There are those who add so much to our lives with their presence alone. Larry Morgan touched, inspired, cheered and supported so many people throughout his life. He had a strength and spirit that drew others to him.
Born in Durham, North Carolina in July of 1949, Larry moved to southern California as a child with his parents, Ralph and Louise. Larry grew up in Corona del Mar with his three brothers, Rip, Greg, and Mike. Larry’s life revolved around the water. Swimming in the backyard pool led to a position on the water polo team at Corona del Mar High. Larry was a natural surfer and frequently surfed many beach breaks up and down the coast. His love of sailing began in his early life when he realized he could sail to far away locations and chart many adventures with a small sail boat and willing crew. He learned sailing was the perfect vehicle for his favorite passion, traveling to exotic and untamed locations and meeting interesting people all over the world.
Larry met his beautiful wife Sandi in high school and they have been married for 40 years. Larry was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease in his early 20s. Surrounded by sick and dying patients, Larry survived with the use of experimental treatments and the never wavering support from Sandi. Larry had been in remission for 43 years and represented a small percentage of survivors at that time. Each day was a gift and Larry respected and appreciated every one of them.
Larry held a variety of jobs throughout his life. At one time he was a head waiter at Josh Slocum’s, was a salesman for Catalina yachts, and then began a boat rigging business in Newport Harbor. He purchased Windward sailing club and grew the business based on his motto, “sailing made simple for the members”
Larry Morgan loved life and people. He was generous to a fault and an inspiring example of a good man. Whether he was working at the sailing club or playing a round of golf, he always approached every activity with enthusiasm and fun for the gift of life.
In lieu of sending flowers, please make donation in Larry’s name to the Orangewood Children’s Foundation (714) 619-0205 or www.orangewoodfoundation.org