Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Larry Lendell Garland

Born: 7/5/1946

Died: 1/31/2009

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Larry Lendell Garland passed away January 31, 2009. He was born July 5, 1946, in Bakersfield, California, to Gilbert and Pauline Garland.

He was preceded in death by his mother; loving stepfather, Wesley H. Colquitt; brother, Joseph Wayne Garland; and his father.

Survivors include his three sisters, Eunice and Ernie White of Elfrida, Arizona, Chris and Cleo Brannon, Paula and Don Johnson, and brother, Gil and Janice Garland, all of Wasco; 14 nieces and nephews, 30 great-nieces and nephews, and three great-great-nieces, with one more due in June. Larry was a favorite uncle of all his nieces and nephews. He loved to tease and teach them funny things to show their parents and friends.

Larry graduated from Wasco High School in 1964 and started college in Long Beach when drafted by the Army and served in Vietnam. After discharge he worked for the Forestry Service, in food production in Oregon for 20 years and the last eight years has been an employee of Frito Lay. He was an avid non-fiction reader.

He loved his fantasy basketball, his many travels to different places around the world and his vegetable garden, which no one could match. Larry was proud of his Choctaw heritage and wore his Choctaw shirt with pride. He will be missed by his lifelong friends, Bill McDonald of Wasco, Tim Gilmer of Oregon and Mike Gilmer of Shafter. He also leaves behind all of his special working family at Frito Lay.