Lawrence Van Allen Deshayes

September 17, 1948 ~ February 2, 2019 (age 70)


Lawrence Van Allen Deshayes, 70, passed away on February 2, 2019 in Mesquite, NV. Larry was born on September 17, 1948 in San Mateo, CA to Lawrence Vern Deshayes and Theresa Allene Kelly. Larry was raised in Bangkok, Saigon, and later Honolulu, HI. He and his family had traveled around the world many times as they moved from place to place following his father’s work. After graduating from James Campbell High School in 1967, Larry joined the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Germany until he was honorably discharged in 1970. He worked and studied for a few years before transferring to the University of Hawaii. He graduated in 1978 with a degree in Computer Science and worked for many years as a programmer and analyst. He enjoyed spending time with the "Lunch Bunch", a group of co-workers he spent much time with.

Larry loved airplanes and endeavored to become licensed as a small airplane pilot. He spent part of his weekends with his "flying buddies" of the Leeward and Windward Radio Control Flying Club. He was an avid photographer; avid reader, and spent much of his time learning of military history. He enjoyed shooting and reloading ammunition. Larry was known as a very careful person, and enjoyed having his tools placed in the correct spot. He also inherited the family gene of woodworking, and would spend time with his brother, Jim, to improve his own abilities. He loved his family and was invested in their lives, often giving unsolicited advice.

Larry is survived by his mother; Theresa (Herbert) Foster, his brother; Jim (Lorraine) Deshayes, his sister; Denise (John) MacKinnon, his four nieces; and his eleven grand-nieces and nephews. Larry is preceded in death by his father; Lawrence V. Deshayes, and his brother; Phillip Deshayes.

Larry will be cremated and his remains taken to his home in Hawaii. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in their Guest Book at

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