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Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

3220 South 31st Street, Temple, TX

OBITUARY

Lawrence Duane Mann

April 9, 1935January 19, 2020
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Lawrence Duane Mann, age 84, was born April 9, 1935, in Camden, AR to the late Douglas Oliver Mann and Oda Marie Cromwell Mann. He accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of the church of Christ. He graduated from Bastrop High School in 1953 and attended Abilene Christian College from 1953-1955.

Larry said that his life did not begin until he married Zerita Jane McAlister in Greenville, TX on August 10, 1957. They were blessed with four children. Larry joined the Navy in 1955 and became a Naval aviator in 1957, until his retirement in 1977. During his Naval career, he flew fixed wing aircraft and rotary wing aircraft from 6 different aircraft carriers.

Upon his retirement from the Navy, he moved his family o Texarkana, TX and returned to college at Eastern Texas State University. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1980 and went on to earn an MBA and a Master of Science in Psychology. Using his Psychology degree, he worked for Big Spring State Hospital. He retried from the Robertson Maximum-Security Prison in Abilene, TX in 2001.

Larry is survived by his wife of 62 1/2 years, Zerita Mann, Four children and spouses, Jeff and Karen Mann of Palmdale, CA; Drew and Linda Zagorski of Beaverton, OR; Scott and Lezlie Mann of Salado, TX and James and Jessica Mann of Austin, TX; and his six grandchildren, which he considered his "extra special treasure", Kristi, Josh, anna, Tess, Jaden and Zalie.

After a long struggle with Alzheimer's, Larry passed on Sunday, January 19 in the year of our Lord two-thousand twenty. A visitation will be held from 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Friday, January 24, 2020 with a funeral service to follow at 3:00pm at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Temple, Texas with Military Honors. Burial will be held at 2:00pm on February 4, 2020 at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Killeen, TX. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to Arms of Hope and the Christian Service Center.

A visitation for Lawrence will be held Friday, January 24, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Temple, Texas. A funeral service will occur Friday, January 24, 2020 at 3:00 PM, Temple, Texas. A burial will occur Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Killeen, Texas. A burial will occur at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Killeen, Texas.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.crawfordbowerstemple.com for the Mann family.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jeff Mann, Active Pallbearer
  • Scott Mann, Active Pallbearer
  • Drew Zagorski, Active Pallbearer
  • James Mann, Active Pallbearer
  • Josh Mann, Active Pallbearer
  • Jaden Mann, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Burial Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Memories

Lawrence Duane Mann

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Virginia Whitten Carden

January 23, 2020

Dear Zerita,
My thoughts and prayers are with you! Larry was such a kind man to me and our family! I treasure the memories of being with the two of you, especially when Mom and I came to Texas for our "cousin reunions." May you and your family be blessed with God's comfort and strength. I love you.
Virginia

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Grandpa with the Zagorski girls

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Grandpa with Anna

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Dad so proud of Linda!

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All the manly Manns

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Captain Larry Mann in his dress whites with the rest of the Mann clan

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The sweet beginnings of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Mann

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Beautiful Zerita escorted by her father to her vows

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Grandpa with the Zagorski girls

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Grandpa with Anna

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Dad so proud of Linda!

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All the manly Manns

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Captain Larry Mann in his dress whites with the rest of the Mann clan

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The sweet beginnings of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Mann

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Beautiful Zerita escorted by her father to her vows

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Vows for a lifetime commitment

Biography

Lawrence Duane Mann was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. Everyone called him Larry. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

His parents were Doug & Marie Mann. Larry was raised in Camden, AR & Bastrop, LA. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

Growing up in the Mann household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Larry was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Larry was raised with 1 older sister, Glynatta. Larry and his sister may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Larry was always consistently loyal to his family.

As a young child, Larry was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Larry developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Larry played football. In his spare time he liked to build model airplanes. However, what Larry enjoyed most was a good book.

While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Larry as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Bastrop High School in 1953. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was math. Larry's memorable achievements included winning an architectural contest for a building design. Larry was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Larry always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

College life brought with it a new set of challenges, but Larry handled them well. Being a critical thinker who always remained intellectually independent, Larry was able to focus on the task at hand in order to complete his class work. He seemed to thrive on college reading assignments, something that often bogged down his classmates. Larry was able to read the material and retain the information in a way that impressed his fellow classmates. The ability to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served Larry well during his college experience. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. He also pursued graduate school, earning both a Master's degree in Business Administration and in Psychology.

On August 10, 1957 Larry exchanged wedding vows with Zerita Jane McAlister in a crumbling Church of Christ in Greenville, TX. Compassionate and devoted to Zerita, Larry held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Zerita and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

Larry brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, firm yet fair in his dealings. He would listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Larry was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Larry was blessed with 4 children: 3 sons, Jeff, Scott and James, and 1 daughter, Linda. He was also blessed with 6 grandchildren: Kristi (and her husband, Stephen), Josh, Anna, Tess, Jaden, and Zalie.

Larry greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Larry enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Larry was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was a Navy pilot. He was in the Navy for 22 years. After retirement from the military and earning two graduate degrees, he worked at the Big Spring State Hospital, in Big Spring, Texas, for 10 years and the Robertson Maximum-Security Prison, in Abilene, Texas, for 6 years. Larry worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Larry was a Navy veteran. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Larry seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.

Larry liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Larry always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were reading, model railroading, building model military aircraft and flower gardening. Larry was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Larry found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Larry played football. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Top on his list was football.

Many organizations were grateful to have Larry as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Larry was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. Throughout his later years, Larry was a member of the Association of MBA Executives, Inc. and the National Association of Accountants.

Larry was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member of the Church of Christ throughout his life. He and his family were active members at a church throughout all his military moves. After retiring from the military, he moved with his wife and youngest son, James, to Andrews, Texas and were members at the Andrews Church of Christ for 10 years. Later he and Zerita moved to Abilene, Texas and became active members of the University Church of Christ for 20 years. During that time, he was active in a care group and was a Bible class teacher. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

Larry sought out practical solutions, not individual recognition. He was grounded and objective, feeling a strong sense of responsibility for taking care of what needed to be done. This selfless attitude earned Larry many accolades for his efforts and achievements. His boss at the Big Spring State Hospital said that Larry did the work of three people.

Larry enjoyed camping with his family. They had a small camper on the back of a pickup truck that slept six. More than once, grandparents joined them and they squeezed eight in that tiny camper!

Larry was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Larry’s favorites was Blackie, a cocker spaniel. His family was rounded out by his German shepherd, Max, and cats.

When Larry’s retirement finally arrived in 2001, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. He retired for a second time, this time from the state of Texas and remained in Abilene, TX for 14 more years. In retirement, he found new pleasure in reading, gardening flowers and church. Even in retirement, Larry continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his church and felt fulfilled.

Larry Duane Mann passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Baylor Scott and White Hospital, Temple, TX at 6:55am. Larry struggled with Alzheimer's for about 6 years. Ultimately, he fell on December 26th, broke his hip and never recovered. He is survived by his wife, Zerita; his children, Jeff, Linda, Scott and James and his grandchildren, Kristi and her husband, Stephen, Josh, Anna, Tess, Jaden and Zalie. Services were held at the Crawford-Bower Funeral Home in Temple, TX. Larry was laid to rest in the Central Texas National Veteran's Cemetery on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 2pm.

Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Lawrence Duane Mann. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.