Larry was born on September 21, 1957 in Bismarck, North Dakota along with a twin sister to Johnny Franklin and Lucille Ann (Ekwortzel) Lafferty. He was greeted with open arms by two brothers, Terry Lee and Johnny Ross, and later another brother, Jesse Franklin, which completed the family.
The family lived in many places, traveling to "where the work was" due to their dad's career as a welder. Each move was a new opportunity for Larry to explore and made friends where ever the family lived. The family finally settled in Casper, Wyoming, where summers were spent playing baseball with his brothers starting in Little League. Larry had a tremendous, natural talent for playing baseball.
Larry graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming, in the Bicentennial year of 1976. Larry's athletic ability and the love of baseball continued after high school with him playing for American Legion, which led him to Florida to play for the Cincinnati Reds, although the Atlanta Braves were very interested in Larry's ability to throw the ball hard, fast and with accuracy, along with his outstanding batting performance. Due to a traumatic leg injury, Larry's baseball career ended that chapter of his life and a new journey began. Larry was known as "one of the best out of Casper" in his era.
Larry chose to follow in his dad's footsteps as a welder. He quickly picked up this skill. As an independent contract welder in the oil and gas industry, he worked for various companies in Casper, Wyoming, but he never lost his love to travel. His welding expertise took him throughout the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. Larry settled in Denver, Colorado and started his own business, LAL Welding. As his business grew, Larry added a snow plow service.
He was extremely adventurous and excelled in whatever he tried. His outdoor activities included hunting with the family, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, skiing, and became a master of the grill when barbequing. You might even have caught him doing Karaoke singing "Rhinestone Cowboy." His Sundays were spent watching football. He was such an extreme fan of the Denver Broncos that he proudly displayed the Bronco emblem on his right arm.
Larry's life was enhanced the day he was blessed with the birth of his son, Logan Allan. No matter what Larry's work responsibilities were, above all, his priority was to his son, Logan. As a single parent, Larry stepped up to the plate to be "the best dad ever" as Logan would state. They were referred to as "best friends," and inseparable. Vacations with Logan included traveling across the United States, starting at Mt. Rushmore and then visiting every amusement park and sights on the way ending up in Chicago, and later in Texas, going to concerts, and even working together on jobs. One memorable trip was to the Grand Canyon when Logan was five years old. As Logan grew, the vacations became a part of their lives. Logan referred to his dad as "the hardest working man I know." One quote repeated to Logan was "Work to live and live to work." Later Larry was blessed again with two grandchildren.
Though he only weighted 4 pounds at birth, he became a mountain of a man. His large statue housed an even bigger heart, and was ready to help family, friends, or even a stranger. Larry had an outgoing nature and made friends wherever he went.
He is survived by his son, Logan Allen, two grandchildren, Irelynn Lucille and Logan Allen, Jr., three brothers, Terry (Cindi) of Grand Junction, Colorado, John of Casper, Wyoming, Jesse (Sherri) of Fruita, Colorado and his twin sister, Barbara Jo of Casper, Wyoming. His nephews included Johnny, Jarrid, Justin (LeRee) Lafferty, Billy Joe Mendoza and Chris Martin. His nieces include Toni (Jody Smith), Chandra and Ashley Lafferty, and Mandy Nicholson.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Lucille, sister-in-law Teri (Fife) Lafferty and nephews, Travis Joe Mendoza and Nikolas John Lafferty.
Larry's most memorial quote was "I've had a good life."
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home , 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.