Lawrence Dean Decker
January 24, 1931 – December 1, 2018
Lawrence "Larry" Dean Decker, age 87, passed away peacefully after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's Disease on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Winslow Court Assisted Living.
He was born January 24, 1931 in Oak Creek, Colorado to Verne and Florence Decker. He graduated from Hayden High school in 1949, where he met Dorothy Holderness. In High school, he drove trucks for his father’s trucking company and discovered his love for photography, basketball, and football. Lawrence and Dorothy were married in 1951 in Hayden, Colorado. Lawrence attended CU Boulder, then joined the Navy as an aviation electronics technician. They were stationed in Nashville, TN 1952 where they had their first son, Steve Decker. In 1954 they were stationed in the Territory of Hawaii, where they spent many hours on the beach. In 1955, He left the Navy and they moved to Colorado Springs and had their second son, Eric Decker in 1959.
Lawrence worked 33 years at IBM, where he retired in 1988. His hobbies included flying his Cessna plane, being outdoors and camping. He and his brother spent countless weekends riding their horses in the back country all over the State of Colorado. Dorothy and Lawrence were also very interested in Genealogy and in doing so spent good amounts of time mapping cemeteries all over the state. After retirement from IBM, he stayed very busy working on his house, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. Thursdays he could be found at Wade’s Cafe catching up with long time friends over breakfast. Dorothy passed away unexpectedly in 2003. After Dorothy's passing, he spent time gardening, spending time with his granddaughter and working on computers. In 2015 he was moved into assisted care at Winslow Court. The staff there took great care of him, as well as the SunCrest Hospice Group. He is survived by his sons, Eric and Steve Decker, his brother George Decker, four grandchildren, Ian, Noah, Heather, Phil Decker and one great grandchild.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 12, 1:00pm at Swan-Law Funeral Home, 501 N. Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO. Reception to follow at Patty Jewett Municipal Golf Course, 900 E. Espanola Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
- Memorial Service Saturday, January 12, 2019
- Reception Saturday, January 12, 2019
Lawrence Dean Decker
January 11, 2019
To the Decker family
I’m so sorry for the loss of Larry Decker. Dorothy and Larry were always close friends to my Grandparents the Roper’s and my Aunt Sue. I know how Very special Grandparents are and I’m so sorry Heather. I’m glad you were blessed to be close to Grandpa.
I’m lifting all of the Decker family in my prayers.
December 18, 2018
For Heather and family-I'm so sorry for this loss. I know he was much loved and he loved you all much.
December 18, 2018
For over two decades Lawrence and i would each take a saddle horse and a pack horse and spend a couple of weeks riding western Colorado. Over the years we rode almost all of the continental divide from New Mexico to the Wyoming border. We rode in every National Forest and most of the primitive and wilderness areas of Western Colorado. Many great memories and pictures during those trips.
December 16, 2018
Just got the sad news of Larry's passing this week. I first met Larry in May of 1966 when I called in response to a help wanted add posted by IBM. Larry answered the phone and invited me to come to his office on Cascade Ave. in Colorado Springs for an interview.
As we talked about my work experience (I had just been discharged after eight years in the Navy) we were both amazed to find we had shared the same electronics training and level of enlisted rate in the Navy -- he was just about ten years ahead of me. Needless to say we had much to talk about and that began a long-lasting friendship.
Larry hired me and became my first, and favorite Field Manager and mentor with IBM. He was always one I could count on for wise counsel and advice, whether for help on a difficult trouble call, or career choices or whatever.
Larry always seemed to genuinely care about others; he had an easy going way about him that could find a fix for a problem or situation, make correction without being critical and leave you feeling encouraged. He was one of a kind, and will be sorely missed.
Myriam & David Miller
December 15, 2018
Larry, we’ll miss you dear friend. Rest In Peace. Really enjoyed working with you at IBM, so many great memories. Till we meet again
Candi Campbell (Decker)
December 12, 2018
I remember my father-in-law Lawrence as a mountain man, blacksmith, animal & nature lover, Master of all Trades and career IBM executive, who always took care of business, loved the old classic hymns & enjoyed everything Western, dedicated himself to his family, and would drop whatever he was doing to help anyone needing assistance. I used to say that in case of finding myself marooned on some uncharted island, if given the chance to choose just one person as a fellow castaway, it would have to be my father-in-law, Lawrence Dean Decker.