One of the really great things about participation in sports is the lifelong friendships that develop. I never tire of looking back at the great times with the Morgan brothers, Don and Leon, John Fraser, Ray Young, Jordan Kekery, Joe Matocha and many others, but one, always stands out. That one was Larry Holcomb.
Larry was a 1951 Warrior graduate that excelled in both football and track. Larry’s name appears on the old warrior blanket as the 1951 outstanding football player, but he was much more than an athlete. Larry was a total ball of energy and enthusiasm in whatever he did.
Sports only took up part of Larry’s interest, as he was involved in all phases of student body offices including student body president in his senior year. After graduation Larry enlisted for a three year tour in the army.
When he completed his tour in the service he first started college in Texas. That was too far from home so he returned and enrolled at Humboldt State. There he received his degree in psychology with an emphasis on the use of hypnosis to overcome various types of problems.
To further his education he enrolled at the University of Oregon in their doctoral program and earned his Doctorate in Psychology. His emphasis there was the use of hypnosis to overcome various types of learning disorders. Larry then spent time in education as a school psychologist and as a school administrator.
Larry was one that liked to try different things and at different times had private practices where he used his training in hypnosis to help people overcome various addictions. With all his academic training I think he was most happy in the outdoor activities. He was most happy when fishing or working as a river guide.
Larry lived with my family during his senior year and there is one story I have to tell. Before the mill was built on Dead Lake, there were a lot of jumbo bullfrogs there. Larry, my brother Frank and I used to go there and catch them so my mom could fix frog legs for dinner. One time we caught several of them, put them in a grain sack and took them home. We put the sack in the kitchen sink, fully intending to get them cleaned right away, but somehow we got side tracked.
We didn’t get the job done before mom came home from work. She went to the sink turned on the cold water to get a drink and frogs jumped every which way. We were in big trouble. We never made that mistake again.
Larry is well remembered by all his teammates as a very colorful Warrior in the Warrior family. When Larry is around tales are never-ending. There are three wonderful grown children in the Holcomb family: Ginger, Laurie and Grand. They are kids that I fondly remember when they were little.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.