Larry Mack Cox
October 4, 1943 ~ September 11, 2013
Larry’s trademark smile and infectious laughter are forever in our hearts. He likely didn’t realize the indelible ripple effect of his warmth. But he lived his life by these truths: treat people with remarkable kindness. Laugh with your whole body. Make those you care about feel special. The women in your life are always right. Be generous and fair. Work hard. Stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. Let your granddogs lick your face, and play it cool when you’re accused of sneaking them food. Larry was born October 4, 1943, the son of Opal and Mack Cox. He graduated from Chelan High School in 1963, and went to work for Palmer G. Lewis Lumber Supply Company. In 1966 he married the love of his life, Linda Scrupps, and together they raised two children, Lisa and David. With his father, he owned and worked at Builder’s Lumber Company. After his father retired and they sold the lumber company, Larry and Linda bought the Chelan Shoe Store. Through the store, he gave shoes to students who couldn’t afford them. Always a dedicated worker, he continued to work for Lake Chelan Building Supply after retirement. He lived a life he loved. Larry coached soft ball, and his memberships in fraternal organizations ran strong - the “Untouchables” car club, Jaycees, Eagles, Lions, Echo Valley Ski Club, Lake Chelan Snowmobile Club, and the Lake Chelan Boat Club. He loved the lake; if he wasn’t on the boat or waterskiing, his favorite seat in the house always had the best view of the water. Larry would willingly throw an elbow to reach the clams/deviled eggs/chocolate cake before his adult children and grandchildren. But most of all, Larry loved his family.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Cox; daughter, Lisa Cox Massey (Mark Semkiw); son, David Cox (Fianna Dickson Cox); grandchildren Andrew Massey and Mackenzie Massey; sister, Sharon Tipton (Pat Rhea); sibling-in-laws, Gary and Judy Scrupps; and granddogs, Lucy and Brandy.
Larry fought a courageous battle with Multiple Systems Atrophy; on September 11, 2013 he joined the angels. The family extends a special thank you to Lake Chelan Community Hospital nursing staff and Tobe Harberd, MD. We’re sure Larry would have also liked to thank those who helped him live life to the fullest.
A Celebration of Larry’s life will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Chelan, on Saturday, September 21 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Larry’s name to St. Andrew’s Memorial Fund.