Larry was born May 26, 1949, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the second child and oldest son of Sam and Hiroko Tominaga. The family lived and farmed in the Thomas and Pingree, Idaho, area until 1959 when they moved to Paul, Idaho, where he has resided since. He attended Paul Elementary School, Paul Junior High and graduated from Minico High School in 1968. Upon his graduation with a bachelor’s degree in soil science from the University of Idaho in 1972, he immediately returned home to help his father, who had heart problems, on the family farm.
Larry was a quiet, gentle, kind and generous man who, although he never married, was devoted to his family. Upon his father’s death on Aug. 2, 1972, he continued to operate the family farm with his mother, making sure that his younger brother and sister received their college educations and careers. He was a successful young farmer who earned the distinction of being a benchmark for Farm Credit Agency. Even after selling the farm in 2003, Larry made sure that there was always a place for the family to gather to enjoy his prime rib dinners at Christmas and fireworks on the Fourth of July (always a spectacular light show event).
He was also an easy touch for almost anything his nephews, nieces and goddaughter could come up with. Whenever everyone else said “no,” Uncle Larry almost always said “yes” to trips to Lagoon, fishing, boating, golfing, four-wheeling, catching tadpoles and making the fire pit. He never missed a birthday, Christmas or graduation.
When he left farming, Larry was employed by the Amalgamated Sugar Company in Paul as the assistant factory chemist. He retired from that position in October 2013, in part to help care for his mother and to pursue his many hobbies.
Larry enjoyed bowling and competed almost every year in the National Bowling Tournament with friends. Once, he even bowled a perfect 300 score. He also enjoyed fishing, fly-tying, scuba diving, golfing, making custom golf clubs, watching Utah Jazz basketball and traveling.
He is survived by his mother, Hiroko Tominaga of Paul; sister, Aileen Tominaga Stas (Mike) of Bellevue, Wash.; brother, Lynn (Brenda) Tominaga of Boise, Idaho; sister, Peggy Tominaga Goodman (Alan) of Rupert, Idaho; nephews, Andrew Tominaga (Melissa) of Helena, Mont., Rob Goodman of Moscow, Idaho, and Scott Goodman of Bountiful, Utah; nieces, Michiko Stas of Seattle, Wash., Anna Tominaga of Boise, Idaho; and one goddaughter, Karin Sparks Lawson of Nampa, Idaho.
Larry taught us, by selfless example, that the measure of a life well lived comes from the care and love that we share with others. While he will always be missed, we can honor his memory by following his example of always doing the right thing with kindness, gentleness and generosity.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Rupert United Methodist Church, 605 H St. in Rupert, Idaho.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Paul Methodist Church, 127 W. Clark St., Paul, ID 83347.
Cremation and services are under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home and Crematory in Rupert.