Lawrence Larry ”Big Dog” Chafin

04/27/1952 — 07/05/2003

From West, Richland, WA, US | Born in Richland, Washington

Lawrence Larry ”Big Dog” Chafin

Lawrence Larry ''Big Dog'' Chafin

Larry past away at Kadlec Hospital on 7/05/03. He was born on Apri127, 1952 in Richland, Washington. He was 51 years old and lived in West Richland, Washington. He lived his whole life in the Richland area. Larry was a member of Local 598 for 20+ years. He worked as a steamfitter and was a foreman on many jobs. He loved watching his kids play ball and coaching his son's Hanford Middle School 7th Grade ''A'' Baseball team. He is survived By: His wife, Victoria, his children: Lauren Honey baby, Kara Care-Bear, Marc Lit Dog, Matthew and his wife Sarah and his grandson Benjamin and his loyal friends Tina and Christina Maltos; his mother, Mary Sphon, his brothers: Craig and his wife Dawn, Michael, Hank Jr. and his fiancee' Bobbi, his sister Vicki Johnson and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his Uncle Robert Drake and Uncle Marland and his wife Patricia and his very special Aunt Mamie Stewart. He is preceded in death by his father Hank Sr., his brother Ronald, and his grandparents Hank and Dorothy Chafin and Janie and James Drake.

Papa Chafin, There are no words to describe the love I will carry the rest of my life for you. You were an outstanding human-being and father. You will live on through me. I love you daddy. Love always, Honey Baby

Dad, My love for you will never die but only become more alive. You are so beautiful. I will take you with me through life and dance with you in my dreams. I love you dad. Your, Care Bear

The service will be held at Einan's Funeral Home, Inc. on Friday, July 11, 2003 at 11:00 a.m., in Richland, Washington.

Visitation will be at Einan’s Funeral Home from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2003.

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  • Dear Lauren and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Your dad has been part of my life, too. I will never forget all of his positive remarks and encouragement while I played softball. Our games won’t be the same without him. Thank you for sharing your wonderful dad with our teams!

    With love and hugs,

    Rachael Blake

    Rachael Blake
    November 4, 2014
    W.Richland, WA, US
  • I love you daddy….

    Honeybaby
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • To the Chafin family. We to grieve the loss of the BIG DOG. He truly will be missed. It’s been 5 years since last seeing Larry. As usal he left us with spirits lifted, and a smile on our faces. Larry’s journey has not ended rather continues in the spirit of love that lives in all he leaves behind. I won’t say goodbye my friend just that we’ll all see you later. Our love and prayers of comfort to the family.

    Mark and Jana Culverhouse

    Mark & Jana Culverhouse
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear Chafin family,

    Larry was a very generous man. He was always willing to help others in need. In earlier years,1970’s, Larry was my neighbor and friend. I knew I could always count on Larry when I needed help.

    I know Larry’s presence will be greatly missed …look for the fond memories of him to help sustain you during difficult times. May you truly sense God’s peace and comfort in the days ahead…

    Sincerely,

    Missy Cartmell

    Missy Cartmell
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Larry was a life long, wonderful friend of my family. In fact, he was one of the ushers back in 1974 in my twin sister’s and brother-in-law’s wedding Rob and Linda Guay. He had the best sense of humor. I remember, as he was walking my grandmother down the church isle to be seated, he said to this little old lady, “Hey, grab the old man’s wallet and we’ll hit the town.” We all thought he was the funniest and greatest guy. He made me laugh all the time, especially when I was down and use to embarrase me with his humor back in the late 70’s when he’d point me out in a crowd at a baseball game and in front of everyone, he’d yell, “Hey, there’s my girl friend.” What a funny guy! I haven’t seen Larry in over 20 years but I always had hoped he was doing well. I still have wonderful pictures of my sister’s wedding with Larry in it and his bandaged hand, as he was burned that week carrying my sister in his arms as he was running down the isle out of the church, running with her away from her husband, Rob. And I also have some pictures of all of us partying afterwards. He was alot of fun.

    My thoughts and prayers go to all of his wonderful family. He will be greatly missed and still thought of always.

    Terry Hutson Gunter

    Terry Hutson Gunter
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Vic And kids I just found out about the loss of brother larry I will dearly miss him my prayer and thougt will be with you He was always there when I needed a friend and i hope ican be there when you need a friend all my love shoe 503 266 1291

    Terry Schouviller
    November 4, 2014
    Canby, OR, US
  • I will always remember the fun Jeremy had on that 7th grade baseball team. Larry did a wonderful job and I know all the kids really appreciated his time. Our family is truly saddened by this loss. I think that everytime I go watch Hanford Baseball I will remember Larry.

