Larry Milton Buxton, husband, father, and friend, passed away October 12, 2021, surrounded by his loving family, in the home on Vashon Island that he designed and built more than fifty years ago. Larry was born May 31, 1939, at the Payson City Hospital in Payson, Utah to Milton Lewis and Zelda Steele Trotter Buxton. He grew up on his family farm in Goshen, Utah. It was on the farm where he learned the values he passed on to his children. He attended Payson High School where he was president of the class of 1957. He had fond memories of playing saxophone in the concert band and was voted best dressed in his class. Larry went on to attend the University of Utah in Salt Lake City majoring in Electrical Engineering and graduated from Salt Lake School of Electronics. He moved to Seattle, Washington in 1962 to work at The Boeing Company. Seattle is where he met the love of his life, Lyn Elizabeth Jordan. After a short courtship they were married on July 17, 1965. Soon after, they moved to North Dakota, where he worked for Boeing on the Minuteman Missile program. Boeing transferred him back to Seattle in 1966. It was then that Larry & Lyn decided to settle on Vashon Island. As a child Lyn spent most summers on Vashon with her aunt, Jeanette Albright. Being from a small town in Utah, he fell in love with the rural life on Vashon.
Larry & Lyn were blessed with three handsome sons, Daron L. Buxton (Tami), Kyle W. Buxton (Amber), McKee L. Buxton (Crystal) and two beautiful daughters, Teresa L. Buxton, and Charon E. Buxton Sprague (Richard). Larry was also blessed with nine grandchildren: Casey Buxton (Maggie Smith), Catelyn Buxton Alumbaugh (Jacob), Harley Buxton Allred (Aaron), Mason Buxton, Perry Buxton, Blake Kendrick (Keely), Madison Kendrick, Riley Buxton, and Tucker Buxton, and great-grandson Alexander Alumbaugh. Two more great-grandchildren will be born in December.
Larry was an incredibly hard worker and man of principle. He led by example and was always eager to share his knowledge of electronics and anything mechanical. He could design, build, and fix anything. Larry lived a life of service on many levels. He gave of his time freely and never hesitated to help, no matter how large of a project was involved. He blesses so many with his service.
After leaving Boeing in 1968, Larry went to work for Harmon, Pray and Detrich Architects and later worked for Pacific Car and Foundry (PACCAR). He worked as a Design Engineer for K2 Corporation for 29 years until production moved to China. He made two trips to China to facilitate set up of the new manufacturing operation there. The last 5 years of his engineering career were spent at Pacific Research Laboratories.
Larry was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He faithfully served wherever he was called. After retirement, he and Lyn served a two-anda-half-year service mission at the Bishop’s Storehouse in Kent, Washington.
Larry was proceeded in death by his parents, his brother Maston Trotter, and sister Beverly Buxton Morgan. He is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren as well as his sister Lorna Buxton Hannifin (Tim) of Eureka, Utah. Larry took comfort in the knowledge that his family will be together forever.
Thank you to “The Girls” from hospice who took such loving care of Larry in his final weeks. He always looked forward to their visits.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Vashon Cemetery. All are welcome.