Lawrence Allen Spaulding 84, died February 11, 2020, at the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, New York.
Larry was born in Malone on the Ides of March, 1935, to Oral Fadden and lovingly adopted and raised by A. Pierre and Irene Allen Spaulding. He attended elementary school in Bangor, and graduated from Franklin Academy in 1952. Larry was an Eagle Scout and one of the first to receive the God and Country award.
Following graduation, Larry worked as a log cutter, and later managed the family farm in Bangor. He enlisted in the U. S. Army during the Korean War, serving on active duty as a construction equipment specialist from 1955 to 1957, and in the U.S. Army reserves until 1964 when he was honorably discharged. After leaving active duty in 1957 he returned to the woods to cut logs and drive logging trucks. In September 1958 he enrolled in the Paul Smith’s College Forestry Program, and eventually transferred to the Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science, from which he graduated in 1960, in order to join his father’s funeral business. Larry also served as Franklin County Coroner for many years.
Larry married Susan Elizabeth Burke on February 10, 1962 at the First Congregational Church, Malone, where he later served several terms as a Trustee. He and Susan have two children, Scott of Alexandria, Virginia, and Marcie and her wife Bethany of Malone.
Larry and Sue met through their mutual love of horses. In 1968 they purchased property east of Malone on Route 11 and built a horse farm. He and his family showed horses throughout the northeastern U.S. and Canada. He trained several horses that earned Registers of Merit with the American Quarter Horse Association, and judged horse shows from Quebec City to Toronto, as well as in New York State. Larry was a past Director of the Franklin County Fair, and served as Race Secretary. He was a member of the Empire State Quarter Horse Association, and served for several years as Convention Chairman.
Larry was proud of his military service and was an unswerving supporter of our men and women in uniform, as well as veterans. He was a member of American Legion Post 219, and served for several years as chairman of Scholarship and Oratorical Committee. He was also a member of Malone AMVETS Post 8, lifetime member of Franklin Trail Riders, Malone Rotary, New York State Funeral Director’s Association, North Star Lodge F&AM, Elm City Chapter Order of Eastern Star, Malone Lodge of Elks, and a former Winter Carnival chairman.
Larry and Sue purchased a camp on Lake Titus in 1965, where he enjoyed spending summers putting around the lake in his beloved pontoon boat, keeping track of the loons and watching for bald eagles.
Later in life Larry was blessed to connect with his brothers and sisters and their families: Harold and Florence Wells, John and Theresa Wells, Jerry Wells, Lucille and Bruce Bowes, and Geraldine “Peanut” and Hollis McClung. He is survived by his wife Susan, Marcie and Scott, his brothers Harold and John, his loyal business partner and companion in crime Myron “Myke” Leonard and his faithful furry companions Fritz and Dexter.
Friends and family may call at the First Congregational Church in Malone on Saturday, February 15th, from 9 to 11 a.m. with services following. Spring interment will be in the Morningside Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the North Country Honor Flight, P.O. Box 2644, Plattsburgh, New York 12901.
Arrangements are through the Spaulding Funeral Home of Malone.