Larry Lee Legler died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at his home in Sheridan, Wyo., after a courageous, but grueling fight against pancreatic cancer. He was 64.
Larry was born May 6, 1947, in Hayden, to Craig natives Fred Davis Legler and Maxine Deakins Legler.
Larry attended the Linch, Wyo., elementary school through eighth grade and was a student at Midwest High School before the family relocated in 1962 to Cody, Wyo.
A Life Scout, Larry was also involved in football, wrestling and rodeo during his high school years. He graduated from Cody High School in 1965, and earned a degree in mathematics from the University of Wyoming.
Larry married Nancy Klein in 1969 in Glenrock, Wyo., then began his teaching career at Riverton Junior High School.
After teaching for a few years, Larry joined Brush and Sons Construction in Riverton.
During their 15 years in Riverton, the couple had four sons.
In 1987, the family moved to Prescott, Ariz., where Larry continued to work in construction before returning to the education field. He taught math and coached wrestling and football at Mile High Middle School for 15 years, retiring in 2007.
Larry married Mary Margaret Valentine at the home of his mother in Cody on March 25, 1998. They had two sons who Larry loved teaching to hunt, fish, and play sports.
In the summer of 2010, Larry was able to move his family back to Wyoming, a dream come true to return to Wyoming’s people, land and wildlife.
Larry was an assistant scoutmaster for several years during which time he backpacked in and out of the Grand Canyon. He was an avid outdoor adventurer and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping in the rugged environments of Arizona and Wyoming.
Larry was an inspiration and role model. He was always 100-percent devoted to children and their development, and to helping those around him. He started coaching youth soccer and baseball in 1981 and continued coaching a variety of sports up until the last couple of months of his life, including assisting the Sheridan High School wrestling team.
His legacy will continue not only through his children and grandchildren, but also through the many children and adults whose lives he touched.
Larry is survived by his wife, Mary; sons Todd (Courtney), of Cody, Wyo.,Travis (Carmen), of Sunburst, Mont., Timothy (Kelly) and Tyson (Jennifer), of Prescott Valley, Ariz., and Gabriel and Matthew, of the family home; sisters Patricia Bronnenberg, of Cody, Wyo., and Jennet (Pat) Ballinger, of Dubois, Wyo.; brother Fred “Fritz” (Sue) Legler, of Powell, Wyo.; special cousin Janette Reihm, of Cortez; and sister-in-law Patti Simpson Legler, of Casper, Wyo.
Also surviving are nine grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, including Bob and Tom Deakins, of Craig.
Larry was preceded in death by his brother, Glen, on March 12, 2011, and his grandparents, parents and a brother-in-law.
A memorial mass took place Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Sheridan, Wyo., with Father James Heiser officiating and Larry’s six sons participating in the service.
The family will appreciate memorial donations to Holy Name Catholic School, 121 Connor St., Sheridan, WY 82801 for student scholarships.