Flying Tiger Line Pilots Association
October 29, 1936 - August 28, 2015
Larry Donald Partridge 78 of La Conner WA passed away August 28th 2015
Larry, the loving husband of his wife Nancy, passed away peacefully at his home. He is survived by his wife and his three sons Scott (Libby) and Aaron of La Conner and Stephen (Wendy) of Kettle Falls Wa . He is also survived by his grandchildren Nolan, Chelsea and Adam, and his sister and nephew, Lesley and Chad Martin of Hailey Idaho and his beloved cat, Maui.
Larry had a life long love of flying, He was inspired at a young age by his mother Charlotte who was a stunt pilot in her early twenties. He joined the Air Force at age 17, becoming a flight engineer, and later earned his pilots license through Kenmore Air. He flew as a bush pilot throughout Alaska in his early years, leading to a commercial career with Flying Tigers. He would go on to have a colorful legacy as a Tiger, with trips to every corner of the world and every cargo imaginable including Shamu the killer whale. His compassion led him to volunteer as a civilian pilot during the end of the Vietnam conflict, completing 52 “Mercy Rice Lift” missions to help the South Vietnamese. Later, Larry would receive a personal call from President Ronald Reagan thanking him for his courageous service. He was also an avid fisherman and loved to take trips with his friends and family on the Puget Sound.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local animal shelter.
At his request, no service will be held.
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