LONG BEACH - Larry Walsh, 45, died Aug. 25, 2007, at his Long Beach residence following a valiant battle with cancer. The son of James and Juanita (Garret) Walsh, he was born Dec. 16, 1961, in Seattle. He grew up in nearby Bellevue where he also received his education.

Mr. Walsh joined the U.S. Army in 1980 and served three years active duty with the 15th Engineer Battalion. He also served the following three years with the Army Reserves. In 1982 he married Marie Decker. Later they divorced. Mr. Walsh worked as a commercial truck driver until his illness. Two years ago he moved to Long Beach. In October 2006 he married Shelly Gray.

Mr. Walsh was a member of Grace Family Fellowship in Seaview. He enjoyed cooking, playing cards and classic rock music. He was a student of military history, could fix literally anything and was very proud of his military service.

Survivors include his wife Shelly of Long Breach; son James Walsh of Long Beach; daughters Angela Gartner of Minnesota and Jacqueline Walsh of Montana; his parents James and Juanita Walsh of Bellevue; stepdaughters Emily and Elizabeth Ellars of Long Beach; a sister Loretta; two grandchildren and other members of his extended family.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 1, at Grace Family Fellowship in Seaview with a reception following. Those wishing may make memorial donations in his name to Grace Family Fellowship, P.O. Box 39, Seaview, WA 98644. Arrangements are by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea and Pacific Crematory, Long Beach.

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