Colonel Lawrence Beach Farnum 1/10/21-11/08/14 We love and will miss you always! Larry was born in Ashley, Michigan to Russell and Ila Farnum. Larry's parents then moved to Saginaw, Michigan, where he grew up. Larry graduated from Saginaw High School in 1938. He received his BS degree from Michigan College of Mining and Technology in 1941. Larry was employed as a mining engineer by M.A. Hanna until World War II started on December 7, 1941. Larry immediately applied to be an aviation cadet in the Army Air Corp. He became a Second Lieutenant on March 7, 1942. Larry met his wife, Jeanne Seaman, when he was a student at Michigan Tech. They were engaged in February 1943. Larry was immediately deployed to Australia to save that country from the imminent invasion of the Japanese fleet. After three years in the South Pacific, he returned home and married Jeanne on January 12, 1946. Larry resumed his mining profession and was out of the military for 3 years. Before the Korean War, Larry and Jeanne had their first three children: Donna, Joan, and Jeff. With the war looming, Larry returned to the military in December 1948. Larry was deployed to Korea in July 1950. While serving in the Army during the Korean War, 75% of his engineer combat battalion was KIA or MIA. Larry was the ranking survivor and assumed command of his troops. Larry received the Silver Star, at least 2 Legion of Merits, and Bronze Star for his outstanding service and bravery. He continued to serve in the military in Turkey, Germany, Vietnam, and Washington DC. After Larry's return from Korea, Larry and Jeanne had three more children: Diane, Debbie and Pam. Larry received advanced degrees from two universities and attended several military colleges. He retired from the Army as a full Colonel stationed at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona in 1968. Larry continued his mining career with a final tour as the general manager of the Sarcheshmeh Copper Mine in south central Iran. His final years working as an engineer were spent in Colorado. Larry spent most of his retirement years living in Summit County, Colorado and Tucson, Arizona. He and his wife skied often and served as Ambassadors for Copper Mountain Ski Resort. He spent much of his life volunteering and received many outstanding citizen awards. Larry received his Eagle Scout at the first Boy Scout Jamboree attended by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1937. Scouting was an important part of his life. He earned the Silver Beaver award and served as President of the Catalina Boy Scout Council for southern Arizona. Larry is a Paul Harris fellow in Rotary and earned the Cliff Docherman award. Larry also enjoyed singing in the church choir, skiing, and playing bridge. Larry and Jeanne celebrated 68 years of marriage last January. Larry is survived by Jeanne; six children, Donna and Dr. Tom Cole, Joan and Cal Rooker, Jeff and Jacqui Heiting Farnum, Diane and Dr. Steve Woodworth, Debbie and Bill Torrence, and Pamela Farnum; thirteen grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. Larry will always be remembered as a man with the utmost integrity and compassion.