Larry Lee Maxwell
Glenns Ferry, Idaho - Larry Lee Maxwell, 79, passed away Sunday evening, March 24th, at 6:50 p.m. in his home in Glenns Ferry, Idaho. He was surrounded by his children, his sister, his brother and his niece. He breathed his last breath peacefully while his daughters sang “How Great Thou Art.”
Larry was born August 6, 1933 in Fort Scott, Kansas to Naomi Ruth (Jones) Maxwell and Harry Taylor Maxwell and lived in Missouri. When Larry was two years old, his family moved to Gooding, Idaho. At the age of 13, he came to know Jesus as his personal Savior. Larry grew in the Lord and loved Him with all of his heart. From a young age, he knew that God had called him to the ministry. He started the First Baptist Church in Glenns Ferry, Idaho at the age of 18. He then served in the army at the end of the Korean War.
He graduated from Wayland Baptist College in Plainview, Texas where he met Betty Jean Mathews. They were married April 14, 1963, in Nampa, Idaho and were blessed with five children. Larry was a church planter for the North American Mission Board for the Southern Baptist Convention in Idaho, Hawaii and Colorado. In addition to starting churches, he served as Director of Missions in southeastern Colorado and southern Idaho. He started approximately 20 churches, many of which are still active and growing. He served the Lord in ministry for 60 years.
Larry enjoyed life. He loved to laugh and joke and never met a stranger. He was a loving husband, wonderful dad, uncle, grandpa, pastor and friend to many. It is said among his friends that no matter where in the world you went you would find someone who knew Larry Maxwell. He loved to travel and was proud to have visited all 50 states and eleven countries.
Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, his daughter, Angela, his father Harry Maxwell, his mother, Ruth Maxwell and his three brothers, Bill, Duane and Derrold.
Larry is survived by his brother, Roger Maxwell of Twin Falls, Idaho, his sister, Kathy Maxwell of Meridian, Idaho, his daughters, Shawna (Ken) Albert of Jeffersonville, Indiana, MarKay (Craig) Hickerson of Roswell, New Mexico, Rachelle (Timothy) Hidalgo of Richland, Washington, his son, Duane (Beth) Maxwell of Vancouver, Washington and 13 grandchildren.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Demaray Funeral Service – Gooding Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, on Friday, March 29, 2013 at the Valley Baptist Church in Hagerman. Burial will follow at the Elmwood Cemetery in Gooding.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service – Gooding Chapel.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the obituary link at www.demarayfuneralservice.com.