He was born in Huntington, Beach, Calif., on Feb. 5, 1923, the youngest of five children, to John and Ilea Perry. A celebration of life will be held at Perry’s Arena on Feb. 11 at 3 p.m.
He was raised in Arlingrton, Ariz., riding and roping. He graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1941. He attended Phoenix Junior College (now the University of Phoenix) where he played football. While in college, Larry enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and was stationed in Pensacola, Fla.
At the end of World War II, Larry came to the Rogue Valley where he met Dorothy May Stanley at a local Grange Hall dance. They were married Jan. 5, 1948 and have been attending dances together ever since.
After he and Dorothy married, Larry spent the rest of his days in the Eagle Point/ Lake Creek area. While raising his family Larry helped create the Lake Creek Ranchero 4-H Horse Club and actively competed in rodeo with his family. He became a fixture in the area working for several local ranches. Larry also spent many years working for Steve Wilson Logging, Jackson County weed control and driving a rural milk truck route.
With his love for rodeo and team roping, Larry and his family founded Perry’s Arena in 1971. For the last 40 years Perry’s Arena has hosted western horse events from team penning to horse shows, with team roping as a main focus.
Larry is survived by his wife, Dorothy May Perry; his children, Thomas John (Donetta) Perry and Gail Marie Walch, and his grandchildren, Thomas James “Te Jay “ Perry, Misty Dawn Perry, Travis Carl (Samantha) and children Timber and Clayton.
Arrangements by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives.