Larry Leroy Shafer: Feb. 7, 1934 – July 12, 2019



Larry Leroy Shafer died at 11:25 a.m. Friday, July 12, at the age of 85. In his last days, he was surrounded by his children (Michael, Todd and Leigh Anne), his grandchildren (Jennifer and Daniel), his amazing friend of over 50 years, (Mary), and the second big love of his life, (Dorothy). He was not alone and felt love and peace.

Dad was born into the life of an underdog, moving from foster home to foster home. From these beginnings, he worked his way through law school, and, as a lawyer, his greatest pride and joy came when he was able to help the underdogs — he helped many individuals who were being unlawfully taken advantage of by powerful corporations. He was instrumental in establishing legal aid in Washington state. He worked tirelessly to stop the Seattle Pike Place Market from being destroyed by condominium developers. On the day that bulldozers arrived to begin their work, the document finally came through, declaring the Pike Place Market as a historic landmark that could never be taken down. Dad took that notice to the foreman, stating, “Stop the bulldozers, sir.”

Angels had given dad a beautiful voice and he shared it with the world. In his retirement, he took up singing on stage. He loved Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, and we loved listening to him sing.

Dad, may you keep part of your heart here on Earth with your children, grandchildren and Dorothy, and take the rest with you to join mom. Rest in peace.

More in Obituaries

Suzi Lynne Pengilly: Oct. 5, 1957 – Nov. 19, 2019

Suzi Pengilly, 62, of Greenbank, Whidbey Island, Wash., died on Tuesday, Nov.… Continue reading

Maurice ‘Maury’ John Hood: Jan. 20, 1935 – Nov. 17, 2019

Maurice (Maury) John Hood died Nov. 17, 2019 at his home on… Continue reading

Marlene (Wobser) LaGasse: Jan. 12, 1933 – Nov. 13, 2019

Marlene (Wobser) LaGasse, 86, happy resident of Freeland, Wash., passed away peacefully… Continue reading

Clarice Mabel Young: Dec. 15, 1928 – Nov. 13, 2019

Clarice Mabel (Auvil) Young was born on the family farm in Clinton,… Continue reading

Stewart Lloyd Widdowson III: March 1, 1947 – Nov. 9, 2019

Stewart Lloyd Widdowson III (Chip to all who knew and loved him)… Continue reading

M’Liss Rae Hawley: Dec. 25, 1956 – Nov. 14, 2019

M’Liss Rae Frandsen was born on Christmas Day, 1956 in Seattle, Wash.,… Continue reading

Larry Kiichli: Died Oct. 8, 2019

Larry died Oct. 8, 2019 from complications of congestive heart failure. He… Continue reading

Lois Marie (Graham) Gorg: Sept. 7, 1945 – Nov. 9, 2019

Lois Marie (Graham) Gorg was born in Tacoma, Wash. on Sept, 7,… Continue reading

Kalju Kaik: March 24, 1959 – Oct. 27, 2019

On Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, Kalju Kaik, loving husband and adoring father… Continue reading

Most Read