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Larry Milton Lines

07/01/1937 - 11/02/2016
Service Date: 11/12/2016
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gilbert 4th Ward, 1150 N. Lindsay Rd., Gilbert, AZ

Larry Milton Lines, 79, passed away peacefully in his home on November 2, 2016, in Gilbert, Arizona, in the company of close family members.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bette Marie (Davis) Lines, and his children Bradley Lines (Julie), Shellene Garner (Michael), Deniece Galvan (Michael), Catherine Lines, Jonathan Lines (Kimberly), Wade Lines, Mason Lines, Mark Lines (Raquel), Steven Lines (Jennifer) and Mary Lines.  Preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Maxine Lines, his sister, Carole Augustin, and his youngest son, Robert Phelps Lines.  He has two living brothers, Wayne and Alan Lines.  Larry was grandfather to 33 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

He was born in Maryland in 1937 where his father was attending law school.  His family moved back to their native state of Arizona, where he spent his younger years living in Graham County.  After his father returned from service in the war, they moved to Mesa, Arizona, which became Larry’s life-long hometown.

He graduated from Mesa High School in 1955, where he met the loving woman who became his wife and the mother of their 11 children.  After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Larry attended Brigham Young University graduating with a degree in finance.  He attained his master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University and spent his career employed with the City of Mesa, where he eventually retired having served over 30 years in various administrative positions.

Larry was a dedicated provider, gifted musician, avid reader and truly a man of many talents.  For a time, he co-owned a hardware store with his brother, Wayne Lines, in Mesa, Arizona.  With his wife, they built several homes, including a family cabin in the mountains near Prescott, Arizona.  He enjoyed yard work and gardening, raising a variety of animals (large and small), listening to jazz music, keeping his tools organized and being “Fun Guy” at family gatherings.  Larry was a faithful member of his church, holding numerous callings during his lifetime of church service.

His viewing will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016, from 6 – 8:00 p.m., at Bunker’s University Chapel, 3529 E. University Drive, Mesa, Arizona.  Funeral services will be Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., preceded by a visitation at 10:00 a.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel located at 1150 N. Lindsay Road, Gilbert, Arizona.  Interment will be at the City of Mesa Cemetery.



  • John and Mila Linton

    Dearest Lines family, how we love you all. Bette, our thoughts and prayers are with you at the difficult time. We know how much you adored your precious Larry. Love always, John and Mila

  • Love you guys

  • Shirley VanLeuven

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers for solace and peace for you with the passing of dear Larry. I have fond memories of fun times with Betty and Larry and Jon and I in years past when Jon was alive. He will always be remembered by my family! Hugs and love from Shirley VanLeuven

  • Deb Lines Regnaud

    Many thoughts and feelings this day as we had the opportunity to embrace as a family on earth with our family in heaven. My dad’s eldest brother was laid to rest. Uncle Larry had the sweetest bashful smile and the spirit of a giant.
    I’m going to miss giving him a hug which would be received by one of those smiles I will never forget. Love and miss you, uncle Larry. Til we meet again. Xoxo

  • Sandra Daybell Porter

    Bette, I’m was so sorry to hear of Larrys passing. I hope your children are a comfort to you and the Spirit of the Comforter is there to make this sad time as easy as possible. Sorry to miss the services, as usual we are in Mexico, but my heart is with you dear friend.

  • Betty, I am so sorry to read that Larry passed away. I had no idea or I would have gone to his funeral to give you a hug and let you know that I know what you are going through. May the Lord bless you and your family. Love you so much!

  • I worked for Larry for several years and we became good friends. We were as different as you can be but we understood each other. We will miss him.

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