It is with grief and a profound sense of loss that the family of Larry Holsonbake has gathered to mourn his passing on August 20, 2011 and to plan for the future as he would have asked us to do. Though we prayed for healing on this earth, it was not to be, and we realize that each of us has been left a legacy of kindness, concern for others, patience, and integrity which we will carry on and teach to our children. Our faith in God made it possible to see daily miracles as we all walked beside Larry on his difficult journey down an unfamiliar path while he so bravely battled cancer.
Larry found joy in the beauty of nature, the successes of his family, and the precious memories which our times together provided. His passion for teaching was evident by the fact that he was a life-long learner himself. He took the simplest moments to teach a lesson to his kids and grandkids. His favorite times were spent with his wife, children and grandchildren outdoors playing on the beach, exploring the tide pools, swimming, fishing, hunting, backpacking, gardening and of course taking care of his horses, dogs, and critters.
Larry was born in Tulare on June 19, 1942. He grew up and raised his family while farming and teaching in the area. Larry dedicated himself to every task he undertook; leading by example as he taught his children the value of hard work, compassion for others less fortunate, and gratitude for the gifts they have been given. A humble man, Larry would be astounded to know of the gap his death has left in our lives.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Bonnie Holsonbake, children Tracy and husband, Joel Gipson and granddaughter, Jillian of Kingsburg, Troy Holsonbake of Hanford and fiance Melissa Ann Delaney of Fresno, Goddaughter Holly and husband Paul Charpentier and grandchildren, Mallory, Connor, Maryn of Kingsburg; Anh and Hoa Truong of Visalia and granddaughter, Andrea; a sister, Margaret Gray of Idaho, brother, Darrel Northington and wife Candace of Washington, sister-in-law Lauren Byrne of Palm Desert; sister-in-law Toni and husband Patrick Gentry of Novato; nieces Debby Durham, Vicki Rollins, nephews Vernon Harmon, Brandon Hawes and wife Sarah, Michael Fraenkel; Brian Northington, Mark Northington, and Jeff Northington, 5 great nieces; Cheyenne Kuhn , Marianne Rollins, Megan Rollins, Taylor Lopez, Abigail Hawes and great nephews; Bobby Johnson, Alex Hawes, and Buddy Rollins.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Christ Anglican Church in Lemoore. In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to:
Christ Church 740 N. 19th Ave. Lemoore, Ca. 93245, or Reagan Elementary School Larry N. Holsonbake Leadership with Integrity Scholarship 1180 Diane Ave. Kingsburg, Ca. 93631