Lawrence "Larry" Michael Spies April 4, 1949 - December 8, 2017 (Age 68) Lawrence "Larry" Spies had a laugh that echoed through every room he entered - imitated by many, mastered by none. His contagious laughter was but one indication of the warmth, love and tender soul of a man dedicated to his family, to living life in its greatest simplicity and offering his uncluttered wisdom to those he coached, mentored and fathered. Larry didn't like suits. He wore his shirts untucked. He was a man who knew the strength of his own hands and spent his life building the homes his family still live in, the playgrounds his grandchildren climb on and the "mancaves" that served as workshops for his future projects. Larry Spies never faltered in prioritizing his life around what was the most important: Family. He was never complicated by money or ambition and grounded his life in building two things: a beautiful family and the roofs that cover their heads. He chose his words thoughtfully. He timed his jokes perfectly. He was a kind and loving soul. Larry was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 4, 1949 to Helen and Fred Spies. Several years after Fred returned from the war, the family decided to move to California. There, Larry grew up with and is survived by 5 brothers and sisters. Larry graduated from Mater Dei High School, class of 67'. He also completed his AA degree from Fullerton College. He spent his career in construction, crafting buildings and homes - inspired as a carpenter by the God he loved. Larry was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War in 1969. Together with his father Fred and his son Jake, Larry's family dedicated 3 generations of proud service in the US Armed Forces. Shortly after his return from service, he found himself the object of a secret admirer. Sending See's Candy to tempt his heart, the girl next door, Linda Farish, soon became his wife of 42 years. Larry and Linda had 4 children: Teri, Stephanie, Jake and Brian. Living in Anaheim down the street from their family homes, they decided it was time for a change. The pioneers finally settled on Lotus, CA, bought 10 acres of land and picked the spot with the best view of the river. It was there Larry built, lived and died in the home he loved. Larry was known to many as "Coach." He led softball, basketball and football teams with an emphasis on team values, hard work and character. He also played basketball and golf and was a dedicated Notre Dame football and UCLA basketball fan. He spent his free time on the river, kayaking, rafting and guiding. He knew every corner, every rock and every bump - and was always ready for the ride, letting the water guide him to his next adventure. Larry was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, Godfather, and friend. He is survived by his wife Linda, his children, Teri, Stephanie, and Brian, and his 8 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his son Jake. In memory of Larry's son Jake, and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. (AFSP.org) "See you on the river, Larry!"