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 large celebration of life party will be from 4pm-8pm at The Thirsty Dog, 3207 E. Liberty Ave, Spokane WA 99207.

You will be missed by many.

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


  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, January 26, 2019

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Joanne Scarpelli

January 26, 2019

This just cannot be... earth without my dear Larry!! I cannot believe I will not get another hug from Larry.
Larry was the kindest and sweetest man I have known. He always had time to visit and share a hug. He is just so special. I have shopped at Yokes on North Foothills Drive for many years, and have gotten to know Yokes' many employees as friends . I absolutely share the grief of the Yokes Company and its employees, and with Larry's family. We must all continue on with Larry's example of Joy and Love for each other. Yes, a Light has gone out. We lost a Dear Friend. But lets continue on in sharing our friendships together and smiling and laughing and hugging each other close. This is what Larry is all about, and this is what he wants.
God Bless Larry and all of us, his friends.
In Sympathy, Joanne Scarpelli

Michele & Sylvia Sabado

January 25, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. My mother and I were heartbroken when we found out we had lost one loving and caring soul. Mom is 96 and had to get her "Larry Fix" every time we went to the store. He truly going to be missed. God bless you and your family.

David Feldman

January 21, 2019

Larry was more like a brother that I never had. We had quite a few laughs and shared many a pint of what ever dark beer was new to try and drank many we already new were good.
We laughed most times till we cried and we laughed some more.
Larry is every bit of what being a decent human being is all about.
I truly miss my brother.

Leslie Richardson

January 21, 2019

Dear sweet Larry, I am saddened by your early exit from us all, you will be missed more stories or pictures of your custom bikes, fresh produce, & genuine laughter. Blessings my friend...

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
& the rains fall upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Bette Sopkowiak

January 18, 2019

I met Larry when he lived across the street from me. He was so proud of his custom bikes and would ride them all the time. Loved all his advice at Yokes on produce. He was so happy when Erin agreed to marry him. He showed me pictures of the ring and was so excited. Larry, you will be missed by so many people, Rest in peace my friend.

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..