    Ken and Lisa Burk

    Jeremy Burk

    Ken Burk
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • The last time we saw Larry was at the last game this year at Hanford. We were at our sons baseball game and Larry was coaching his sons game. He was sitting on his beach chair eating his sunflower seeds with his clipboard on his stomach writing down infomation from the game. He was using his belly as a table. His comment to me was “That my big belly comes in handy”. Larry always made you laugh. He will be missed.

    Love the Turner Family

    Scott Tuner and Family
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City, WA, US
  • Goodbye my friend

    for your journey here on this earth has ended. Please know that as you go, you take a part of me with you. You take my love. I know that you can feel it more clearly now and that you know how much you have meant to me.

    For the twenty years I have known you, you brought me so many gifts. You brought the gift of laughter

    there are so many memories of this

    because you had such a good sense of humor. You brought me the gift of friendship because you had a good heart and cared about my daughter and me. You brought me the gift of family when you brought Victoria, Lauren, Marc, Matthew, Sarah and Benjamin, into my family.

    There are no words made in this world that can express how much you have meant to me through the years

    but that’s not important now because I am sure you can see right into my heart and know.

    Through the years you have given me memories to treasure, here are a few:

    ·Winning 2nd place in our bowling league, when we should have won 1st..thanks for finally showing up.

    ·Taking my daughter Christina for her very first ice-cream cone and bringing her back a mess!

    ·Wearing that silly mask on your wedding day to Victoria!

    ·Arguing with me if some item I wanted or looked at was not “American Made”. You felt strongly about that.

    ·The look of pride in your eyes when you went to any softball/baseball game of Lauren, Kara or Marc’s. I know that this was a sport you loved when you played.

    ·Being the person there for Christina when she lost her Dad, and I thank you for that.

    You were a unique person and I will miss those qualities in you. I know that the road has not always been easy for you, but go in peace now and be free.

    I read somewhere that:

    Birth is a Beginning

    Death is a Destination

    and Life is a Journey.

    Victory is not at some high point we reach along the way,

    Rather it is in having made the journey.

    Thank you for being a part of mine.

    Your Friend,

    Tina

    Tina Marie
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Larry was a respected classmate of mine. He was bigger and stronger than most of us and he demonstrated that physical superiority against his Football and Baseball opponents as a Richland Bomber, class of 1971. Not only did I respect him for his athletic prowess while we attended Columbia High School together but I was flattered when he actually noticed my developing off-road motorcycle riding skills asking me at school about how my races went. I’ll always remember him as someone that we were all glad that was for us and not against us. We’ll miss you Larry. May God bless you and keep you. Your friend, Stu Osborn

    Stu Osborn
    November 4, 2014
    Bothell, WA, US
  • Larry,

    Was one of my favorites classmates. I always loved being around him. He use to tease me alot,but it was all in fun. I enjoyed our many days of playing football and baseball together. We nicked name him “Swaboda” after the great catch he made in one game.

    Best wishes to all the family and relatives. Larry will truely be missed in my Heart.

    Clark J Riccobuono
    November 4, 2014
    Puyallup, WA, US
  • Dear Lauren and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Your dad has been part of my life, too. I will never forget all of his positive remarks and encouragement while I played softball. Our games won’t be the same without him. Thank you for sharing your wonderful dad with our teams!

    With love and hugs,

    Rachael Blake

    Rachael Blake
    November 4, 2014
    W.Richland, WA, US
  • I love you daddy….

    Honeybaby
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • To the Chafin family. We to grieve the loss of the BIG DOG. He truly will be missed. It’s been 5 years since last seeing Larry. As usal he left us with spirits lifted, and a smile on our faces. Larry’s journey has not ended rather continues in the spirit of love that lives in all he leaves behind. I won’t say goodbye my friend just that we’ll all see you later. Our love and prayers of comfort to the family.

    Mark and Jana Culverhouse

    Mark & Jana Culverhouse
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear Chafin family,

    Larry was a very generous man. He was always willing to help others in need. In earlier years,1970’s, Larry was my neighbor and friend. I knew I could always count on Larry when I needed help.

    I know Larry’s presence will be greatly missed …look for the fond memories of him to help sustain you during difficult times. May you truly sense God’s peace and comfort in the days ahead…

    Sincerely,

    Missy Cartmell

    Missy Cartmell
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Larry was a life long, wonderful friend of my family. In fact, he was one of the ushers back in 1974 in my twin sister’s and brother-in-law’s wedding Rob and Linda Guay. He had the best sense of humor. I remember, as he was walking my grandmother down the church isle to be seated, he said to this little old lady, “Hey, grab the old man’s wallet and we’ll hit the town.” We all thought he was the funniest and greatest guy. He made me laugh all the time, especially when I was down and use to embarrase me with his humor back in the late 70’s when he’d point me out in a crowd at a baseball game and in front of everyone, he’d yell, “Hey, there’s my girl friend.” What a funny guy! I haven’t seen Larry in over 20 years but I always had hoped he was doing well. I still have wonderful pictures of my sister’s wedding with Larry in it and his bandaged hand, as he was burned that week carrying my sister in his arms as he was running down the isle out of the church, running with her away from her husband, Rob. And I also have some pictures of all of us partying afterwards. He was alot of fun.

