Edward Lawrence “Larry” Robinson, age 64, passed away Saturday March 23, 2013, surrounded by loving family members. Larry was born in Santa Ana, Calif. on May 31, 1948. He grew up in Long Beach and graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High. He enjoyed living all over the state of California, but he called Fallbrook home for the past 27 years.
Larry brought joy to people of all ages through his music, smile, stories, gentility and humor. As a child, he spent much of his time at the beach and loved the ocean. As a teen, Larry enjoyed surfing as well as playing guitar; forming his first band during junior high school. These experiences and his love of the outdoors inspired him to start writing his own music. He wrote his first song in high school and eventually wrote and recorded several albums including music with The Things To Come; Blue Heaven; and The Dorados.
In recent years, he recorded two solo albums “Old California Town” and “Cadillac and Trailer.” These two albums were inspired by Larry’s deep love for his home state of California. The essence of California was the essence of Larry; the mountains, the beaches, nature, and love for his family were among his greatest creative inspirations.
Larry was a man of many communities, playing local venues in Fallbrook, Temecula, and San Diego. He brought fellow musicians together through the hosting of open mic nights, songwriting venues and concerts. He taught music and also worked at several music stores throughout his career, sharing his love of the musical language with hundreds. He was a singer/songwriter, well-known for his resonant baritone voice and acoustic guitar prowess, with many loving fans near and far.
Larry and his wife, Pat, enjoyed visiting family and discovering new places to explore as they traveled the coasts of California. They also treasured their home life. Larry spent many quiet moments in his yard taking in the world around him. Larry wrote,
“I love to hear the local church bells ring, and the way so many summer birds sing, as I work in the garden of my little piece of paradise.”
Larry developed relationships with people that lasted a lifetime and he will be missed by many. His spirit lives through his music and will be continued through each one of us as we smile, share kindness and gentility and demonstrate love for one another. Pat is grateful for the tremendous expressions of love and support during this tragic time. She is comforted in knowing everyone is reflecting Larry’s loving spirit.
Larry is survived by his wife, Pat; daughters Hilary Robinson, Melody DeHaven, and Andralee Offidani; son Evan Robinson; son-in-law Todd DeHaven; and granddaughter Delaney DeHaven. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Mary, and his brother, John.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2013, at the Temecula Community Recreation Center Outdoor Amphitheater, 30875 Rancho Vista Road, Temecula, Calif. 92592. All are welcome.