Obituary: Larry M. Rose

Larry M. Rose

Larry M. Rose of Lindsay, Calif. passed away on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 in his new Visalia home with his beloved wife Sharon and family by his side. He and Sharon recently moved from their Round Valley ranch in Lindsay where they enjoyed over 33 years.

Larry was born in Los Angeles in 1939 to Clarence “Bud” and Martha “Jeanne” Rose. He graduated from Lindsay High School in 1957 and played basketball while attending COS.  He then enlisted in the US Army Reserves.  He married the love of his life Sharon Ann Butterbaugh, and spent 60 years together raising oranges, olives and quarter horses.

Larry’s love of life included his many years of riding, showing and ownership of quarter horses. He began his young life as a working cowboy in feedlots, also team roping, which led to his lifelong passion of the Western lifestyle.  Larry so enjoyed sharing his love of horsemanship with young riders, teaching them the beauty of showmanship and understanding of the horse.   He and Sharon also loved the horse races and vacationed for many years in San Diego going to Del Mar race track.

Larry was famous for his love of entertainment with family and friends, which includes the renowned yellow BAR-B-Q “Y-Not” and countless hours of serving delicious food and fun for friends and family, including several Easter celebrations.

Larry found great pleasure in serving with the Masons and Shriner organizations for many years.  In 1979 he was installed as the youngest Worshipful Master of Lindsay Masonic Lodge #416 at age 40. Great memories for Larry and Sharon included heading the Lindsay Orange Blossom Festival committee, the parade, chaperoning the queen and her court, as well as other OBF activities. 

Larry’s love and passion for boating led he and his family to spend countless summers at various lakes, teaching many of his daughter’s friends to water-ski.  

Larry was a fieldman for Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association, a Sunkist organization, for more than 25 years until his retirement in 2002. He took his farming of oranges and olives very seriously for over 50 years.

Larry is survived by his two daughters, Lori Rose of Napa, Calif., and Donna and her husband Alex Newkirk of Visalia, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Nikolaus, Matthew, Jacquelene, and Dominique Powell, Juliana (Brandon) Franklin, Ashley (Jordan) den Dulk and Cody (Megan) Newkirk; 2 great grandchildren; and his sister Jan Rose.

Graveside Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 6 at the Lindsay Cemetery, followed by a Celebration of Life at 11:30 a.m. at the Elk’s Lodge in Visalia.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions are made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, or Lindsay United Methodist Church. A memorial tribute may be offered by logging onto

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