1935 - December 24, 2008
Larry Hazelbaker, of Rifle, died Dec. 24, 2008 at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, after suffering a stroke and related medical complications. He was 73.
Larry was born April 26, 1935, near Meeker, to Joe Paul and Dorothy Elisabeth Warren Hazelbaker. He attended school in Meeker and graduated from Rio Blanco High School in 1953. He attended Mesa Junior College, later joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was trained as an electronics technician.
He later was employed by the RCA, General Electric Aerospace and Martin Marietta companies.
During his employment with these companies, he supervised satellite tracking system projects, including NASA's Mercury and Gemini Projects. He traveled extensively, but he spent much of his working time on the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific.
He retired from Martin Marietta in 1993 and then moved to the Rifle/New Castle area.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents and sister Peggy Ivie. He is survived by aunt Florence Barnard Hazelbaker; and cousins Conrad Hazelbaker, Beverly Prosence and Barbara Greeley. On his sister's side, Larry is survived by nephew Mark Ivie; brother-in-law Lenard Ivie; grand-nephews Chad Ivie, Bobbie Albretson, Jared Ivie and Joshua Ivie.
A celebration service will take place in the Meeker area in early June 2009 adjacent to the annual Rio Blanco Old Timer's Association meeting. Another notice of the celebration time and place will be placed in local newspapers before June.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Hazelbaker's name be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5843 at P. O. Box 825, Meeker, CO 81641. Arrangements are under the direction of Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.