Lawrence (Larry) Holloran was born in Denver, CO on November 27, 1928 and passed away on July 24, 2018.
Larry lived and grew up in Dillon Montana and graduated in 1946 from Montana State Normal College (University of Montana State Western). He taught 6th grade at Montana’s State Orphan’s home in Twin Bridges and was a school principal in Forsyth.
In 1950, he attended the Radio and Engineering Technology Institute in Burbank, CA and received his radio telephone license in 1951. He worked at radio stations in Gallop and Fort Wingate New Mexico, Dillion, Butte, Miles City and Anaconda Montana, Williston North Dakota, Portland, Lincoln City, Newport and Toledo Oregon.
Larry met the love of his life, Freda Van Hoof Holloran and his loving wife of 67 years in Williston, ND and they were married in Sydney Montana in 1951.
Larry and Freda lived in Williston, ND and moved to Gallop, NM in 1952 where their first daughter Cassandra was born while Larry worked at the local radio station and Fort Wingate. The family moved to Dillon MT and then to Butte MT in 1954 where their second daughter Kimmarie and first son, Leonard Matthew were born while Larry worked in radio stations doing many different tasks, held numerous responsibilities including Radio Station Manager in Anaconda MT and working at Butte’s KOPR television. In 1956 the family moved to Portland OR and Larry continued working in radio, television and sales work in the area and their third daughter, Denakaye was born. In 1964, the family moved to the Iris Inn Ranch in Wecoma, OR (now part of Lincoln City, OR) where Larry’s second son, Lawrence Paul was born. Larry worked for radio stations in Lincoln City, KBCH, Newport, KNPT and Toledo, KTDO. In 1974-1978 Larry worked for the Oregon Coast Association helping to create and sustain a coastal publication to promote tourism and visitors to the Oregon Coast. The family lived in Depoe Bay and Larry, Freda and Paul moved to Cutler City in 1978. In 1990, Larry got a real estate license and he worked for Coast Properties and Development and then became a Real Estate Broker and worked at Pete Anderson Real Estate until he retired in 2009.
One of his projects after he retired was writing a memory book of his life and experiences and sharing this information with his family. A greatly treasured collection of history, thoughts, memories and stories for his family.
Larry loved reading and his passion drove his desire to be a teacher and while living in Lincoln City, found no local library. As a way to bring a library to the community, during the school year of 1964-65 Larry held the first meeting with other community members to begin forming the library. With donations of books (Books for Bucks) and materials for shelves, the first library was named The Driftwood Communities Library and opened in 1968 in Oceanlake. In the ensuing years the library was located in several areas in Lincoln City and is now located at the city hall building and is known as one of the best libraries in the state.
After several years of battle with lung and heart disease, during which he continued to travel with family and attend family events, the last of which was a Family Birthday Graduation party in June of this year, Larry passed away peacefully with his beloved wife Freda at this side on July 24, 2018 at his home in Cutler City where he had lived since 1978.
Larry was an active community member and was involved with the Kiwanis, Lions, and Optimist Clubs and participated in numerous civic projects. Larry made many contributions to the community throughout his years living in Lincoln City and Lincoln County.
Larry is survived by his 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren as well as their husbands and wives. All of whom have great memories of family times with Larry and Freda and each other.
He will be missed.
A Family and Community Memorial is planned for October 2018. Date and location will be announced.