In Memory . . .
Larry Nelson Colligan
1939 ~ 2010
On March 18, 2010 a great man returned to his Father in Heaven after a short battle with (AML) Leukemia. Throughout his illness he remained positive, courageous and strong. His attitude was an example to all those around him. He showed us how to live each moment in life to its fullest. He was born on January 17, 1939 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Thomas and Lois Colligan. He attended South High School. He married his soul mate and best friend ReNae Stones on June 29, 1957, together they raised three children. He was a member of the LDS Church. At the time of his death, he had embraced the teachings of the Gospel. Larry and ReNae lived in California while Larry served in the U.S. Navy. They returned to Salt Lake and lived in the Canyon Rim area until the time of his death. He was most proud of being a Firefighter with the Salt Lake County Fire Department. He retired after 28 years of service. He also owned and operated his own drywall business. Throughout his life he touched many people. He was very active in little league sports, and is still known as "Coach Cooligan" to many grown men who's lives he helped mold during their younger years playing football. He loved his family dearly; he loved being a grandpa and spending time with his grandchildren. He did his best to never miss any event they were involved in. He enjoyed golfing especially with his wife. He and ReNae have spent countless hours together on the golf course. For the past 13 years, the two of them spent their winters in Yuma, Arizona where they have made many wonderful friends. Larry is survived by his wife of 53 years ReNae, children; Brenda Crockett (Dave), Brad Colligan (Rebecca), 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Siblings Patricia Mackey (Milo) Shauna Black (John) and Tom Colligan (Cheri). Preceded in death by his parents and his beloved daughter, Teresa. Funeral Services will be Thursday March 25, 2010, 12:00 noon at the LDS Stake Center on 2535 E. Newcastle Dr. (8890 So.). Friends and family may gather Wednesday evening from 6:00- 8:00 pm at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W. South Jordan Pkwy (10600 South.) and on Thursday at the church from 10:30 -11:45 am prior to services. Online condolences at www.jenkins-soffe.com
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from March 21 to March 23, 2010