Larry Spencer Doyle (sponsored obituary)
Larry Spencer Doyle
Captain Larry Spencer Doyle, USN, Ret., of Nevada City, took his final
flight on Sunday, June 29. He was 62. A celebration of his life will be held
at 11 a.m. on July 3rd at the Sierra Presbyterian Church in Nevada City. He
was a gracious husband, father, grandfather and friend who was always
willing and able to help.
Born in Hawthorne, Nevada in 1946, Larry was the only son of Edmond and Ruth
Doyle. Raised in Eureka, California, Larry was a member of the Eureka High
Class of 1964 and a Humboldt State University graduate. While there, he was
active in the Boy Scouts, theater, ran track, played banjo and rebuilt
classic cars. Subsequently, he earned two graduate degrees.
Larry joined the Navy in 1967, graduated flight training, earned his wings
of gold as a Naval Aviator, and was assigned as an instructor pilot in jet
trainers. Larry met the love of his life, Judy, while stationed in Meridian,
Mississippi and they were married in 1972. Larry was transferred to Lemoore,
California where he flew the A-7E Corsair II for sixteen years, including a
tour as Commanding Officer of VA-94, the Mighty Shrikes.
Under his leadership, the squadron received honors as the best attack
squadron in the Pacific Fleet. Larry later deployed to Saudi Arabia in
support of Operations DESERT STORM/DESERT SHIELD. He retired from his
military career after 27 years with 5300+ accident-free flight hours in
eleven different aircraft. He earned the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star
and Defense Meritorious Service Medal, among other awards and decorations.
After retiring from the Navy and moving to Nevada County in 1994, Larry
continued to share his love of flying by managing and instructing student
pilots at the Beale Air Force Base Aero Club. Hundreds of students were
inspired and educated under his capable and friendly tutelage.
While a gifted and impassioned pilot, Larry’s loves also included the
mountains, history, sailing, photography, wood-working and tinkering with
just about anything mechanical. Larry helped build a cabin at Diamond Lake,
Oregon at the age of 10, rebuilt a competitive sail boat and renovated a
hundred-year old farm house in Lemoore. A loving father, he imparted his
passions of working with his hands, sailing, flying and the outdoors to his
Larry will be remembered for graciously lending a hand, a tool or his time
to any and all. He was a deeply loved husband, father, grandfather and
friend. His ready smile and sound counsel will be missed.
He is survived and loved by his wife of 36 years, Judy, son and
daughter-in-law Roger and Kerry, son and daughter-in-law Matthew and Kara,
son, Joseph, granddaughters Abby and Grace and sister, Carolyn.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sierra
Presbyterian Church “Stove Fund” or your favorite charity.
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