TORRINGTON – Memorial services for Lawrence “Larry” Dale Young,79, will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, at Riverside Church of Christ with Pastor Gary Flom officiating.
Larry died Sept. 7, 2020, at Community Hospital and cremation has taken place. Memorials may be given to the family.
The Colyer Funeral Home assisted the family with the cremation arrangements.
Larry was born Nov. 14, 1940, in Torrington. Larry was the quintessential cowboy, who followed the cowboy code and was admired by all who met him. He was an avid outdoorsman, which grew from his experience as a childhood sharpshooter, winning shooting competitions starting at 13. He participated in rodeos as a bareback bronc rider before his life-changing decision to serve his country.
In 1961, he joined the U.S. Army, where he served 20 years, retiring with the title of Sergeant First Class. During Larry’s military career he received a Soldier’s Medal for Heroism, the highest peacetime honor a soldier can receive.
A cultivated talent for auto racing was also sparked during this time. He traveled to many places through-out his time in the Army, but his most fond places were Germany where he loved the food, beer, and racing; and Alaska where he also raced and enjoyed the outdoor experience to the fullest.
After retiring from the Army in 1981 Larry moved back to his beloved Wyoming. He began his next career working for Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie, where he retired in 2006 as the Assistant Director of the Diesel Department. Larry decided to spend his retirement in his hometown of Torrington and stayed active, enjoying odd jobs, but spent as much of his time hunting and fishing as he could. Among his favorite activities was time with friends and family where he would, much of the time, be found visiting and sharing nostalgic memories.
Larry will be remembered as an honorable man, a hero, and roll model with a mischievous sense of humor that endeared those around him.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Young; of Lingle, seven children, 18 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, his mother, and two sisters.