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Larry League Obituary – Estes Park, CO (1945-2020)


Larry League, 74, of Estes Park, Colorado, died at his home of mesothelioma on June 2. Larry was born on July 14, 1945 at Wesley Hospital, Wichita, Kansas, the son of Harold and Leva League. He grew up for the first nine years in the town of Furley, northeast of Wichita. In 1955 he moved with his parents to Salina, Kansas. During Junior and Senior High School, music was Larry’s passion playing the clarinet and saxophone. After graduating from Salina High School, Larry joined the Navy and spent a year at the Navy School of Music in Washington DC, then two years as a musician assigned to the Admiral in charge of the US Atlantic Fleet. During his service, he served in the honor guard for the funerals of President Kennedy and General MacArthur, marched in a Marti Gras parade, played the national anthem at Fenway Park before a Red Sox baseball game, and played for many dignitaries in North -Europe and the Caribbean. After completing his military service, Larry attended the University of Kansas and earned a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and the coursework for his doctorate in physical geography with minors in geology and meteorology. In 1971 he met and married Alice Gray, a native of LaGrange, IN. After working for an airline and as human resources director for St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, Kansas, Larry landed a job teaching geography/geology at Dickinson State University, Dickinson, North Dakota, where he taught as an associate professor for 22 years. senior lecturer. During the summers he became a private dinosaur hunter in southwestern North Dakota and eastern Montana. After acquiring many fossils, rocks and minerals over the years, he retired from teaching and, with his wife Alice, built the 14,000-square-foot Dakota Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson in 1994 to house their extensive collection. They operated the nonprofit museum during the summers for 22 years, attracting more than 425,000 delighted guests. Since 1995, Larry and Alice spent the remainder of each year at their winter home in Estes Park, attending the many events of the Newcomers and Columbines social groups, and he enjoyed morning coffee at the Mountaineer CafĂ© for many years. In Estes, Larry was a life member of the Art Center of Estes Park, a member of KBB, Aviation Club and American Legion Post 119. When he retired full-time in 2015, he spent much of his time typing the memoir of him and his father enjoying the beauty of the Estes Park area. His parents preceded Larry in death. He is survived by his wife, Alice of 49 years, his brother, Alvin (Evelyn) League, three nieces, Kathleen (Bill Martin) League, Linda (Rick) Hanson and Loralee (Jeff) Tibbets all of Salina, KS. Additionally, his half-sister, Betty Jean Vislay of Claremont CA, along with three nieces and a nephew. In lieu of a service, Larry asks friends and family to spend a whole day maintaining a positive attitude and making the world a better place to live and enjoy life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Art Center of Estes Park, or to the American Legion Post 119 in care of Allnutt Funeral Services, 1302 Graves Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517. See