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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On March 1, 2021 @ 9:06 am In Obituary | 12 Comments

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Lauro “Larry” Garcia Castro, beloved father, grandfather, and great grandfather died peacefully at home on February 19, 2021. Larry was the second oldest of 5 children born to Leandro and Carmen Castro on August 18, 1927 in Sunnyslope where he was raised in a citrus farm where he often worked as a young man. In the barrio where he grew up, La Vivora, Larry was known as a protector and hero. He had strength of character and always meant what he said. He was always looking over his many siblings and cousins.

Larry was not only a hero amongst family and friends. He served in the United States Army as a Master Sergeant in the Korean war from 1947-1954 with the 2nd Infantry Division out of Fort Lewis, Washington. At one point, he led his platoon into battle in an enemy attack saving his comrades. As a result, he earned a Purple Heart for his wounds and a Silver Star for his heroism.

Larry went on to work at APS and ultimately Southwest Gas. In a career that spanned 43 years, he started as an operator, worked his way up to foreman, and through hard work and determination became general foreman overseeing his department. He enjoyed his career there and up until his last years continued to enjoy monthly meetings with his former colleagues.

Larry’ passions included watching any AZ sports – he loved football and cheering on the Cardinals and Sun Devils. He was an avid reader who was always up to date on current events and enjoyed watching the news. He loved old western movies and books. But his truest passion was family. He was his happiest at large family gatherings and his presence will be sorely missed.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents Leandro and Carmen Castro and all of his siblings (Manuel, Domingo, Gilberto, and Tita). He was also preceded in death by the love of his life Juanita “Jenny” Castro with whom he was married 61 years at her passing in 2013. He was so proud of the family they created together.

He is survived by his children Carlos Castro (Peggy), Laura Castro (Stephan Adams), and Rosalia Mahoe (Robert), his grandchildren Kimberly Sowinski (Jared), Angela Bautista (BJ), and Kiliki Mahoe (Tammy), and his great grandchildren Aimee & Jayden Bautista, Cruz and Colton Mahoe, and Skyler Sowinski. He will lovingly be remembered from countless cousins and friends whose lives he touched.

Due to the pandemic, the service will be private. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

Condolences for the family of “CASTRO, LAURO “LARRY” GARCIA”

Condolence from Lee Magee on March 1st, 2021 10:59 am

I will remember Larry as good fine man, and a good person to work for, when I would have trouble welding, he would say calm down Lee you will get it. I will surely miss him.

Condolence from Dr ARUN S PATIL on March 1st, 2021 11:18 am

I was fortunate to be the physician to this great patriot who served our nation so honorably. I also took care of his beloved wife.
He had a infectious smile and wink in his eye and was so calm, composed and never complained about anything.
He was a remarkable man to remember and a life to celebrate. He had a very loving and caring family around him all the time.
I will sorely miss him. He lived a such full life and thank Lord he passed so peacefully.
My heartfelt condolences to the family. May his soul rest in eternal peace and Lord almighty bestow strength and courage for the bereaved family.

Condolence from Calvin Ray McCowin on March 1st, 2021 6:40 pm

I work with Larry a long time at APS, good teacher, cared about his worker ,treated everybody with RESPECT REST IN PIECE ,surely be MISS.

Condolence from Maggie Udave on March 2nd, 2021 6:44 am

Tio Larry was an an amazing man, kind and loving . He was always there to help you celebrate your milestone. Always enjoyed going to see him and sit and watch sports with him. He will be missed but he had a blessed and wonderful life. Prayers for his children and grandchildren, the memories of his love will be with you forever.

Condolence from Reina, Serena and Valente Alvarez on March 2nd, 2021 9:11 am

We were blessed to have so many great memories of Larry. We enjoyed many bbq’s,parties, camping trips and weddings with this great man. He always shared his wonderful smile and laughter. I would sit for hours and listen to his stories and chat on any topic he would choose. Such an amazing human being that will be missed. Until we meet again. Sending love to his family and friends. I find peace that there is a huge party in Heaven where he is with his beloved friends, family and beautiful wife. RIP Handsome

Condolence from Terry Piske on March 2nd, 2021 10:39 am

I worked with Larry at APS and for him as my Supervisor at Southwest Gas. He was a very good man and he will be missed by a great many people.

Condolence from Manny Moreno on March 2nd, 2021 7:36 pm

Tio Larry a great gentleman that will be missed by many, it was a pleasure talking sports with you. Condolences to the family. The world has lost a great man and you truly left a person better than you found them. Rest In Peace tio.

Condolence from Martha Draper on March 3rd, 2021 2:35 pm

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Castor Family. I remember Lauro growing up as a little girl at family birthday parties enjoying his time with family and friends. Lauro was a good man and my husband and I respected him. We know how difficult these times are when you loose someone so close, but I believe that Juanita was probably waiting for him to be with him once again and join the other compadres waiting for him as well. God bless you all and may you cherish his memory in your hearts. Jim & Martha Draper

Condolence from Steve Durazo on March 4th, 2021 11:06 am

Sorry for you loss Rosie. My prayers are with you and family.

Condolence from La Tina King on March 4th, 2021 12:03 pm

Thinking and praying for you during your difficult times. May God’s comfort for you and your family.

Condolence from La Tina King on March 4th, 2021 12:29 pm

Thinking and praying God’s comfort during this difficult time for you and family. May you be able to count your blessing no matter what. May God bless you

Condolence from J Peralta on March 16th, 2021 6:36 pm

The heart is never ready, the time is never right to say goodbye to someone you love. May you and your family find comfort in all the special memories shared with your father. The stories you’ve shared with me over the years have always brought a smile and the love for your father was felt.

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