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Longtime Montrose resident Larry Gunn, who played an instrumental role in remodeling St. Luke’s of the Mountains Church in La Crescenta, died June 11. He was 77.

Born in Los Angeles on Nov. 22, 1932, Gunn attended Glendale-area schools before graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He went on to become an architect and self-employed businessman before becoming executive and co-owner of Pestcon.

A longtime member and vestryman of St. Luke’s of the Mountains Church, he was instrumental in the remodel design of this La Crescenta landmark, keeping it true to the original and historical design. He designed the refurbished altar, cross, Parish Hall prayer room, parking lot and outside prayer garden.


He was also active in the Episcopal Cursillo and Soma ministries and served on the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. His traveling abroad for work, ministry and pleasure included trips to China, Taiwan, Australia, Uganda, Kenya, England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Israel and Jordan.

In 2006, he moved with his wife, Monica, to Sandpoint, Idaho, to be near his children. He and his wife were married 52 years until her death in 2007.

He is survived by his children, Kevin Gunn, Teryl Gunn Riley and Brenna Gunn Meredith; and his grandchildren, Aaron, Ben and Corey Gunn, Derick and Lauren Riley, and Max, Zoe and Mya Meredith. He is also survived by his sister Marlene Estelle.

A memorial service is scheduled for St. Luke’s of the Mountains Church, 2563 Foothill Blvd., at 11 a.m. Saturday, with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Another service will be in Sandpoint in July.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Larry to: St. Luke’s Anglican Church Reestablishment Fund, P.O. Box 8307, La Crescenta, 91224; or to San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity, 400 S. Irwindale Ave., Azusa, CA 91702.