Lorenz “Larry” Steer
With profound sadness for a life well lived, we announce the passing of Lorenz “Larry” Steer on Feb. 14, surrounded by his loved ones. Born Jan. 7, 1939, Larry was known for his quick wit; his larger-than-life laugh; his strong presence, whether writing, directing, or acting in community theater; or his passionate pursuit of any cause near and dear to his heart.
An entrepreneur from early on, he parlayed his skills into the plastics industry where he pioneered a successful engineering company. Upon retirement, he continued in sales and ultimately became a “kind, kick-butt” personal fitness trainer until the age of 80.
Larry took great pride in his children and grandchildren, mentoring them in a style only “Papa” or “Pops” could pull off. He loved traveling, whether to Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, or, most recently, to his bucket list, Panama Canal. Also on that love list was his many summers spent entertaining at the family’s cabin in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., as well as his dedication to his grandchildren’s baseball travels around the country.
Larry is survived by his wife Sue; his children: Robyn (Jeff) Hamilton of Newport Beach, Calif.; Darla (Vince) Irizarry of Costa Mesa, Calif.; and Chris (Dana) Steer of Long Beach, Calif.; and his grandchildren: Marlena, Jeffrey, and Sara Hamilton and Connor (Cassie), Tyler (Shannon), Spencer, and Trevor Steer.
A private memorial service will be held in Buckeye, Ariz. Friends may sign the memorial guest book at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.
Celebrate Larry’s life by donating to the Animal League of Green Valley, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Green Valley, St. Mary’s Food Bank, or a charity of your choice.