Lawrence Henri “Larry” Arnold
May 07, 1949–Aug. 12, 2014
After a year of battling health issues, Larry passed away peacefully at age 65 surrounded by his family. At the age of 16, Larry was injured in a diving accident and confined to a wheelchair as a quadriplegic. Larry took the cards he was dealt and put into practice “play the cards you are dealt with the best of your ability.” That was the motto Larry came to live by.
Larry finished his high school education at West Linn and went on to graduate with his bachelor’s at Portland State. Not knowing what his job opportunities might be, he started looking in the accounting field. He was hired by Coral Construction and never looked back. He was with them for 43 years, worked his way up to vice president and made it one of the best known construction companies in the industry in Oregon. Larry retired in May 2014.
Larry is survived by his daughter, Gina Cobb; sisters, Linda Morgan and Sharon Kelley; and nephews and nieces, Doug Morgan, Dave Morgan, Rick Morgan, Marty Griffy, Annette Griffy, Mike Griffy, Kevin Arnold, Craig Arnold, Chris Arnold, David Kelley and Danise Kelley. All growing up, they played on their favorite uncle’s wheelchair. Larry was preceded in death by his sisters, Pat Griffy and Jeanette Arnold; brother, Dick Arnold; and parents, George and Cecilia Arnold. Larry lived alone after his divorce and was a very independent person. He had help for his personal care but drove himself to work every day in the special van provided by his company. Larry will be missed by his family and all who knew him. A service was held on August 19 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Oregon City.