April 14, 1941 - June 5, 2021
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June 28, 2021
A lot of memories came flooding back when we heard of your passing. The cars we had, the Ford with the hemi and he trip to Mexico for upholstery. I remember your Dad driving to Edwards Air Force base for work every day. Ginger and I remember when you lived in our extra bedroom for a few months almost like a brother. Last time we talked you seemed happy at the ranch. So long my friend I hope you find peace. .
June 26, 2021
I can't repay the lessons That you taught when I was small, Or give you, gift for gift, The daily treasures I recall; I can't return encouragement And loving words of praise In quite the way you did for me Through all my childhood days. But there is one gift that I can give: It's all the love you've earned-- For love is what you always taught, And love is what I learned.
June 23, 2021
Brothers, Best Friends, Traveling Companions are hard to lose… Especially when they are all the same person. Larry has had my back ever since I was a wee brat. He didn’t necessarily volunteer for the job, But, Mom would say to Larry “Where are you going?” Reply; “Going to play ball with the guys”. Mom: “Take Ernie with you.” “”Ahh Mom. “TAKE YOUR BROTHER WITH YOU!!!”. “Ahhhll – right.” There are myriad Larry stories. He was an interesting man. He came into contact with interesting folks, from Charlie Manson to a Saudi prince. Too many stories. But One story comes to mind. If you have not seen the movie “Mr. Roberts”, a 1955 war movie with Henry Fonda as Mr. Roberts, James Cagney as Captain Morton and Jack Lemon as Ensign Pulver, please do so. It’s a treat and it is key to understanding this story. Larry and I both worked for Solus Ocean Systems out of Santa Barbara Ca. The “gentleman” who owned and operated the company was a clone for Cpt. Morton, short of stature and short of temper. Let’s just say; a bit of a tyrant. You can read between the lines. Anyway, Larry and I were scheduled to be in El Segundo, Ca. early the next morning for about a weeks worth of hot and dirty work. That afternoon Larry said “Come on, I have something I want to get”. So, we went down to the local nursery and bought about a 4’ potted palm tree. Larry didn’t say why, just “Come on”. We went back to his house to start loading our gear for the job and Larry put the tree and a length of chain and a padlock in the truck. He then told me we should plan on getting to the dock about 4 am rather than the 6 o’clock meeting time. When we arrived all was quiet. The owner’s “command boat” was there and we quietly creeped on board and chained and locked the palm tree to the railing outside the bridge. Then we left. Arriving at the 6 o’clock meeting time we were all astounded to find a potted palm tree chained to his railing. Of course we all wanted to know who did such a dastardly deed. THE UNMITIGATED NERVE!!! So the day went on with everyone, especially “Cpt. Morton”, wondering who the heck put that tree there. Rumors abounded. At the end of the day, I chose to go to shore and stay in a motel. Larry chose to stay on the boat. While Larry, “Cpt. Morton” and some of the other crew members were in the galley having dinner, what should come on the TV…You guessed it MR. ROBERTS For years after, the owner was still trying to find out WHO DONE IT. To the best of my knowledge the owner never found out. I will miss Brother Barton