Obituary: Larry Wayne Holcomb (Feb. 9, 1933 – Jan. 29, 2012)

By Submitted February 14, 2012 01:21 am

Former resident Larry Wayne Holcomb, 78, died in Paradise, Calif., on January 29, 2012.

Larry was born in Los Angeles to Bonnie and Nina Holcomb on February 9, 1933. He graduated from Del Norte High School in 1951, attended University of New Mexico for a short time and enlisted in the Army. He was stationed in Bamburg, Germany, as a cook, where he developed a lifelong habit of cooking and enjoying great food.

After his stint in the service, Larry graduated from Humboldt State College and was employed first as a guidance counselor and then as school psychologist for Del Norte County Unified School District. He then completed his Doctorate in Education at University of Oregon and held positions at the University of Northern Colorado and at Humboldt State University. He was a longtime member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and helped many people to stop smoking, lose weight, and manage pain and stress. He served as superintendent of schools for Big Valley Joint Unified School District and as a teacher and counselor at Feather River College.

In the early 1970s, after over 20 years of research, Larry formed a corporation to search for and salvage the steamship Brother Jonathan which went down off the coast of Crescent City in 1865. Though he did not verify the location of the wreck, this enterprise afforded many exciting adventures and great storytelling opportunities for Larry, his friends and family.

Larry loved the water and boats. He was a Klamath River fishing guide for many years. He built the FV Windsong in his garage in the late 1960s. He fished on several different boats out of Ketchikan, Alaska, where he resided on a float house he designed and built with his own hands. Most recently, he lived at the edge of Lake Almanor, where he still made and shared his famous smoked salmon, a delicacy he knew was currency better than money.

He also enjoyed deer hunting, gold mining, anything Alaska, and contemplating his next adventure, which was to be counseling veterans in a Pets for Patriots program.

Larry is survived by his loving wife, Mickey and his three children, Ginger, Grant and Laurie. He was Papa Larry or Uncle Larry to an extensive and wonderful blended family consisting of sons- and daughters-in-law, six daughters by marriage, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ben D. Holcomb and Fred G. Holcomb.

A celebration of Larry’s life will be held each time those who knew him fondly remember their friendships and loving relationships and live their lives to the fullest!

If you would like to donate something in Larry’s memory, his family has two recommendations: one he was passionate about and one we are passionate about.

Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Ste. 300, Jacksonville, FL. 32256

Paradise Hospice House, 1289 Bille Rd, Paradise, CA  95969

— Submitted by Family