Lawrence Kuticka |

Lawrence Kuticka

Lawrence “Larry” Wynne Kuticka died in his sleep Oct. 27, 2007, during a camping and fishing trip in the Truckee area. He was 60.

A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Vinton Cemetery in Plumas County.

Mr. Kuticka was born Apr. 20, 1947, in San Diego to William and Winnona Boatman Kuticka. As a child, he was encouraged to appreciate nature and loved the outdoors, especially the desert regions. He collected rocks and aspired to be a geologist. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo., before attending Sierra College in Rocklin.

Mr. Kuticka lived in Placer and Nevada counties for many years. He worked for the Placer County Welfare Department for 23 years, becoming a supervisor. He retired in 1997.

Mr. Kuticka enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, animals and all of nature. He regularly visited Death Valley in the spring to see the wildflowers bloom. Those who knew him remember his sensitive nature and deep caring for his few close friends and for the planet on which he lived.

Mr. Kuticka is survived by his companion, Barbara Bazan of Calpine; daughter, Thea S. Kuticka and husband Michael Guerra of Portland, Ore.; sister, Sheri Kuticka and husband Doug McDermott of Concord; nieces Amanda and Laura McDermott of Davis; and former wife, Linda Lodwig of Meadow Vista.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Kuticka’s name to the Save Lake Tahoe Foundation.

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