Charles Larry Larry Tucker

July 19, 1950August 14, 2013

Charles Larry Tucker, born in July, 1950, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, to Charles Wilson and Mary Katherine Tucker, died on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 after a long fought battle with scleroderma and it’s complications.

Larry is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 42 years: Marion Jean Brown Tucker, two loving children and their families Jason Scott Tucker and wife Cyndi of Allen, TX and Jennifer Anne Penny and husband Michael of McKinney, TX, and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his father, and is survived by his mother Mary Tucker of Arkadelphia, AR, and sister Phyllis Tucker of Bryant, AR.

Larry graduated from Arkadelphia High School and Henderson State University. Upon graduation, Larry served as Director of Bands at Lonoke, AR, high school, Director of Bands at Ashdown, AR, high school, where he was also very active in the First United Methodist Church, leading the chancel choir and the United Methodist Youth Fellowship. Larry was offered the position of Director of Bands at Plano East Senior High when the school opened in 1981. Over the next several years, the Plano East bands went on to make sweepstakes each year, win national invitational contests, and performed at several conventions. Larry moved to the Director of Performing Arts position at the end of 1989.

Larry spent 18 years in the fine arts administration. During that time Larry supported the directors on the staff and their organization as they had numerous appearances at The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, TMEA as Honors groups, the Music Educators National Conference, the Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center. Larry’s stated goal as an administrator was to “hire the best, give them what they needed to succeed, and then let them do their job.”

Larry was named Teacher of the Year for Plano East in 1989 and received the Ross Perot Excellence in Teaching Award that year. He was named Texas Music Administrators Conference Music Administrator of the year in 2006. In 2007, he was runner-up for the Arts in Education award for the City of Plano. He has served as president of the Four States Bandmasters Association, state chairman of the National Band Association, president of Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, president of the Texas Music Administrators Conference, and president of the Plano West Rotary Club. He served four years on the Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of Plano, two as chairman. He was a Paul Harris Fellow and was recognized by the Plano West Rotary Club as Rotarian of the Year in 2004 and 2006, as well as by the Rotary Foundation for his contributions to the Wheelchair for Kids efforts in South Africa. His greatest honor, however, was being named to the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 2010. Larry and Marion have been members of the First United Methodist Church in Plano since 1981. He retired in 2007 after thirty-five years in education.

In Lieu of flowers, it is requested that contributions be made to the Music Ministry of the First United Methodist Church in Plano, the Lung Transplant Unit at the University of Texas Southwestern, or to the Scleroderma Foundation.

A Memorial Service wil be held on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church of Plano. 3160 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75074.


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Lawrence Butler

May 5, 2014


"I recently found out about Larry and I want to express my sincere condolences to you and the family. Larry and I attended college together majoring in music education. He and I did our senior recital together and we continued to have a friendship that I will always treasure. May God bless and keep you and the family. Please know that a part of him will always exist in me. What a great man."

Lawrence Butler, Chillicothe, Ohio

Barry Teague

August 27, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mr. Tucker was a wonderful inspiration who used his love of music to teach us by his example the value of dedication and hard work; the importance of pouring your heart and soul into something that you love in order to make it successful.

These many years later I still quote him often and smile. My favorite: "It's like beating your head against the wall because it feels good when you stop."

He will be greatly missed.

- Barry Teague, PESH Band, 1986-1988

Paula Williamson

August 25, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. It seems like just a few short years ago we were neighbors and Mr. Tucker was my band director at school. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Marshall & Joyce Purser

August 25, 2013

May Larry's abundant life and legacy to the students and community remain a source of sweet memories in the days to come. God bless you and surround you with His peace and comfort.

August 24, 2013

Jason, Jennifer and Marion, the legacy of Larry Tucker lives on in the lives of the musicians young and older. His appreciation of music and ability to inspire so many is evident in our schools and families throughout Plano and beyond.
May God bless you all with wonderful memories of your dad and husband..
Sharyn Larson and family

Katherine Ryan

August 24, 2013

You helped Larry and all of us scleroderma folks to push through difficulties while loving and laughing. I'll never forget Larry at the first scleroderma walk-weak but determined and smiling all the way. Peace to you and your kids as you move forward, Katherine Ryan+

August 24, 2013

Marion, Jason and Jennifer - what a privilege, honor and blessing it is to have gotten to know Larry and all the Tuckers through this journey with scleroderma. We are so deeply sorry for your loss and you all will be in our prayers through this time of grief. Please stay in touch, you are like "family" to us inspite of this horrid disease. I can picture Larry now, up in heaven making all kinds of music in a perfect body! God bless you all.
Much aloha - Gary and Cindi Brannum (Allen, TX)

Bill Brown

August 24, 2013

Marion and Family - You all are in my prayers at this tough time. May God bless all of you and help y'all find peace.

Bob Copeland

August 22, 2013

Our condolences and prayers to and for the family of Larry Tucker. He was a fine man and a true credit to music education! He will be missed.
Bob and Anita Copeland

Old Band Wife

August 20, 2013

What a "seminar" of Four States band directors he will join in the heavenly throng! God bless his memory among us.