Dr. Larry Allen Esvelt

October 19, 1938April 25, 2011

Larry Esvelt passed away on April 25 at his home. His last day was an Easter Sunday and he spent it in his favorite way, with his beloved wife and surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was born on October 19, 1938 in Spokane, WA to Howard and Clara Esvelt, and grew up the eldest of six brothers, on his family farm outside of Daisy, WA. After receiving his degree with honors in Civil Engineering from Washington State University, he married Sherry Kay Maize in 1962. Larry went on to UC Berkeley for his Masters and PhD, and in 1976 he opened his own firm, Esvelt Environmental Engineering. Larry’s greatest joy was his family, and he was blessed with three children Kathy, Mark, and Erik, and seven grandchildren. His work in environmental engineering took him first around the Pacific Northwest and eventually around the world, designing, consulting and accrediting. Larry was a devoted member of his church and an active supporter of his community as well as a tireless member of numerous professional organizations. He was a golden glove boxer, an avid pilot, and a superb skier. He will always be remembered for his integrity, generosity and leadership. He was a wonderful father, a true friend, and great man, and he will be missed by us all. Larry is survived by his five brothers, his wife and children. The memorial service will take place on Monday May 2, 2011 at 1:00pm, at Millwood Presbyterian Church.


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Dr. Larry Allen Esvelt

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John Finnegan, Steve Burchett, and all our staff

October 13, 2011

The staff of Budinger & Associates misses Larry greatly. Our goal was to emulate Larry in the application of science to solve problems (not just study them), exercise good judgement, and behave professionally in all endeavors. We believe his legacy will only grow stronger through the years.

Roger Dolan

July 6, 2011

I knew Larry as a student, practicing engineer in Central Washington and as one who actively supported the professionalism of the field through his work with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He was truly a leader, a gentleman and an exceptional engineer. He will be missed.

Paul Klatt

May 4, 2011

My thoughts of Larry are simple: calm, thoughtful, intellegent, full of integrity and sincerity. Attendance of Larry's service and viewing this photo collage only deepened and broadened that view.

Nothing can fill that hole in the heart Larry's passing leaves us with. That hole is also a place where we store very precious things, things that we need today, tomorrow and throughout our lives. Thank you Larry.

May 4, 2011

I have known Larry for 45 years. He was very patient and taught me vast information about water environmet. I will miss him very much.

A devoted friend,

Herb Hart

May 3, 2011

Larry will be missed by all who knew him. If the measure of a man is not what he has but what he leaves behind.....Larry was a giant of a person, of an engineer and of a leader in his community/family. My condolences go out to the family of Larry Esvelt.
Dale Baune, PE
Coeur d'Alene

Christine & Tom Clark

May 3, 2011

Larry Esvelt, thanks for your open welcome regarding environmental engineering concerns. You and your family contribute wonderful caring and helpfulness on this complicated planet.

May 2, 2011

The staff at GeoEngineers send their heartfelt and deepest condolences to Larry's family. After working with Larry on several projects over the past few years, we found him to be not only an exceptional engineer, but a gentleman in every respect. We will miss his technical and professional leadership.

Bill Huibregtse

May 2, 2011

I had the privilege of knowing and working with Larry for the past 35 years on many wastewater projects in Central Washington. Larry was a man of great character and always exhibited caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in all his endeavors. Larry was a giant in his field of expertise while remaining a humble gentleman whose greatest joy was his family. I will truly miss Larry and will think of his smiling face and even disposition when approaching a solution to problems. My sympathies go out to Larry's family in this difficult time. Thank you for sharing Larry with the rest of us.

May 2, 2011

Cathy and Family.

What a jolt it was today when I read about the death of your father. We shared the same year of our birth and our marriages. It was a real pleasure working with him as a consultant on environmental projects. He was a true professional in environmental engineering. I will remember him for his warm smile and his dedication to his profession, community, and family. I will miss him dearly. Dave and Trish Bezdicek, Pullman, WA.

Deborah Bisenius

May 2, 2011

Be Still

Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.