Rodriguez, Lawrence “Larry”
It is with great sadness that the family of Lawrence Rodriguez, known by his friends as “Larry,” announces he peacefully passed away, in his home with his family on his side, on July 8, 2018, after a 15 month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 69 years old.
Larry was a native of Livermore and lived the majority of his life in his native city. Larry’s greatest passion was his family and classic cars. He could be seen “cruising” down First St. in Livermore in one of his classic cars daily. Larry was proud to celebrate 25 years of sobriety in February, 2018. He was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous in the local community and was very willing to share his life experiences, before and after sobriety. His friendship and support were influential to many other members in his AA group.
Larry will be forever remembered by his children, Anthony (Amanda) and Serena (Robert) Richards, and his ex-wife, Lila (Bonnie). He will also be lovingly remembered by his nine grandchildren, Justin, Brittany, Ashlyn, Joshua, Jeremiah, Christian, Ryan, McCovey & Madison. He will also be fondly remembered by his sisters, Julie (Tom) Haggar, Gerrie & Mercy (Alfredo) Gonzalez-Huerta, and by his brothers Jimmy (Alice) Huerta & Michael Huerta. He was predeceased by his parents, Ampelio & Pauline Huerta, daughters, Lisa Valentine & Adrienne, and by his son Gabriel.
A Celebration of Larry’s life will be held at 12pm, on Sunday, August 12, 2018, at his home, 306 Church St., Livermore, with Rev. Charlotte Lawson officiating. Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Larry through his GOFUNDME page, https://www.gofundme.com/Larrys-Celebration-Of-Life, to help with his cremation, memorial and memorial services.
As you probably already know our dad, Larry, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.
Late April, a growth was found through a scan that was taken from coming in with symptoms of Jaundice. The growth appeared to be just over an inch large right at the tip of his pancreas. Dad's doctor got on it right away and connected him with a surgeon and oncologist and put the ball in their hands. There was some going back and forth for longer than we had hoped, but the doctors seemed very optomistic about an operation that was set in place.
Late May, 4 weeks later, dad went in for a whipple operation that in all hopes was going to remove the existing growth and tackle this cancer. The operation was scheduled to take 4-6 hours, but within an hour and a half my brother's phone rang. The doctor called us all up for a meeting and in that instant we knew the prognosis wasn't what we wre hoping for or expecting. After opening up dad and doing some quick exploration, the surgeon found that there was new growth that had spread to the liver. A biopsy was done and it was confirmed to be a metastatic tumor and confirmed that the single growth that was seen in the initial scan had split creating new growths on other vital organs and had deemed this cancer stage 4 pancrestic cancer which made this operation we went in for to be aborted due to it, in the long run, being more harm than help.
My brother and I were the ones to share this news with dad. Let me just add, my brother is amazing... I couldn't do it. Dad took the news with some inital shock but then immediately went in to fighter mode because let's face it, Larry Rodriguez is definitely more fight than flight when it comes to any obstacles he is faced with. We remained in the hospital for about a week, so that dad's incision could heal up best it could, and he can regain some energy before being at home. We had the best village support with extended family being readily available around the clock to support my brother and I and our work schedules so that dad was never left alone.
Dad was released and able to go home and it took, almost around the clock, help to keep that man down and mellow. He was ready, at no surprise, to continue on with life.
Chemotherapy was just started and we now know it will be around 12 rounds, each round being 2 weeks. In these 2 weeks dad will have back and forth appointments for various things consuming the initial 7 days, and the last 7 days he should have some normalcy.
Now that the scoop has been shared, here is the reality of this all. We are told that with chemo, we still face a very short timeline. Although we believe with all of our heart that there truly is someone else in control and anything can happen, the experts are telling us that with dad's choice to undergo this invasive chemotherapy, it should prolong his life anywhere from 6-11 months with 9-11 being about average.
With all of this, our dad is so amazing. He is truly ready to grab the bull by the horns and live life to the fullest. He has a whole list of hopes and dreams and things he would like to do while he still can, and you can help! If you're reading this, you have most definitely probably been impacted by Larry Rodriguez. He is one-of-a-kind and though he may come across with a tough exterior, the man is one of the softest homies you'll meet. He has helped so many in so many different ways and is loved by all. Now is definitely the time to give him all the love and support we can to help him fulfill his list. If you can help, no amount is too small. Every single dime that is raised will go soley to dad and whatever needs he may have in the moment whether it be needing groceries, getting him to and from his various appointments, or simple trips to the movies. But, funds will also go to some big things he'd like to do. Some items on his list are going on a cruise, fixing his 51 Hudson Hornet, and seeing the Grand Canyon.
Thank you so much for reading, considering, and caring so much for our dad. If he loves you, we all love you.
- Karl Moore
- Gregory Pope
- Katie Jo Martinez
- Nafisa Lillie
- Kelly Woelfl
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