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Obituary: Coleman, Lawrence William

Age 84

COLEMAN, Lawrence William April 12, 1929 - April 29, 2013 Larry was born on April 12, 1929 in Williston, North Dakota to William Henry Coleman and Katherine (Furey) Coleman. Growing up in Spokane, Washington, a devout Catholic and family man Larry graduated from Gonzaga Preparatory School (1947) where he was an All-City athlete and Student Body President. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology along with attaining a Master of Education from Holy Names College. In addition to one of his many accomplishments he was a member of the GU basketball team called the G-Whiz kids. Larry started his teaching and coaching career at Marcus Washington where he guided his teams to two state basketball appearances and one baseball championship. He moved to Central Valley High School and coached baseball. He finished off his historic career at John Rogers High School in Spokane Washington. He accomplished many firsts. He was the first wrestling coach and coached baseball and still is the last football coach to win a city championship for John Rogers. To cap off his tenure for School District #81 he was the District Wrestling Tournament Director for 20 years. Larry is survived by his true best friend and love of his life, Edythe Carol Coleman. During the 49 years of marriage, Edie introduced Larry to show dogs. Larry fell in love with his best friend’s passion and excelled from there. Larry became an American Kennel Club Delegate and producing though Thunder Mountain Kennels numerous National and International champions along with multiple Best in Show titles and Specialty wins. Larry was also active in the community belonging to the following organizations: he was a member of the Lions, Elks, Eagles, The Knights of Columbus, Inland Empire Kennel Association, American Saluki Club, and Saluki Club of America. He is survived by his sons Lawrence William Coleman Jr., Michael Coleman, Patrick Coleman, Timothy Coleman; and granddaughters Mary Darby Coleman and Katherine Coleman. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Spokane Valley, Washington. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of the Poor Clares and Catholic Charities. Please visit Larry’s on-line memorial at Arrangements entrusted to