Almo Lawrence “Larry” Lackie
Almo Lawrence “Larry” Lackie, DDS, 91, of Maple Valley, WA. died Wednesday, June 17, 2009.Larry was born on January 15, 1918 in Charboneau, North Dakota, to James Lawrence and Mildred Pearl (Moe) Lackie. He was the third of seven children. In 1930, when he was 12 years old, Larry moved with his family to Renton, WA. Larry and his brothers attended the Briscoe Memorial School, a school run by the Irish Christian Brothers, in the Kent Valley. His time at Briscoe reinforced Larry’s deep religious feelings and his love of the Catholic Church. Larry attended Renton High School for two years then transferred to and graduated from O’Dea High School in Seattle in 1939. He then attended Seattle University and achieved his dental degree at the San Francisco College of Physicians and Surgeons in October of 1944. After dental school, Larry joined the Navy and served in the Medical Corp in the Pacific during WWII. He left active service and served in the reserves until 1963. After his honorable discharge from active service, he returned to Renton and opened the first dental office in Renton. Larry hired Diane Hansen as a receptionist in the office. They married in 1950. He served the families of Renton and the surrounding areas until he retired in early 1980’s. He moved from Renton to Maple Valley in 1969.Larry had many passions in his life: dentistry, the Catholic Church, golf, his family, being outdoors, farming and horses. He began raising thoroughbred horses in 1970 and raced at Longacres Race Track, in Renton. He bred, trained and raced his horses around Washington and Oregon until 1998. He was a devout Catholic and attended St. Anthony Catholic Church in Renton, St. Steven the Martyr Catholic Church in Kent, St. Barbara Catholic Church in Black Diamond and, later, St. John the Baptist in Covington. He had deep involvement with O’Dea High School and the Irish Christian Brothers. Larry was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing the game until just a couple of years ago. His children remember many family camping trips all over Washington and Oregon, usually in association with ÿ shing, hunting or beachcombing. Larry always enjoyed gentleman farming. Until just recently, fruit trees, vegetable gardens, Black Angus cows and horses were evident at his farm.Larry was a member of the Washington State Dental Association, The American Dental Association, the Knights of Columbus and the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association.Larry was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, John, Tony, Hugh and Mickey, one sister, Mary Ann Anderson, two children, Gabriel and Marie and a daughter-in-law, Jana. He is survived by his children Larry (Sue) Lackie of Petaluma, CA, Carol Lackie of Palatine, IL, John (Claire) Lackie of Othello, WA, Mark Lackie of Renton, Pat Lackie of Sumner, and Mary (Jack) Wendling of Seattle, a sister Theresa Osborn of Federal Way, 13 grandchildren, 3 great-grand children and numerous nieces and nephews. He was inurned at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Kent, WA.Memorials are suggested to Catholic Community Services, 100 23rd Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144. You are invited to sign the register book and leave a message for the family at stevensfuneralchapel.com.