Larry O. Hahn

January 22, 1934February 8, 2013

Our beloved Larry O. Hahn, 79, entered into eternity with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on the morning of February 8, 2012.Larry lived a wonderful life. He carried with him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for so many years. Larry was a “Big Man” both figuratively and literally, and provided the heart and soul of his family. He was born in El Centro, California to Rue and Ruth Hahn, and worked as a young man in the ranching business and the agricultural chemical industry. Larry would tell you that his life really began when he relocated to El Paso to establish this city’s first Taco Bell. Shrugging off his family and friends pleas to remain in the El Centro Valley, Larry quickly became a visionary and innovator in the restaurant business for over 40 years. Larry and his wife Val, are credited with putting Mexican fast food on El Paso’s menu of choices. Their involvement in the development of the fast food culture in El Paso is legendary. Larry and Val’s humble beginnings blossomed into one of the city’s largest fast food chains. Thereafter, Larry established the K’Bobs Steakhouses (now known as Rancher’s Grill) in El Paso and parts of Southern New Mexico, offering its patrons an original menu of comfort food. Always a family man with strong Christian values, Larry transformed his life into a myriad of philanthropic and social commitments that would define his character. He was a hopeless romantic for the Mexican culture, and made countless journeys into Mexico in order to take advantage of his love of fishing while lending his support to struggling villagers. During the middle part of his life, he was a part-time fixture at fishing villages and towns in Lake Novillo, Mulege and Cabo San Lucas. He was also a first rate pilot with an impeccable reputation for safety and knowledge of Baja Mexico. Larry was infamous for his Baja Dreams Website which was created to promote the region that had brought him so much pleasure throughout his lifetime. Larry’s love of travel took him on adventures that filled his diary with compelling episodes of fun and friendship. He was more comfortable driving his motor home than any four-wheeled vehicle. Always an excuse to travel with friends, Larry and co-pilot Val, rambled across the vast expanses of the United States in search of unique locations that surely enhanced their storytelling. Known for his contagious laugh and his megawatt smile, Larry was a natural when it came to meeting people. With camera in hand, he could turn a gathering into a photo shoot that would be emailed to his many friends before evenings end. Everyone was called “weirdo” until he learned your name, and once you were dubbed a “weirdo”, you became a lifetime friend. Being a friend of Larry’s was nothing short of an honor. Larry approached life and death with courage. He realized how blessed he was to experience a lifetime full of challenges and privileges. He awoke each day with boundless energy that was transformed into meaningful relationships with family and friends. We honor him for his commitment to his faith as an active member of Coronado Baptist Church, and to those that helped define him along the way, including his wonderful employees. Larry is preceded in death by his beloved grandson, Braden Aboud. He is survived by his loving wife Valentine Hahn. Val, as she is affectionately called, was Larry’s soul mate for 59 years. He would be the first to remind you that Val was the constant in his life that made him the man that he was. Larry is also survived by his son Jerry Hahn (Susan), daughters Cindi Aboud (Gary) and Susie Shinaut (Randy). His brother Jean Hahn (Jeannie) and sister Francis Adams. Grandchildren, Jennifer Moren (John), Morgan Hahn, Chase Hahn (Viktoria), Avery Aboud, Kelsey Shinaut and Colton Shinaut. Great grandchild Summer Hahn. Memorial services will be held at Coronado Baptist Church, 501 Thunderbird Drive, El Paso, Texas, on Monday February 11, 2013, at 3:00 P.M. A Private burial service will precede the memorial services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation, 5024 Doniphan #2, El Paso, Texas, 79922, Coronado Baptist Church, 501 Thunderbird Drive, El Paso, Texas, 79912 or Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 Montana Avenue, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 88005. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West: 128 N. Resler Dr. El Paso, Texas 79912



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Larry O. Hahn

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July 23, 2013

Had no idea that Larry had passed.....still remember when he and Val first came to E.P, and came to our Office to see about building a house...a lot of years , and a lot of fond memories, we love you Val, and thinking about you.......we will be seeing you again ,Larry!!!! Gene and liz Huggins

June 21, 2013

larry and i met in dec 1974 in cielo vista mall we were close friends to his last day. i will always miss my friend Larry Hahn. scotty stroup austin, tx

Maxine McFarland

March 2, 2013

Larry, my brother-in-law, will difinitely be missed. He has been in my life since I was a Freshman in High School. So many memories through the years with him and Val. A lot of fun times. I could feel the void as I sit at his desk and used his computer these last two weeks. I missed him!! Val you know I am here - a telephone call away. If you need me I will be there always. In my thoughts and prayers. My sympathy to the whole family. I love you all - Maxine

Andy Worthington Cox

February 20, 2013

Uncle Larry and Auntie Val have been friends and family to three generations of Worthingtons. The loud laughter, good food, fun adventures/travels, and all the love shared, will be with all of us forever. Rest in Peace, Uncle Larry (and if you and Dad cannot rest, build a Taco Bell!)

Ted & Lavoy Masters

February 17, 2013

Dearest Val & family,
We were shocked to read via Cyndi Chesak's
facebook of Larry's passing. You have our sincere sympathy. Some of the happiest memories are those spent with
ya'll. Larry had such a wonderful, optimistic outlook that it was contagious. He made a difference and the world is a better place because of him. May God comfort you and give you
peace in knowing that he is now safe in the arms of our Savior. Love,

Karon & Butch Morgan

February 17, 2013

We will certainly miss our dear friend. Our love and prayers are with you and your family.

Rose Dominguez

February 14, 2013

My prayers to you and your family. Larry will be deeply missed, he had a way to always brighten my day when he would come to the gym and his silly comments would make me laugh. Now I can picture him sharing his silly jokes, comments and his wonderful descriptive travels to the groups up above. Larry thank you, for making us smile. I WILL BE MISSING YOU.

February 13, 2013

i went to school in Imperial with Larry. My deepest sympathy on his passing.
Chuck Hancock
Reston, VA


February 12, 2013

I remember Mr. Hahn's laugh, even though it's been 30 some-odd years since I've heard it. A great friend of the Vaughan family, I can speak for us in saying that he will be missed. -Paul

ramon soto

February 12, 2013

Jerry something that i learned from your father was ;the way he looked life always positive,and full of positive energy,i will miss him very much i always admired his vision for business ,and love for his family. from my heart my condollences to mrs Val,Suzie,Cindy.