Larry E. Smith III

May 1, 1972January 1, 2019
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After a week of efforts, heaven has taken an angel far too soon.

A solider, son, brother and more affectionately known, Uncle Larry, left our ranks after a catastrophic brain injury following cardiac arrest on Christmas evening. He succumbed to these injuries on January 1, 2019 surrounded by his closest family and friends. His life will live on through multiple organ and tissue donations. His love and compassion for others was unmatched.

As a lifelong resident of Spokane, Larry could be found riding his custom cruising bicycles around Spokane, enjoying the darkest ale any brew-house could offer or artfully preparing and caring for the produce section and customers at Yokes. Never without his smile, and never lacking a good laugh or ten throughout his interactions. After working at Yokes for 20 years, Larry did not see his co-workers and the hundreds of customers he loved to interact with and knew so well as friends, but rather his extended family.

Larry is survived by his Mother, Karen Gray, Spokane; Sister, Angela Coffman, Spokane; Brothers Rob Hagensen, Phoenix and Steven Fury, Spokane; fiancé, Erin Von Lehe and her Daughter Gabby along with countless other family and friends.

Larry, the void left in our hearts are too vast to ever fill. May your smile forever light up our memories and your infectious laugh never go silent. You will live on in others which proves your love and compassion will never leave us. Your heartbreak is done, the dance over. A Private memorial will be held by invite only later this week. A large celebration of life party will be announced shortly via his memorial page at

You will be missed by many.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for Larry's family.


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Janice Stripes

January 16, 2019

I returned home from Israel to learn that my favorite produce guy at Yokes was gone. It makes me so sad. I looked forward to seeing him, sharing a hug, a laugh, a memory of places traveled or family stuff. Larry was a good listener and loved his customers. His customers loved him also. Larry used to sing in the produce department when I first met him. I loved it. He was always a joy to be around. Rest in Peace, Larry.

Val and Rod Vonlehe

January 10, 2019

What a gift that Larry gave us when he and Erin and Gabby decided to spend their lives together. We welcomed him with open arms. An amazing man, comforter and a SOLID role model for Gabby. He made our lives so much easier knowing Erin and Gabby were in good company. Our family get together will never be the same. Rest In Peace, Larry. We have loved you as our own! You are missed!!

Angie Coffman

January 9, 2019

We are having a celebration for Larry on January 26th at the Thirsty Dog 3027 E Liberty Ave, Spokane, WA 99207. From 4pm - 8pm. Food provided. Please come join us and share memories with everyone.

Mary Mitchell

January 8, 2019

Mary Mitchell

January 8, 2019

Larry was a genuine person. He always made you feel welcome. He would always greet you with that infectious smile. The world will never be the same. Stephen will miss his Beer Pong partner. We will truly miss our dear friend. Till next time we meet Larry. Love you..

Josh Rogere

January 8, 2019

Starlett Ott

January 8, 2019

I meet Larry at Jackson Street bar and grill almost 3 years ago. He. Was a very sweet guy, always having fun laughing and joking around with others always had a smile on his face. He will be missed. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Starlett

Elise Shmoorkoff

January 8, 2019

Larry was such a joy to be around. He always managed to brighten my day. He will be missed by so many.

Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers.

Paul Soto

January 8, 2019

I met Larry at Yokes years ago when I was a merchandiser for the Odom Corp. we became friends instantly, he was one of the most honest and trusting people I have known.
I loved talking about music, his bike hobby, and drinking dark beers. I will miss hearing his loud laughter and great sense of humor.
Larry will truly be missed by many.
My prayers and condolence to the family.

Ashley Steinhart

January 7, 2019

I was a customer at Yokes, and knew Larry for the last 10 years or so. He was my "produce guy" and that means something to me. He got all my questions, had all the answers. We laughed and joked, talked about the weather, about places to hike. He watched my kids grow up and noted when they got as tall as he was. I joked that they were built of his green beans. He told me when he got engaged... so happy and proud he was! So excited!

Today I stood and cried in the carrots. Yes, I saw Larry once a week for 10 years, and only knew him in that one place. But he was part of my community, part of my week, someone I looked forward to seeing, someone I liked a lot. My heart is with all of you as you face his loss. It is my sincere hope that you will have some memorial that can be attended by his work community.... his co-workers, and his customers. We will miss him.