Lawrence "Larry" MannOctober 16, 1927 ~ June 8, 2017 (age 89)
Born in Ceres, CA October 16, 1927 to Christopher Ezekiel and Anna Laurie Curtice, Lawrence (Larry) Curtice Mann passed away the evening of June 8 at the age of 89.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Mann of Milwaukie, OR; children, Nicolette Allan of Beaverton, OR, Ericka Baltzer of Clinton Township, MI, Chris Mann (Donna) of Corvallis, OR, Kimberley Dunkle (Dale) of Castor, Alberta; grandchildren, Katie Mann, Alexis Allan, Lori Mann, Tyana Misiuda (Kevin), James Allan, Gregory Baltzer; and great-grandchildren, Jackson and Cora Misiuda; his brother, John Mann of Lodi, CA; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Larry attended Sacramento State, where he was on the Hornet's baseball team. While in school, he married Ruth Kizer in 1949, later graduating with a degree in Chemistry in 1950; a fact he would gladly remind you of if you dared ever use his periodic table coffee mug.
Baseball was a large part of Larry's life. While starting his young family, he played professionally for a number of Minor League teams, traveling all over, playing for Amarillo, Boise, Salem, and Stockton. He also managed Little League teams in Stockton for 10 years.
Larry wed Carol Nathan in 1977, later relocating to Milwaukie, OR. While he mainly worked in insurance and real estate, both he and Carol successfully ran a few laundromats for a number of years, taking them to conventions to “exotic” locales such as Chicago, New Orleans and St Louis. One key memory for a few of his grandchildren was getting to open the machines and collect all the dirty quarters into an old coffee can. It was like Vegas for a 10 year old.
Larry also officiated baseball, softball, basketball and volleyball. He was proud to have received recognition from the Amateur Softball Association for over 50 years of umpiring. He enjoyed tending his urban garden, cultivating tomatoes, potatoes, raspberries, blackberries, apples and peaches. Fresh, homemade peach ice cream on a warm summer's night was quite the treat to hit his sweet teeth.
Larry and Carol both loved to travel. They went on several river cruises throughout Europe, and loved traveling across the country to visit family as often as they could. Larry's family was also very blessed to all be taken on a cruise around the Caribbean for New Year's in 2010. This may have been made possible by his frugalness and ability to know where the cheapest apples and beefsteak tomatoes could be found in town and if Freddy's had a coupon for them.
Family was very important to Larry. He would do anything for them, even fix up your car for the umpteenth time in Larry's Garage. His rates were fair: carburetor adjustment, a Payday; radiator flush, a bag of Oreos; brake repair, 12 brownies.
He will be greatly missed.
Per Larry's request, in lieu of flowers:
50 NE 143rd Ave., Portland OR 97230