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Friday, April 1, 2011

A Gift for Larry


Larry D. Bateman 1962 ~ 2011 We are all very saddened by the passing of Larry D. Bateman on Saturday, March 26, 2011. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. He was born February 24, 1962 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Peggy Arlene Hodges and Jerry Glen Bacel. Larry graduated from Granite High School in 1980 and then proudly served his country as a US Marine. He was an excellent carpenter and enjoyed passing his knowledge onto others. He was blessed with many friends, some of whom he considered his family. Larry was a loving husband to Ellen Cleveland and a proud father to daughters Charity and Arianne and sons, Chaz and Trevor; grandfather to Kaleb, Sharese, Arabella and David ; brother to Doug and wife, Janet; uncle to Tawnya, Joshua and Natawsha; great nieces and nephews; and a wonderful son-in-law to Glena Cleveland. Larry is preceded in death by daughter, Cheala; mother and father, Robert and Peggy Jorgensen; daughter, Cheala; granddaughter, Kyla; grandmother, Viola Stiles. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 2, 2011, 12:00 noon at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road where a viewing will be, 11 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Graveside services will be held Monday, April 4, 2011, 10:00 a.m. at Utah Veterans Memorial Park, 17111 South Redwood Road, Bluffdale, Utah.

Published in Deseret News on April 1, 2011

I know this is a stitching blog, but I wanted to share with you some photos of what his friends are doing for his final resting place.

What you see here is brotherly love, the love of a friend who will truly be missed.  A dear friend of his, Sam, wanted to build him a casket, a casket made by loving hands of those that loved him as a brother, not only as a friend.

With this in mind, there were a handful of people who had the honor to create something beautiful from beginning to end to cradle Larry in.

Because Larry  was a master carpenter, Superintendent, it only seemed fitting that the working hands of those that loved him make him this beautiful "bed".

I don't have any final pictures of it yet.  The handles and brackets still need to be attached along with the pretty lining. But all in all how fabulous is this!

Larry was also known as the "Devil Dogg" aka "Tazmanian Devil" at least that was how he addressed himself as. I will miss working with him, talking with him and seeing his bubbly and fun sense of humor he possessed. May you rest in peace........


Lisa said...

Oh Jolene, what a precious tribute to a dear friend. I bet he is smiling down on you all. Great big hugs.

Lisa P in Ohio

Catherine said...


What an amazing piece of love. Hugs to you.

Jules said...

That is a gorgeous casket! What a fitting tribute his friends created.

Andrea said...

So sorry for your loss Jolene. Such a loving tribute.
I bet he knew how much he was loved.

SugarandSpice said...

When I saw this I started crying. I was at the park earlier and I looked up at the clouds and it was sunny, and beautiful, and quiet, and Larry's cute smiling face just kept popping into my mind. This was the first time I saw his obituary. He was so cute...I always loved Larry. Even when I was little.

Cathy Lloyd said...

Wow...he had fabulous friends! Thanks for posting! Hugs to you Jolene. I know you'll miss your friend!

Carolyn NC said...

Very sweet.