Larry Charles LaBorde, 72, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2019, at the Lincoln Community Hospital after a long bout with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other health issues. He was born March 7, 1947, in Hugo, Colorado, to Laurence “Shorty” and Mildred (Clark) LaBorde. After high school Larry attended Denver Automotive & Diesel College while working part time building transmissions. After graduation, he returned to Hugo and opened a garage on the west side of town for a few years then later moved his business to a larger garage on the east side where he ran a machine/welding shop and had a wrecker/towing service. Larry was gifted mechanically and very creative, a whiz at fixing virtually anything mechanical. He was also a volunteer fireman, ambulance driver and was a substitute Town Marshal in Hugo when needed. He was particularly proud of the Model A that he rebuilt and refurbished as well as his parade car which could rear up on its back wheels and spin around, a most exhilarating ride.
Larry married Connie Clark, daughter of Rex and Betty Clark, on August 28, 1971, in Hugo. They had two children, Tanya and Lann.
Larry married Norene (Frederick) Larson, daughter of Lloyd and Opal (Briley) Frederick on May 24, 1987, in Limon. Larry and Norene made their home in Limon where Larry worked for RockBuilt Construction as a mechanic and equipment operator. One of their jobs that Larry spoke of often was building the runway for the Saratoga, Wyoming airport. He also worked at Big A Auto Parts in Limon as a mechanic and parts person and handled small engine repair at Hoffman Drug.
His MS symptoms began showing up while he was a young man and gradually accelerated to where he was limited to his electric wheelchair which he drove all over town like a race car, but he kept a good attitude, was always busy and had a large garden which he loved. He and Norene canned fruit, jams, vegetables and various relishes, the hotter the better in Larry’s mind. After moving into the nursing home in Hugo he planted and tended the plants and flowers around its large patio and grew peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, etc., in the small greenhouse. Larry loved living in Hugo and looked forward to visiting with people when he was out and about in town, at social events and most importantly during county fair.
Larry is survived by his wife, Norene, and his sister, Janice Routh of Centennial; Larry’s children Tanya Fell (CJ) of Haigler, Nebraska, their triplets Coy, Rex and Gillian; Lann LaBorde (Dominica) of Johnstown, their children Madison, Cody, Logan, Gabe, and Landry; Norene’s children Carol Jaques (Terry) of Limon, their sons Rick (Tonya), their children McKinzie Mason, Brook and Abby; Ryan (Bethany), their son Aaron; Debbi Haflich (Doug) of Peculiar, Missouri, daughter Jennifer Hoose (Michael), children Logan, Henry, Charlie and Jaycee; and Rob Larson (Stacy) of Genoa, their sons James and Kaden.
Memorial contribution can be made to the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center, Hugo Fire Protection District or the Country Living Learning Center.