Originally Published: October 27, 2013 6 a.m.
Larry Lee Dubbs passed away Oct. 14, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., following his long battle with lung cancer. Larry was born Oct. 10, 1951, in Wheeling, W.Va., to Richard Dale and Grace Smith Dubbs. He grew up in Lebanon and Annville, Pa.
In 1968, at the age of 17, Larry joined the U.S. Navy. He retired from the Navy as senior chief boatswain mate after 23 years of service. While serving his country, Larry served three tours of duty in Vietnam and was active duty on nine naval ships: USS New Jersey, USS Fechteler, USS Providence, USS Monticello, USS Mount Vernon, USS Ogden, USS Anchorage, USS Tarawa and the USS Germantown - on which he served for three tours.
Larry married Judy Campbell Lansford, the love of his life, in Oceanside, Calif. Larry reentered the Military Sea Lift Command as a rig captain, where he fueled and serviced military ships for the next two years. He then went to Panama City Beach and New Orleans to work with Textron Marine & Land Systems to test hovercrafts before delivery to the Navy.
After retiring, Larry became a certified farrier at the Oklahoma Farrier College under Bud Beaston, a world- renowned instructor and worked at this trade for two years at the Lucky Triangle Ranch in Williamson Valley, Ariz., where he took care of the ranch's horses.
They finally settled in Arizona when they bought their five acre ranch in Paulden, Ariz. Larry took a carpentry course at Yavapai College in Prescott and turned their one-room cabin into a beautiful home - doing all the construction and wood working himself, all while working full time as a safety officer over the American Sandstone quarries.
Larry and Judy were married 25 years at the time of his passing. He is survived by his wife, Judy Dubbs of Paulden, Ariz.; his mother, Grace Smith Dubbs of Annville, Pa.; one daughter, Candy Dubbs of Lebanon, Pa.; two stepchildren, Pamela A. (Roger) Wright and Laura K. Ferris, both of Cleveland, Tenn.; one sister, Deborah A. (Preston) Ton-Pah-Hote of Orrick, Mo.; three brothers, Tracy C. (Sue) Dubbs, Greg A. (Stephanie) Dubbs and Christopher T. (Dawn) Dubbs, all of Annville, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Pauline Dubbs of Annville, Pa.; six grandchildren and numerous uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding Larry in death were his father, Richard D. Dubbs; a brother, Richard D. Dubbs Jr.; a sister, Charlene G. Labe, and a stepson, Robert C. Lansford Jr.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at the Chino Valley American Legion Hall, Post 40. Steve Ross, chaplain of Post 40, will perform the ceremony. Internment will follow at a later date.
David Poyner of David's Dessert Chapel Funeral Home of Wickenburg handled the cremation.
The family wishes to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, love and support during their time of sorrow. In lieu of flowers, please donate to either the Cancer Society of Prescott or the Prescott Hospice Family Care at the Crossings in Prescott, Ariz.
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