Former Jackson resident Lawrence “Larry” R. McCool died in the early morning of June 29 in his Victor, Idaho, home, with his wife, Pam, daughter Gwynn and granddaughter Catie by his bedside.

He was 84.

McCool’s family provided the following.

For 50 years the senior McCools lived on Fish Creek Road in Wilson, leaving for a handicapped-accessible house in Victor only after Larry suffered a serious stroke in 2008. His Jackson life included his Episcopal ministry, whitewater guiding in Wyoming and Nepal, the craft of a professional potter, and his favorite work, bus driving and caring for the Wilson School children, driving Fall Creek Road in all weather with the kids. With his wife he ran two downtown art galleries in the 1980s and ’90s and participated in countless art fairs over the years.

Larry was born in 1935 in the deep south — Jackson, Mississippi, to be exact. But the family lived in Memphis, Tennessee, where Larry’s father, Dick C. McCool, was among the first medical doctors to hold a senior psychiatric residency at Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Larry attended Memphis schools, including the University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”) and Seminary of the Southwest.

He served as Marines lieutenant and worked for Walt Disney’s first nature films, at Buena Vista Films, in his 20s. He participated in the first civil rights work in rural Mississippi during the early church burnings in the ’60s.

Larry’s 2008 stroke was large, causing left-side paralysis. Daily life became hard, but living with wide fields and views of all the mountains from his Teton Valley home was good. He especially loved watching the Big Holes from his bed.

Larry had five children: Matthew, Adam, Lex, Christopher and Gwynn. He also had eight grandchildren: A.J, Mylie, Summer, Kyle, Gidget, Drake, Catie and Michael.

His newest pride was being a great-grandfather to Jordan, Carson, and Kolton Courier, the three (and all under 7 and wonderfully wild) youngest members of his family.


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(4) comments

Gwynn McCool

It seems that my other comment was deleted. I am just pointing out that when you re-wrote my dad's obituary you omitted 2 of his grandchildren Summer and Kyle.

Melissa Cassutt Staff
Melissa Cassutt

Hi Gwynn — I received your voicemail but was unable to return the call as a number was not left. The original text submitted only included six grandchildren (I'm happy to discuss this more over the phone or off the website — please call 732-7076 and leave a return number if it goes to voicemail). We'll get the other two grandchildren into the obituary now.

Gwynn McCool

Thank you for correcting it. I have the orginal, and it's posted on the Valley Mortuary website as it was written and it clearly states eight grandchildren. It's not worth arguing over as mistakes were bound to be made since the JHNG refused to publish it as written by the family. Once again thank you for changing it to eight grandchildren. It is appreciated.

Gwynn McCool

In your changing of my dad's obituary you left out 2 of his grandkids, Summer and Kyle. Thanks.

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