Larry Joe Przybycien September 20, 1947 - June 5, 2021

Larry Joe Przybycien born September 20, 1947 in Jamestown, North Dakota and passed on June 5, 2021 in Spanish Fork, Utah. He fought a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born to Stanley and Iona (Philbrick) Przybycien. Larry attended rural Lowery Township grade school and graduated from Sykeston Public High School where he participated in football (4), basketball (1), baseball (1), track (1), band (4), class play (2), and school paper (2) .He then graduated from Valley City State College with a BS degree in secondary education with a major in English, minors in Library Science and Physical Education. Larry taught Junior High English, geography, librarian and physical education at Tolna, ND where he coached football, baseball, and basketball. They were great baseball teams. He also taught high school English, journalism, psychology, Physical Education and was librarian at Grace City High School. At Grace City, he coached girls’ and boys’ basketball, track and field. One year, he coached 89 basketball games. He coached a successful girls’ basketball team. After five years of teaching Larry went into the aerospace/military industry by working at Western Gear/Lucas Western as a quality control inspector for twelve years. He worked on components and assemblies for Boeing, Gruman, Lockheed and Hughes Aircraft. Later, he moved to Spanish Fork, Utah to be a quality source engineer for Hughes Aircraft specializing in the TOW missile launcher for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Later, he worked at a cabinet factory, an extrusion plant and a computer hardware and software solution center as a quality control inspector and warehouse/receiving lead. In retirement years, he worked in the dairy, recycling business and in the education field. He returned to teaching as a substitute teacher after a thirty-nine year absence. His special education students will be forever dear to his heart. He was better known to them as Mr. Sub or Grandpa. In 1967, Larry married Rae Zimmerman and had three children. They were later divorced. In 1979, he married Janette Rudolph Quast and had one son together in addition to a step-daughter. Larry was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Janette, three siblings Stella Molstad (Duane), Stanley Jr (Terry) and Lynne Potter. He is also survived by five children Todd (Shelley) Lutz, Florida, Mary Calmus, Stacy (Chris) Johnson all of Sioux Falls, SD and Lavonne Quast, Provo, Utah and Andrew (Heidi) Vancouver, Wash. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Todd M. Jr. Przybycien, Cade Calmus, Brylee and Brayden Johnson, Tyerell, Jalair, Peyton, Bryton and Anastazja Przybycien. Fluffy, the cat, has been Larry’s favorite companion. Larry’s greatest satisfaction can be told by the names he was called throughout his life: ”Farmer” always a farmer at heart, “Coach” 41 years of coaching, “Booster Man” fifteen years with the Spanish Fork High School football boosters, “Mr. Sub” as substitute teacher especially with special ed students and the greatest name of all has been “Grandpa” for his nine beautiful grandkids. Larry enjoyed sports, fishing, camping, gardening, reading Louis L’Amour books, sitting in his outside rocking chair, shelling walnuts and just being outside especially with the grandkids. Pallbearers are Gary Blacker, Troy Mortenson, Phil Morgan, Derek Shelley, Kim Ellingson, Steve Tibbs, Eugene Rudolph and Zachary Rudolph. Honorary pallbearers are all the grandchildren. Walker Funeral Home, Spanish Fork will be directing memorial services. In lieu of flowers, please donate to pancreatic cancer research.

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A viewing will be held

Friday, June 11, 2021 from

9 until 9:45 in the morning

at the Walker Funeral Home

187 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah

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Funeral Service

A service will be held

Friday, June 11, 2021 at

10 o'clock in the morning

at the Walker Funeral Home

187 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah

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Interment

Interment to follow the funeral service

Friday, June 11, 2021

at the Spanish Fork City Cemetery

420 South 400 East, Spanish Fork, Utah 84660

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    Bob Beagley says

    I am so sad to hear that the Booster Man has passed away. He is a great Man and a good friend of mine. I worked with him for a few years in the SFHS Football booster club. He was a joy to be around. We had many, many. Great times doing fundraising and serving meals to the football team. We enjoyed cheering on the MIGHTY DONS! May God bless you and your family.

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    Adam Gull says

    We are saddened at the loss of our dear friend Larry Przybycien. He was a joy to have substitute teach at Rees Elementary. We loved his laugh and his dedication to teaching our students. We could always count on Larry to fill in on any given notice. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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    Wayne S. Day says

    Gayle and I were saddened to hear of Larry’s passing. Larry and I worked together at Western Gear/Lucas Aerospace in the quality control section for many years. We also played softball and coached the company team for several years as well. Larry was the “Best Man” at our wedding in 1975. We had many good times together at the company picnics, softball and other events. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family in his loss.

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