Lawrence Godfrey Christian Rayner
26MAR 1944 - 09FEB 2020
Larry entered the world during World War II in London, UK with the sounds of air raid bomb sirens in the back ground. Born to Eileen Ward.
He lived an adventure filled life.......
1948 He and his mother moved to Cannes/Grasse, France.
Which he had many fond memories.
1949 He rode a float in a parade for the Tour de' France
1954 Him and his mother sailed to Ellis Island New York with his two stuffed bears Boirzzi & Alexander.
Only speaking fluent French.
1955 They relocated to Boston
1956 Setting up permanent residence in Los Angeles CA, where he met and married Betti Jormat in 1964
1970 He began his "Mountain Man" Life in Forrest Falls, San Bernardino Mountains.
For eight wonderful years he worked on his cabin in the woods, building more and more rooms as each of his 5 children were born.
1978 He and his family relocated to Bartlesville, Oklahoma for a new job opportunity.
1983 He started is own company Associated Consultants and Programmers (ACAP), making Tulsa his final stop.
1994 He followed the Tour de' France riding in front of the daily rides.
Coming full circle from his float ride in 1949
1995 Married Katrina Lawmaster-Tackett
He has traveled extensively visiting over 100 countries, either pedaling his bicycle or on snow skis. Making many friends along the way. Never meeting a stranger, even if they did not speak the same language. Sharing a cigarette or a local beer with his fascinating new friends. Giving him "people" stories to tell about each trip. He enjoyed buying and selling collector cars. Showing them in car shows, winning first place with his Austin Healey. He raced at Hallet in his Porsche and Corvette.
He was proceeded in death by his son Jason
Larry is survived by his wife Katrina Rayner; children Lauren, Candice, Aaron, Andrea & Philip; ten grandchildren Rochelle, Tristian, Max, Jake, Jace, Alex, Corbin, Lincoln, Owen and Rachel.
Larry was a man of intention, always working on a household project or planning his next adventure. Riding his bike or buying another sports car. As well as enjoying his volunteer work with his court appointed Saint Bernard Morgan and Bullet. Quick with wit --well read -- A "man's man" and had friends from every walk of life. With strong love of his family, friends and country. Larry is not gone, only on to his next adventure. Traveling without us, but no doubt making new friends.
Larry's wish for each of you...Live with no regret's -- No "if only's" -- Do it your way. Be Happy, Healthy and Hopeful Until we meet again -- SCPM