Larry Stephen Chandler, passed away on August 8, 2022, after suffering multiple strokes. Larry was a loving husband and father to 8 children, as well as to Jennifer Ventura and several others whom he and his wife Edna brought into their home and loved like their own.
Larry was born in Wray, Colorado on December 31, 1938 to Jesse Stephens Chandler and Alice Juanita Hopkins Chandler. Larry lived with his parents and 3 sisters in Denver Colorado for most of Larry’s early years. In High School he was involved in many clubs and activities. Most notably, he was his class treasurer all 4 years, and he was an avid wrestler, lettering in wrestling all 4 years and even competing in the state championship. He attended 2 years of college at the University of Colorado. He then served a two and a half year mission in Northern Mexico for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He earned a B.S. degree in Physics from Brigham Young University
While at BYU, Larry met the love of his life, Edna Faye Wimmer, and married her September 6, 1963, in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. After graduation, Larry taught mathematics and coached wrestling for 2 years at Marana High School near Tucson, Arizona. In 1967, he moved his family to Falls Church, Virginia, where they lived for over fifty years.
In Virginia, Larry obtained a Master's Degree in Physics from American University in Washington D.C. and worked for David Taylor Ship Research and Development Center, researching acoustics and sonar sound reduction in submarines for the U.S. Naval Department until retirement. Outside of work, his passion for discovering the true nature and constructs of time and light led him to mathematical models expounded in his book, Relativity or Reality. Likewise, his passion for genealogy led him to author a book entitled Legacy of Two Canes.
Larry was a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved his varied church assignments, including many years of helping the Boy Scouts and working with nursery children. He loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and he loved sharing it and seeing others embrace it. He and Edna Faye served as ward missionaries for many years. They served for a year in 2013 as full time missionaries in the Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mission. Larry loved the work and the people he was able to serve in that assignment.
Larry also loved music and singing and shared that love with his children. He had a rich bass voice and sang many solos. He enjoyed singing in church choirs and sang in the Mormon Choir of Washington D.C for 25 years.
In 2018, Larry, Edna Faye and their youngest daughter Debra Sue moved to Hyrum, Utah. In Hyrum Larry remodeled their new home with the help of his children. His last days were filled with family, friends and wonderful experiences.
Larry is survived by his wife Edna Faye; his sisters Alice Korver, Nola Fitzgerald, and Jessica Lee; his children Adeana Alvarez, Stephen Chandler, Cheryl Compton, Mary Kaye Brown, Lora Lee Petty, Jeanne Anderson, Jesse Chandler, and Debra Sue Chandler; 35 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. He was a brilliant physicist and mathematician, a talented builder and innovator, and a dedicated genealogist, but most importantly to him, a disciple of Jesus Christ. We rejoice in his life of love and service and will miss him dearly.
Public Viewing will be Sunday, August 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 125 North 400 West Hyrum, Utah. Funeral services will be Monday, August 15th at 10:30 AM at the same location. Graveside Service will be at 2:00pm at Hyrum Cemetery on the hill overlooking the valley.
Those who would like to attend the funeral virtually may use the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84128020609
A VENMO account has been set up for donations to offset funeral expenses. If you would like, in lieu of sending of flowers, please consider donating to that fund. You will find it under “Larry’s Fund” at the VENMO address @TimothyArden-Compton. The last 4 of the phone number is 4737.