Our beloved husband, father and grandfather Larry K. Hoffman, 83, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 7, in Salt Lake City. He was the sixth of seven children born to Albert L. Hoffman and Effie Hayward Hoffman. He was born and raised in Randolph, Utah, working on his father’s ranch while growing up. He graduated from Rich County High School in 1953.
Larry married Sharon Palmer on Dec. 1, 1956, in Elko, Nevada. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple. Larry was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held various positions throughout his lifetime including bishopric callings and a stake high councilor. While assigned as a high councilor, one of his responsibilities included the church ranch in Almy, which he greatly enjoyed.
Larry is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sharon; sons, Craig (Lisa) of Chandler, Arizona, Mark (Iryna) and Dan (Donna) both of Evanston; daughters, Linda (Rick) Sanchez of Evanston and Julie (Mark) Lube of Hailey, Idaho; 12 grandchildren, Brandon Hoffman, Shelly Adamski, Melissa Bomar, Derek Hoffman, Desi Williams, Seth Sanchez, Kory Hoffman, Andrea Sanchez, Kelsie Bardsley, Megan Lube, Bree Sanchez and Nic Lube; and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Harold Hoffman of Randolph, Utah, and many nieces and nephews.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Effie Hoffman; and siblings, Glen Hoffman, Elaine Call, Blaine Hoffman, Roy Hoffman and Sherlene Wamsley.
Larry worked at Union Pacific Railroad in the early years as a machinist. He had a love and passion for ranching, owning and operating his own in Randolph, Utah, for many years while being self-employed in the insurance industry. In 1961, after being told that he probably wasn’t “life insurance material,” he proved to be a top producer for Beneficial Life Insurance Company, qualifying for the next 40 consecutive years for his company’s top awards. Larry had a passion for his work and was dedicated to his industry for 57 years, working until Friday, March 22, 2019.
He was a member of NAIFA and a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table. Larry qualified for the prestigious award “MDRT - Court of the Table,” of which he was extremely proud. At the time, he was one of only two people to ever qualify for this award in Wyoming. In 1990, he was voted by his peers and colleagues as the “Wyoming Association of Life Underwriters Agent of the Year.”
You can join the family from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, for a visitation at the Evanston, Wyoming, South Stake Center, 632 Twin Ridge Ave., and again on Friday, one hour prior to services. Funeral services will be held in his honor at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 12, also at the Evanston, Wyoming, South Stake Center. Interment will follow the funeral services at the Evanston City Cemetery.