Larry Carl Salerno

December 19, 1944March 11, 2014
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Larry Carl Salerno, Jr., 69, of Sacramento passed away suddenly at his home on Tuesday, March 11th. Larry had a zest for life and a love for music which was rivaled only by the love and devotion he felt for his wife and best friend, Robin Williams, also of Sacramento.

Larry was an exceptional jazz drummer and played both professionally and recreationally since childhood. His father, Lawrence Salerno, and his older brother, Pasquale “Pete” Salerno were his first band mates. Larry was a life member of the American Federation of Musicians as well as a member of the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society. He performed in the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee from its inception in 1961 to 2013, was a percussionist with the Sacramento Camellia Symphony, and most recently worked with the William Jessup University Wind Ensemble. Larry enjoyed a yearly pilgrimage to the Monterey Jazz Festival, and loved to travel, especially to Europe and Italy. Larry was proud of his Italian heritage and celebrated it with a love of fine wine and cooking (especially Italian food). He had a great love for nature and the outdoors. Larry enjoyed deep-sea fishing, golfing and board games, as well as reading and learning “just about everything.”

Larry was a respected professional in the field of Construction Management and was a founding partner of Anchor Engineering, Inc. A lifetime member of the American Construction Inspectors Association, he spent over 11 years with the UC Davis Department of A&E. For the past five years, Larry taught Construction Management at UC Davis Extension, using the book he himself wrote “Successfully Managing Public Works Construction Projects.” Larry was a graduate of UC Davis (BA Psychology, 1985), a goal he reached after his college education was put on hold to serve his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War.

Larry will be greatly missed by all who worked with him, played music with him, or simply had the opportunity to meet him. He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Salerno, his mother, Frances Carini Wooton, and his sister DollyAnn. He is survived by his wife Robin, his brothers Pete (Christina) and Jack (Valerie), his sister Tina (Frank), and his daughter Andrea (Ed). Larry was deeply loved by his many nieces and nephews and will be forever missed by them. Visitation will be at the Funeral Home of Nicoletti, Culjis and Herberger in East Sacramento Sunday, March 16th from 1-5pm. A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 17th at noon; reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either the Monterey Jazz Festival or the Yosemite Conservancy.

Arrangements under the direction of Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger Funeral Home, Sacramento, CA.


  • Visitation Sunday, March 16, 2014
  • Celebration of Life Monday, March 17, 2014

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Don Fritzen

August 13, 2014

I've seen Larry enjoying life. Behind his drum set, keeping a solid beat, grooving with the other musicians, the slightest of smiles visible in his eyes, then a quick glance up at his wife as she sings. Right where he wants to be. In the middle of the music. All around him.

I've seen Larry enjoying life. Coaxing life gently, patiently into his tomato sauce, knowing just how long to simmer it, then make it wait in the garage so the seasoning could bloom and marry to the tomatoes, then back on the heat to finish in time for his hungry guests already savoring an Italian red in anticipation of the "sauce".

I've seen Larry enjoying life. Waggling into position over his next shot. Determined eye on the ball. Taking a whack, but with style, watching it fly, then starting to laugh as it turns off course, landing in the weeds. It didn't matter. We trudged ahead, gabbing and happy to be outdoors, with friends, enjoying life.

I've seen Larry enjoying life. Concentrating, eyeing the portions, mixing the perfect martini with the deft touch of an alchemist, hoping for gold. Then he appears, tray in hand to proudly present and humbly serve those he loves.

At the end of the evening, there was always a warm hand shake, a loving embrace and, finally, a big smooch on the cheek. That's just Larry, enjoying life, with those he loves.

Brandy Quinn

March 19, 2014

I had the great honor of meeting "uncle" Larry back when I was just 16, he was an amazing man and always had a smile and great advice for anyone that was nearby. My heartfelt prayers are with his amazing family. Much love always,

Nina Vigil

March 19, 2014

On behalf of Camellia Symphony, I wish to express our sincerest sympathy. I remember Larry from when we both played in Camellia. Since I play viola, we didn't have many opportunities to enteract, but I do remember him as a very enjoyable person to be around. He went on to play elsewhere, but when I saw his photo, his warm smile was to be remembered.

My God bless you in your sorrow and may Perpetual Light shine upon him.

Kari King

March 18, 2014

I just heard about Larry and am very sad to lose a great friend. My thoughts and prayers are with wife Robin and family. Larry taught for my Construction Management program at UC Davis Extension for many years. He held a love and passion for everything he did. What an amazing individual and friend. He will truly be missed.

Jo Pierce

March 17, 2014

The sweetest of men. Great cook, great musician, cat lover,
beloved, romantic and dearest husband to Robin. Loyal, funny, and kindest of friends. We will never stop missing your smiling face.

Paula Swayne

March 17, 2014

We were so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He was such a wonderful man...full of life and love! His devotion to Robin was inspiring. He will be missed.

Cici Trino

March 17, 2014

One of the sweetest men I have ever known. You always made the FAR GALS feel special! Thank you, Larry, from the bottom of my heart for making our dear friend Robin so happy all these years. Heaven is "jazzed" up now that your drums are playing there.

Lawrence and Louise Salerno

March 17, 2014

Deepest sympathies to wife Robin, and all the family.

Roger Meyer

March 17, 2014

Andrea will miss her Uncle Larry Dearly as will I .
I am glad to have known such a Great Man who has left us too soon. May God be with him !

Sharon Koger

March 17, 2014

Keep playin! Here's to good times, old High school chum. Remember, the Best always have a special spot at the Table! Sharon Koger NDR class 0f '62