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Larry Vocate

On August 31, 2017, Larry left us to fish in calmer oceans, to hunt and fish in pristine wilderness. He will join his mom Ruth, his dad Art, his second and favorite fishing buddy Uncle Bob, and esteemed family members and friends.
Larry was born in Denver on January 7, 1952. At a very early age, Larry was exposed to "fisher's syndrome." He then began his life quest to "catch them all." After 65 years of executing the mission, Larry had respected and honored over 130 different species. Larry graduated from Lakewood High School in 1970. Larry then served our country in Vietnam as a gunner aboard the USS Knox. After his discharge, Larry continued his careers in taxidermy, woodworking and art. In the early 80's, Larry and Janet opened a taxidermy shop, Custom Fish Ltd.
In 1979, Larry met Janet. She too was exposed to and contracted "Fisher's Syndrome." The condition spread rapidly. Janet decided the quest was true on June 7, 1983; they eloped. Continuing the quest in 2014, Larry and Janet renewed their vows off the Keys in a fishing boat names "Catch em All."
Larry and Janet became frustrated with the big city life and moved to Summit County in 1987. Larry honed his talents as a carpenter, woodworker, artist, and "teacher of Indian tricks." In 1993, Larry and Janet moved to Kremmling. Larry ended his working career at Snow Mountain Ranch as lead carpenter and the guy to call when unique problems needed solving. Larry applied his talents and unique artistic imagination to many tasks. He designed and built many things, alters, amphitheaters, bunk beds, crosses, and, and, and. Many of his unusual signs have been and will be admired by thousands of guests, volunteers and employees at the ranch.
We are honored and a bit overwhelmed by thoughts, prayers, support and desire from all of you to help us out in our hard time. If you wish, donations to VFW Auxiliary, Post #9374 will be appreciated by many.

Service Details

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 2:00pm, Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA of the Rockies

Additional Service Info

A Memorial and Kick-ass wing ding will be held at the time to be determined.

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I knew Larry during the Vanning part of his life, its been a while since we talked.
Larry left behind impressions in the vanning community that occasionally are still the topic around the camp fire, he will not be forgotten!
Janet & family, Your soul will eventually find peace and comfort, until then please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.

Mike & Anita Rakestraw Sep 19 2017 12:00 AM

Well what to say! As a child I remember loving when uncle Larry and aunt Janet would come back to iowa. We had the most fun and i always thought he was the "coolest" around, no one had an uncle like our uncle Larry! The times we went to Colorado were always so magical and beautiful!
So many memories I can't even begin to start, but one sticks with me often...Every time I am driving and come up behind a slow driver, in my head I always always hear his voice "it's the skinny pedal on the right" 😉 Times will not be the same without him here in his human form but boy oh boy is he accomplishing so much in the beautiful spiritual world!
Aunt Janet...my heart has been crying for you, you guys were definitely an amazing role model for absolute true love and devotion! The love you to share is one in a million. Hold it dear and be grateful. I love you both to the moon and back!!

Heather Weeks Sep 12 2017 12:00 AM

Janet I am so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers

Teri Iezek Sep 12 2017 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss, Larry was a good friend. He had a unique sense of humor.

Erik & Nancy Colard Sep 11 2017 12:00 AM

Where can you even begin when remembering a man like Larry? Would you say he was one of the funniest guys you had ever met, one of the most caring, the best fisherman or hunter, the best uncle, husband, brother? To me he was all of the above. He was an amazing man who would always bring a smile to your face. He touched the lives of everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him in so many ways. For me personally, I've always looked up to Larry. He was bigger than life but down to earth. Everyone was drawn to him. I will truly miss you more than you will ever know, and I hope the fish are biting in heaven.

Tommy Iezek Sep 10 2017 12:00 AM

Where to start ! Larry was a truly amazing one of a kind guy and was loved by whom ever met him and was the best friend and love of her life to our sister Janet. We will never forget the great times we had in Colorado on our visits and also the trips you both made to Iowa that was the highlight of the year when it happened and we sure did party. We have had some truly special amazing times. Larry we are going to miss you so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with all Janet, Gary, Patty and all of Larry's amazing friends and family

Larry & Nancy Sep 9 2017 12:00 AM

Larry, you were my friend for 40 years. I'll miss you, and I'll sure never be aqble to forget you.

Nick Fitzsimmons Sep 9 2017 12:00 AM

Where to begin, THANK YOU Larry. You had the patience to put up with funny talking Boston city boy who knew nothing about the mountains, and taught me much about how special the Rockies are. As he would always quote del from Jeremiah Johnson " the alps is mere hills" and just laugh. Thank you for introducing me to my wife ( no really, thanks) and for being my best man. Thank you for being my one of my best friends and a brother. The things you taught me and the times we had together will last forever, and that is the greatest gift. . Janet,thank you for always being the best, your friendship is a lifesaver. You guys looked out for me when I needed it most. It was always nice to know that I had a port in the storm. . Janet, Gary, Patti, and the rest of Larry's family: I hope you can go through this time with peace and much love from family and friends, Love you all

Roger, Denise, and Madeline Sharpe Sep 9 2017 12:00 AM

That will teach them

When I met Larry I was just a little Punk 20-something year old kid. He always treated me like an equal didn't talk down to me when I didn't know much. I rememberone day I was in a snowball fight with some of the 8 crew guys, they were hidding around the corner of the shop. Larry was watching and started giving me caordanance the second ball I threw after Larry's directions hit one of them right in the head. Larry started going crazy, he said "that will teach you to mess with a couple gunners"

Jake Cowen Sep 8 2017 12:00 AM

Janet "mom" Ruth held it all together when I came to photograph her memories for you all before her leaving us. She held it together until she spoke of her wedding ring and passing it onto you- Not only had she shared one of her most precious sons with you but now she was leaving her treasure from Art. None of us will ever know why she chose Larry to be with them this early in his life- but I hope you will always know how happy you made him and her too! I am sure if ever anyone could speak from the other side- you will be hearing from him. Wishing you many happy memories. xox

Linda Foster Sep 8 2017 12:00 AM

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