Obituary of Lawrence Edwin Channel
Lawrence Edwin Channel (“Larry”) was born in Boise, Idaho, on March 17, 1927. His parents were Lota (a rural preacher and farmer) and Alice Channel. The family lived in Canada, then in 1937 moved to Corning, California. He played on the high school football team and worked as a firefighter in Lassen National Forest. At age 17, Larry served aboard the USS FREMONT. Following his honorable discharge in 1946, Larry attended Pasadena College where he met the love of his life, Elaine May Leech, whom he married on August 31, 1947. They both then attended UCLA as graduate students. Elaine began teaching high school mathematics. Larry obtained a Masters in Physics, and also worked part time at the Naval Ordinance Test Station in Pasadena, testing the MK43 and co-designing the MK46 Torpedos. He did research for MIT and Cal Tech. Now with two children, the family moved to McLean (and Norfolk), Virginia. Larry worked at the Pentagon as a civilian employee of the Navy and had three more children. In 1962, he began working as an Advanced Design Engineer at Lockheed California in Burbank, California, and the family moved to Altadena, California, which they would call home for more than twenty years. Larry worked on the P-3C, S-3A/B ASW, Reconnaissance, F-117 Stealth Fighter and F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter aircraft.
Elaine worked as a high school teacher and completed her Masters in Education. Larry and Elaine both worked exceptionally hard but also loved camping, hiking, and fishing, and the family spent vacations camping and visiting with Larry’s parents and sister Darlene’s family in Corning. Larry became a Vice President at Lockheed California in 1984 and moved with Elaine to Potomac, MD. Larry met regularly with United States Senators and Representatives,
and high ranking members of the military, and attended dinners at the White House. In 1989 Larry and Elaine retired to Nevada City, California. Larry served on the Nevada County Grand Jury and worked extensively with the local Rotary Club, RSVP, Gold Country Telecare, United Way, Family Services Council, the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, the California Senior Legislature and the county CEO.
Elaine Channel died on January 7, 2006, and Larry Channel on March 15, 2015 (two days before his 88th birthday). They are survived by five children, Robert of Pacifica, CA, Susan (Sue Coppini) of South Lake Tahoe, CA, Cheryl (Barry Olson) of Olympia, Washington, Timothy (Buffie) of Huntington Beach, CA, and Janet Tajii (Ron) of Torrance, CA, and seven grandchildren, Ryan, Christopher, Kevin, James, Brian, Heather, and Bryce.
Services will be held at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City, CA on Saturday, April 4, at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Nevada City 49er Rotary Club Endowment to continue Larry’s work into the future. 101 W. McKnight Way Ste B., Grass Valley, CA 95945.
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