Larry Spencer Doyle (sponsored obituary) |

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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