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Larry Wayne Derrick

July 31, 1946 — January 30, 2023

July 31, 1946 ~ Jan. 30, 2023
Larry was born in the summer of 1946 to Vaughn and Louise Derrick in Salt Lake City Utah. As the little brother to Rodney, and an older brother to Terrie, Tammy, and Debbie, Larry grew up in Holladay, Utah, where he enjoyed scouting, swimming, riding bikes, and he took a particular liking to boxing. He graduated from Granite high school class of 1964 where he played on the tennis and football teams. During his high school years, he loved driving his ’55 red convertible Chevy, powered by a 283 Corvette motor and was known to drive a bit too fast. He also used the souped-up Chevy to impress the girls and turn a small profit charging them $.25 per week driving them to-and-from school. Larry always had a way with the ladies.
After high school Larry served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Gulf States Mission spending much of his time in Mississippi and Louisiana, where he developed a deep love and appreciation for the scriptures, the southern people, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. He cherished his time as a missionary.
After his mission he found himself at the Spudnut Shop in Provo, enjoying a hot dog and a Spudnut when he first encountered Dana Lynn Olsen, who would become the mother of his four children, Ben, Jon, Sam, and Amanda. Larry and Dana raised their family in Salt Lake City and later moved to Murray, Utah. They later divorced remaining great co-parents to their Children. Larry was a devoted father and never missed a game unless he was at the fire station. He loved taking his children bike riding, bowling, swimming, hunting, or whatever seemed fun at the time. His devotion to his children continued through to his grandchildren and he was the best grandpa to his 19 grandkids who loved their grandpa dearly.
In 1973 Larry became a firefighter and served the city of Salt Lake for 35 years and retired as an Engineer in 2008. He was truly a veteran at the Department and would often entertain the newer firemen with stories of rushing into burning buildings and pulling out men, women and children and an occasional pet. He had tales of knocking down the flames at the infamous Congress Hotel and oil refineries with fiery 50-gallon drums exploding into the sky, and so on and so forth… never an embellishment to be sure. His stories and experiences were legendary. Larry was better known by his colleges as “Roundo”, a nickname given to him by a small, closely knit group of firefighters who have taken the meaning with them to the grave. Godspeed Roundo! Love you Dad! Love you Grandpa!
Larry is preceded in death by his father Vaughn Symons Derrick and his mother Louise Griffin Derrick and is survived by his siblings Rodney (Connie) Derrick, Terrie Spradling, Tammy (Rod) Waters, and Debbie (Bryce) Drysdale. Also, his children Benjamin (Emalee), Jonathan (Jaymee), Samuel (Natalie), and Amanda (Barrett) Frost, and grandchildren Hunter (Stevie), Olivia, Jack, Max, (Ashlee (Jake), Berkley, Mikelle, Kennedy), Jillian, Jordyn, Jettson, Luke, Rhett, Nash, Kadyn, Halle, and Scarlett.
Viewings will be held Sunday February 5th 5:00 to 7:00pm at Memorial Mountain View 3115 Bengal Blvd. and Monday February 6th 11:00am to Noon at the LDS Chapel 160 e 4600 s in Murray.
Services will commence Monday February 6th 12:00 pm at the LDS Chapel 160 e 4600 s in Murray.
Graveside Service Monday February 6th 1:30 pm at Memorial Mountain View 3115 Bengal Blvd.
Service Information
Viewing February 5, 2023 at 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Memorial Mountain View Mortuary and Cemetery

Viewing February 6, 2023 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Church of Jesus Christ 160 East 4600 South, Murray

Funeral Service
February 6, 2023 at 12:00 PM
Church of Jesus Christ 160 East 4600 South, Murray
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