    My thoughts and prayers go to all of his wonderful family. He will be greatly missed and still thought of always.

    Terry Hutson Gunter

    Terry Hutson Gunter
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Vic And kids I just found out about the loss of brother larry I will dearly miss him my prayer and thougt will be with you He was always there when I needed a friend and i hope ican be there when you need a friend all my love shoe 503 266 1291

    Terry Schouviller
    November 4, 2014
    Canby, OR, US
  • I will always remember the fun Jeremy had on that 7th grade baseball team. Larry did a wonderful job and I know all the kids really appreciated his time. Our family is truly saddened by this loss. I think that everytime I go watch Hanford Baseball I will remember Larry.

    Ken and Lisa Burk

    Jeremy Burk

    Ken Burk
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • The last time we saw Larry was at the last game this year at Hanford. We were at our sons baseball game and Larry was coaching his sons game. He was sitting on his beach chair eating his sunflower seeds with his clipboard on his stomach writing down infomation from the game. He was using his belly as a table. His comment to me was “That my big belly comes in handy”. Larry always made you laugh. He will be missed.

    Love the Turner Family

    Scott Tuner and Family
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City, WA, US
  • Goodbye my friend

    for your journey here on this earth has ended. Please know that as you go, you take a part of me with you. You take my love. I know that you can feel it more clearly now and that you know how much you have meant to me.

    For the twenty years I have known you, you brought me so many gifts. You brought the gift of laughter

    there are so many memories of this

    because you had such a good sense of humor. You brought me the gift of friendship because you had a good heart and cared about my daughter and me. You brought me the gift of family when you brought Victoria, Lauren, Marc, Matthew, Sarah and Benjamin, into my family.

    There are no words made in this world that can express how much you have meant to me through the years

    but that’s not important now because I am sure you can see right into my heart and know.

    Through the years you have given me memories to treasure, here are a few:

    ·Winning 2nd place in our bowling league, when we should have won 1st..thanks for finally showing up.

    ·Taking my daughter Christina for her very first ice-cream cone and bringing her back a mess!

    ·Wearing that silly mask on your wedding day to Victoria!

    ·Arguing with me if some item I wanted or looked at was not “American Made”. You felt strongly about that.

    ·The look of pride in your eyes when you went to any softball/baseball game of Lauren, Kara or Marc’s. I know that this was a sport you loved when you played.

    ·Being the person there for Christina when she lost her Dad, and I thank you for that.

    You were a unique person and I will miss those qualities in you. I know that the road has not always been easy for you, but go in peace now and be free.

    I read somewhere that:

    Birth is a Beginning

    Death is a Destination

    and Life is a Journey.

    Victory is not at some high point we reach along the way,

    Rather it is in having made the journey.

    Thank you for being a part of mine.

    Your Friend,

    Tina

    Tina Marie
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Larry was a respected classmate of mine. He was bigger and stronger than most of us and he demonstrated that physical superiority against his Football and Baseball opponents as a Richland Bomber, class of 1971. Not only did I respect him for his athletic prowess while we attended Columbia High School together but I was flattered when he actually noticed my developing off-road motorcycle riding skills asking me at school about how my races went. I’ll always remember him as someone that we were all glad that was for us and not against us. We’ll miss you Larry. May God bless you and keep you. Your friend, Stu Osborn

    Stu Osborn
    November 4, 2014
    Bothell, WA, US
  • Larry,

    Was one of my favorites classmates. I always loved being around him. He use to tease me alot,but it was all in fun. I enjoyed our many days of playing football and baseball together. We nicked name him “Swaboda” after the great catch he made in one game.

    Best wishes to all the family and relatives. Larry will truely be missed in my Heart.

    Clark J Riccobuono
    November 4, 2014
    Puyallup, WA, US
  • I miss ya, my fat friend. I remember the great times playing softball – thinking we were a little better than we actually were – comparing bellies – and basically being pretty obnoxious to the opponents. No one did it better! Peace and Rest, Lar. We miss ya.

    Mike Davis
    November 4, 2014
    US
  • Dear Mrs. Chafin and family,

    Mr. Chafin always worked with my baseball teams. I will never forget hitting my first homerun and how he was so excited for me. I will miss him at my baseball games and always think about him during the baseball season. He was one of the kindest people I have ever known.

    From,

    Spencer Blake

    Spencer Blake
    November 4, 2014
    W.Richland, WA, US