siblings, Charlotte Kapoun, Elizabeth Caron, Joseph (Kathy) Kapoun and Josie Proulx.  He also leaves many loving nieces and nephews and their families.  Larry also leaves behind his Brothers of the Knights of Columbus and Brothers of the IUEC Local 74.  Larry was a devoted friend and helper to all.

Larry now journeys to heaven to join his parents; oldest sister, Collette; several aunts, uncles, cousins, other family members, friends and adopted daughter, Jennifer.

We would like to thank Dr. Kojouri and his team at the Skagit Regional Cancer Center, Dr. Jessica Hawley and teams at the Fred Hutch Cancer Center in Seattle.  Each of you helped us along this journey with true compassion, professionalism, and understanding.  Additionally, thank you to his caring team from Hospice Northwest.  Finally, thank you to Fr. Ramon Santa Cruz and Fr. Tyler Johnson for being at our side every step of the way.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in early 2024 at Immaculate Conception Church, 1200 East 5th Street, Arlington, WA.  Watch for the date to be announced. Please share your memories of Larry and sign the online guest register.


  • Philip O'Loane

    We are so sorry for your loss. Larry certainly fought the good fight and will be missed by all of us.

  • John Spinella

    Larry was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and I’m both lucky and honored to have worked with him at Otis. We have lost a great man and he will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace Brother.

  • Linda and Kraig Myrick

    Our friend is missed already. Larry fought the battle with his usual smile and positive attitude. A life well lived ♡♡♡♡

  • Millie (Hoke) Federico

    I am so sorry to read this Nadine…I wish we were closer so I could hug you…

  • Jim Kapoun

    Heaven has called back an angel !
    From those cold days ice fishing on White Bear Lake with our fathers and hoping to catch “the big one” I will always remember your warm smile and wonderful voice of faith.
    Well done good and faithful servant!
    Jim Kapoun

  • wendy orr

    Nadine and family,
    I am praying for you. I will miss Larry’s smile and kindness I saw when he and Nadine came through my checkout line. I met them on a personal level around the time he was diagnosed. He NEVER complained while fighting this disease in my presence. I fact I was relieved when they were in my line! the best example of a patient and pleasant customer. R.I.P. Larry you are forever in my heart!

  • Ralph and Sue Cobb

    We have enjoyed being neighbors of Larry and Nadine! Soon after we moved here in 2013, Larry let us know he was willing and available to help us out when we had questions about our new community, and was happy to share his extensive knowledge and expertise with several household fix-it projects. We will miss his smiling face!

  • Leslie Griffin Ide

    We are so blessed to call Larry & Nadine our godparents after sponsoring us into the Catholic church. He will be remembered for his unselfish giving to his community & neighbors and most of all his dedication to church & family. God received his angel yesterday 💓