n the car planning a new route back to Texas I received a call from my sister telling me that daddy had died.
Daddy had not been ill, my mother is on Hospice and we are in process of preparing our hearts for her death but daddy no, we expected him to be around helping to care for mother.
My father a very special man with lots of character told me over a year ago that he was planning on dying before our mother. I, of course did not like his comment and I told him. My comment-daddy, mother needs you why would you want to go first? His comment - if your mother goes first she would get to heaven, get busy and never look for me. If I go first I will look for her everyday. We know daddy is in heaven, horse saddled and keeping an eye out for mother, his partner and love of his life for 65 years.
I am very thankful for you.
I am very thankful for you.
Larry was born in Tucson, AZ on April 13, 1927. He spent the first 5 years on a farm in Southeast MO. At the age of 6 his family relocated to Tulsa. It was here that he found his passion in the rodeo, getting his start calf roping at the age of 13. Two years later he met the love of his life, Patricia Mitchell. After graduating from Tulsa Central H.S. and serving in the U.S. Navy, Larry enrolled at Oklahoma A&M College (OSU) in the fall of 1946. While at Oklahoma A&M he was a founding member of the school’s rodeo team. On September 6, 1947 he married Patsy. They were later blessed with three beautiful daughters. In 1967 Larry took over the family business, Dick Bardon’s Pawn Shop. Larry’s fondness of horses led him to participate in the American Quarter Horse Association, and Tulsa Round Up Club, as well as serving as Ring Steward at the Tulsa State Fair and the World Championship Quarter Horse Show. In 1986 he closed the doors of Dick Bardon’s to spend the rest of his time being a cowboy on his beloved 20 acres, “Therapy Hill”. Larry is survived by his loving wife Patsy, three daughters Judy (Don) Priebe, Kathleen (Rev. Robert) McElwaine, Laura Jean Faith; 7 grandchildren, 11 great-grand children and a multitude of extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Helen Skinner and son in-law Tom Faith. With a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face, Larry never met a stranger - ever being the gentleman’s gentleman. A memorial service celebrating Larry’s life will be held at 11:00am, Wednesday, November 7, at University Village. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be sent to University Village Trust (memo line “Employee Christmas Fund”), 8555 South Lewis, Tulsa, 74137. This obituary was published in the Tulsa World on 11/4/2012.
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Now it is time for me to get back to the business of living my life to the fullest without my dad in the picture, I am reflecting on what a large part of my art career daddy has been. I never did a painting with out planning the time I could show it to him and I often thought, would I continue painting when I could no longer share it with him? Well, now is the time that question will be answered.