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Larry Ralph Lowe

July 27, 1939 — October 31, 2023

Larry R. Lowe, loving husband and father, passed away peacefully on October 31, 2023, in Pocatello, Idaho. Although diagnosed with Alzheimer's years prior, Larry's memory of his family and the love they shared remained strong until his passing.


Larry was born on July 27, 1939, in Buhl, Idaho to Bessie and Marion Lowe. Growing up in a loving home fostered Larry’s caring and outgoing nature which led him to participate in many activities such as Boy Scouts and school sports, including basketball and track, school clubs and church activities. Larry was passionate about the outdoors and spent countless hours exploring the countryside around Buhl and hunting for arrowheads along the Snake River.


After graduating from Buhl High School with the Class of ‘57, Larry attended The College of Idaho in Caldwell.  However, in 1958, Larry’s love of country compelled him to enlist in the U.S. Army. During his 3-years of service, Larry earned the honor of becoming a Screaming Eagles paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division, attained the rank of sergeant, and served 1 year overseas in Heilbronn, Germany. Larry would later share with his family many exciting memories of parachuting out of airplanes and touring Europe while on leave. He was honorably discharged at the conclusion of his service.


Larry returned to The College of Idaho, met his sweetheart, Patricia Nichols, and the two married on graduation day, June 5, 1965. The couple soon relocated to Loomis, California, where they purchased 3 acres and built the house they would call home for the next 55 years. With a passion for teaching, Larry earned two master’s degrees, school counseling and educational administration, and he taught and mentored elementary students for 34 years.


Outside of the classroom, Larry was an outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed many outdoor experiences.  He planted a large garden where he spent countless hours growing fruits and vegetables and delivering them to neighbors and friends.  Larry brought his small-town heritage from Idaho to his home in California where he introduced his love of animals to his family by raising many animals, which was a great source of happiness and fond memories for his family.  Spending time with his children, such as teaching his daughter to ride her horse and play softball and teaching his son to fish and camp, was one of the greatest joys of Larry’s life. Another favorite activity of Larry’s was hiking.  For decades, he explored the deserts of Arizona and hiked the Sierra Nevada foothills and along the American River in California, finding many of the gold rush mines and camps.


Larry was very much loved by his family and friends and will be dearly missed. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Lowe, his mother-in-law, Nadyne Nichols, his son, Trace (Jacqueline) Lowe, his daughter, Tricia Lowe (Rod Poe), his sister, Geraldine Hyder, and 10 grandchildren and was preceded in passing by his brother, Ronald Lowe. 


There will be a memorial service at West End Cemetery in his hometown of Buhl which held a special place in his heart. The service will include the U.S. Army Honor Guard and a service by Magic Valley Baptist Church. The date, planned for spring, will be provided as details become available.


Family and friends of the Lowe family are invited to attend the graveside service for Larry R. Lowe, which will be held at West End Cemetery in Buhl, Idaho, on June 8, 2024, at 1 p.m. The service will include Military Funeral Honors.


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