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Death: Larry Kim Kennick

Larry Kim Kennick, age 38, passed away peacefully on Feb. 16, 1998 at the University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, after a 12 year struggle with cardiac transplantation.

Larry was born on October 13, 1959 in Price, Utah to William and Doris Jensen Kennick. On August 25, 1979, he married his best friend and love of his life, Dee Ann Burton at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Helper, Utah. Larry was a lover and giver of life. He touched each and every person he ever met in some special way. He had a tremendous sense of compassion, caring and love for life, especially for his family and friends.Larry attended Carbon County schools, graduated from Carbon High School in 1977. He worked for Cyprus Plateau Mining until he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and received his first cardiac transplant in Sept. of 1985. While on disability form Plateau Mining, he was able to complete and receive a degree in Business from the College of Eastern Utah. He then returned to work as a buyer for Cyprus. He had achieved a goal he worked so hard for. In October of 1994, he again received his second cardiac transplant. Larry overcame that hurdle and once again made medical history.

During his short lifetime he accomplished more than anyone can imagine. He was a fighter and a survivor and most importantly, he taught his family these most important traits.

Larry was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, loved the mountains where he felt closest to his creator, and was very talented at the art of taxidermy.

Most of all he loved just being with his two best friends, his sons, Dustin and William, teaching them all he could about life, its joys, its fears, its trials and tribulations, and its happiness. Larry's spirit will be alive forever in all of those he loved so dearly.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Dee Ann; sons, Dustin Kim and Larry William; mother, Doris Bottoms, Price; two brothers, three sisters and their spouses, Bill and Kay Kennick, Price; Lois and Bob Hanson, Vernal; Virginia Wiseman, Aurora; Elaine and Frank Compagni, Price; Jim and Betty Kennick, Rockford, Tenn.; along with many aunts, uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, William; grandparents, and his favorite father-in-law, Carly Burton.

Larry will be deeply missed by all who were lucky enough to share a part of his life, his wonderful sense of humor and the man who was always considered "one of a kind."

Funeral Mass will be Saturday, Feb. 21, 1998, 10 a.m. St Anthony's Catholic Church, with Vigil services Friday, 7 p.m. Family will be at the church one hour prior to services. Friends are welcome at Mitchell's daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Committal services, Mt. View Cemetery, Helper, Utah.

WHEN I MUST LEAVE YOU

When I must leave you for a little while Please do not grieve and shed wild tears And hug your sorrow to you through the years. But start out bravely with a gallant smile; And for my sake and in my name Live on and do all things the same. Feed not your loneliness on empty days, But fill each waking hour in useful ways. Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer And I in turn will comfort you And hold you near; And never, never be afraid to die, For I am waiting for you in the sky!

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