1411 Broadway St. Lubbock, Texas 79401
The family of Larry Barker will celebrate his life of 78 years at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at the First United Methodist Church, Bowman Chapel, in Lubbock, Texas. He passed on Monday, April 25, 2022, after a long battle with Covid. We invite you to view the live-streamed service and sign his virtual guestbook here on this page. We also ask that you consider viewing his Life Tribute, a video of photographs set to his favorite music.
On May 7, 1943, Larry Allen was born to Foster and Phyllis Barker in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He married Marian Gray on March 18, 1978, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Larry is a graduate of Dolores High School in Colorado. The day after his high school graduation, he enlisted in the Army. He served from 1961 to 1963 and then four more years in the Army Reserves. While in the Army he played football for the 5th Army Division at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After his military service, he majored in physical education and played football at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. He then attended Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. His coaching career started in Colorado and worked its way to Texas. In Texas, he coached at Amhearst, Shallowater, Lubbock ISD, and Texas Tech where he taught exercise and sports science. After retiring from his coaching career, golf became his passion, winning several partnerships and individual tournaments. His most memorable golf victory included winning the 2020 T-Par-T Golf Tournament at Lubbock Country Club with his partner Donny Stelzer. This tournament turned out to be his last.
He was preceded in death by his father, Foster Barker, and his mother, Phyllis Barker. He is survived by his wife, Marian Barker; siblings, Jim Barker and Carolyn Barker; sisters-in-law, Linda Barker and Charlene Barker; nephew Wally (Mari) Barker, great-niece, Alex Barker; niece, Tracy Agrafus (Publio); and special friends, Donny Stelzer and Jim Stephens.
In lieu of donations, Larry requested that you put your money into your gas tank.