Larry D. Pace

Larry D. PaceLarry Dwain Pace, age 71, long-time resident of Ridgecrest, after one last “I love you and goodnight” from daughter Jenny (half-pint), peacefully passed away on May 29, 2019.

He was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on March 5, 1948, to Vick and Betty (Bruce) Pace. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1968-74. He was a member of VFW Ship 4084 in Ridgecrest.

Dad moved to Bakersfield at an early age and attended school in Bakersfield and Pismo Beach. He was a successful contractor most of his adult life. After successfully building custom homes in Las Vegas and flooring some casinos, he tried to retire after building his last home in Chino Valley, Ariz., which he built as owner of his companies Lobo Development and Pace Construction. One of his most successful companies was San Luis Floor Design located in San Luis Obispo. Dad was considered an expert in flooring and was highly respected by the large-carpet mill owners in the South. He was an invited guest at an Augusta National Golf Tournament and also swung the sticks in Scotland. Dad enjoyed a lifetime of hobbies when he was not working 12 hours a day.

As a young man he coached peewee football and took any bet for the Dodgers. He went dove hunting when Grandma did not know, frog gigging and boar hunting. His big-boy toys were boats, motorcycles and hot-rods. Golf became special when his handicap got below 10. He was a member of San Luis Obispo Country Club and had the fastest pink golf cart with chrome wheels on the Central Coast. He even enjoyed golf in the dry heat of Las Vegas. He slowed down to fishing, NASCAR, football, watching the news (and griping to us about it), and manicuring his yard and roses.

He loved his dogs, Cole, Piglet and Nutty, and spending time with his family and friend especially around a BBQ or his smoker. Every pot of beans was his best and he loved a weekend breakfast. He was a natural flirt and had an awesome crooked smile. Anyone who really knew him knew how ornery he could be.

Larry is survived by his children, Brian (Wendy) Pace, Tanya (Shawn) Brakebill, and Jenny (Anthony) Taylor; nine grandchildren; a great-grandchild; brothers, Danny (Cheryl) Pace and Scotty (Cissy) Pace; sisters, Betty Ann (Travis) Mitchell and Bunny (Steve) Stevens; numerous nieces and nephews, and good friends, Pastor Jim Hammett, Kirk Deal and Stevie Vie.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Tommy Pace.

While family and friends will miss him greatly we rejoice in the fact that he is in Heaven with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A celebration service will be held on Friday, June 21, at 9:30 a.m. at Desert Christian Center in Ridgecrest.

Special friend Pastor Jim Hammett will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at Bakersfield National Cemetery.

— Submitted by the family of Larry Pace

Story First Published: 2019-06-07