War Veteran, Businessman, Loving husband, amazing father, and grandfather, with the heart of a teddy bear.
Larry Canoso died June 14, 2022 surrounded by family. Even in the hospital, Larry was his true self making the nurses and doctors laugh and creating joy in his final days.
Larry was born May 16, 1948 to James and Mary Canoso and grew up in Murray, UT. Larry proudly attended Judge Memorial Catholic High School where he met his lifetime sweetheart Vicki Nielsen. Vicki and Larry were married on June 8, 1970 and enjoyed 52 years of marriage together raising a beautiful family and being part of the Salt Lake community. Vicki was always the love of Larry’s life.
Larry and Vicki had three children; Anthony, Todd, and Ann. So much of their lives centered around the kids. Coaching many teams, running from event to event, and traveling for fun adventures. We joked he was the football
whisperer, convincing many moms that football was a great sport and their kids won’t get hurt playing it. Larry loved kids and always said he never met a bad kid in his life. While he had a gruff exterior, he had a kindness and heart that were second to none and kids loved to embrace. This earned him the affectionate nickname of Bear from his grandkids and Big Lar from the kids he coached.
The Canoso’s spent many weekends at Lake Powell being with family and friends. Larry always had his best friends Jimmy Ravarino and Jim Genetti by his side and those adventures with their families are lifelong memories he cherished. Larry also loved his trips to Mediterranean Market to grab a bite and visit with his good friend Annette.
Larry had a way with people, and if you met him, chances are he left a lasting impression. He loved telling stories and always found a way to get people to laugh.
The one story Larry was always reluctant to tell was about his time in Vietnam. He was drafted into the Army in 1968 and was awarded a bronze star during his service. The friendships with his platoon continued until the day he passed. Larry lived out his retirement years in Thayne Wyoming surrounded by not just the beautiful scenery, but beautiful people. They built another family of close friends in Star Valley and cherished the friendships and memories.
Larry is survived by his wife Vicki, sister Marilyn, children Anthony (Brandi), Todd (Nikki), and Ann, grandchildren Carson, Haley, Devan, Amanda, Tyler, Max, Molly, and Nate, great-grandchildren Jameson, Heath, and June, and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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