30 July, 19395 February, 2021

On Friday, February 5, 2021, Larry J. Hurlbut went home to be with the Lord after a courageous battle with pneumonia from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Larry Joe Hurlbut was born on July 30, 1939 to Richard and Frances (Swanson) Hurlbut in Volga, South Dakota. He grew up in Watertown, South Dakota and graduated from Watertown Sr. High School in 1957. Larry studied Architecture at North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota, graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1963 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. Upon graduating, Larry joined the Army National Guard and spent six months in active duty at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and Ft. Still, Oklahoma. Afterwards, Larry returned to Minneapolis where he continued to serve in the Army in reserve capacity, found his first architecture position, and soon met his dynamic wife Carla. Larry and Carla were married on June 10, 1966 and were fortunate to spend 30 years together in marriage before breast cancer took Carla’s life in 1996.

Larry moved to Los Angeles first and then Carla followed in the fall of 1969, where Carla taught elementary school and Larry earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture. In the summer of 1974 Larry’s life changed when he became a born again believer in Jesus Christ. Carla, too, through the pain of the events that transpired that year, also dedicated her life to the Lord. This led Larry and Carla back to Minnesota where they started a family in Eden Prairie, outside of Minneapolis.

Soon, Texas came calling. In 1980 Larry and Carla, along with their two young children Anne Marie and John, moved south, settling in Carrollton, Texas. They attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Dallas for many years before joining sister-church Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Carrollton, both Missouri Synod Lutheran churches. Larry and his family were regular church-goers and were very active in their congregations. Some of the roles Larry faithfully served in were: Pastors Prayer Ministry, Stephens Ministry, Building Committee, Church Choir, Usher, and the Board of Elders.

Throughout Larry’s 45-year long career in architecture, he worked for several prestigious firms such as HGA in Minneapolis, William L. Pereira & Associates in Los Angeles and RTKL Associates in Dallas. Larry had an incredible eye for detail and a passion for innovative design. Larry is proud to say that he served as project designer, project architect, project director or project manager on a wide range of projects that included National Aviation Planning Concepts – a future forecasting study for the FAA, the Master Plan for Dulles International Airport, the Longview Millsite Master Plan for the Weyerhauser Company, the Hyatt Regency in the Denver Tech Center, the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, the renovation of the historic 35-story Republic Center Building in Dallas, and the Monarch - a 30-story luxury apartment building in Austin, Texas.

Larry’s life scripture verse is from Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Upon retirement from Architecture, Larry began working on projects that were dear to his heart. His love for modern art and photography inspired him to take abstract photographs of various places in Dallas and compile them in a photography book that is almost finished. He enjoyed writing too, and has written over 200 pages about the many unique experiences in his life.

Larry is preceded in death by his father, Richard, his mother, Frances, his brother Richard II, and his wife, Carla. Larry is survived by his daughter, Anne Marie Hurlbut of Dallas, Texas; his son John Hurlbut and wife Amanda Hurlbut of McKinney, Texas; grandchildren Ava Brei, Adeleine Hurlbut and Annalise Hurlbut; and his brothers Alan Hurlbut of Watertown, South Dakota and David Hurlbut of Germantown, Tennessee.

In lieu of flowers, please send all donations to the ministries of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, 20 February , 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, 24 February , 2021



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Diane Groves

11 February 2021

I miss you so much Larry. I loved watching you create your book of beautiful photographs at the library. I feel priviledged to have gotten to know you so well over the past year. Getting to know you was a bright spot for me and my family during the pandemic. I loved that we shared Midwest roots, liked to swap stories from our childhoods and made each other laugh.

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