Larry Eastman and furry friend (Photo courtesy John Eastman)
Larry Eastman, a resident of Mammoth Lakes since 1974, passed away from cancer on Feb. 3 at his sister Judy’s home in Orange, Calif. Born in Whittier, Calif., Larry attended schools in West Covina. From 1969 to 1974, he studied to be a Forest Ranger at Humboldt State College.
Referred to as “Chef Larenzo,” Larry worked as a cook at Whiskey Creek Restaurant during the mid 1970s. Thereafter, Larry spent 8 years as a Wilderness Ranger in Minaret and Beck canyons, as well as Cascade Valley.
He next spent 8 years working for our Mammoth Community Water District, and 4 years at the Shilo Inn in Mammoth. He finished his career working with his brother, John, doing snow removal and landscape maintenance at Snowcreek IV.
Larry was also well known for his horseshoe pitching prowess, having competed in several State Championship tournaments. In 2004, Larry won an award for “pitching” in the most tournaments that year – 45!
Larry Eastman was a quiet and unassuming individual, touching others with his kindness and sincerity. He loved being outdoors and especially enjoyed his nearly 40 years of living in the Eastern Sierra.
A celebration of Larry’s life will be held for his immediate family and friends in Mammoth sometime during the upcoming summer.