Larry O'Neil Busby, 87, a lifelong resident of the Gila Valley, passed into eternity on November 19, 2019 with his loving family at his side. He was born on February 28, 1932 in Thatcher, Arizona to parents John David Busby & Lettie O'Neil Hunt Busby, with siblings; Angus, Melba, Scott, Robert, Olive, Marion and Alice.
Larry, a gifted Entrepreneur, married the love of his life, Marie Maloy Busby on May 1, 1951. Larry and Marie were blessed with 5 beautiful children; Richard Busby, Mark S. Busby, Twila Busby, Elisa Busby and Susquiana Figueroa.
Larry was a loving husband and father. Those that had the pleasure of knowing Larry, knew that “family” included everyone he met.
Larry is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Marie Busby, his son; Mark Busby, his daughters; Twila Busby and Elisa Busby, his sister; Alice Prey, his brother; Marion Busby, 21 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and many “magnetic children” that gravitated to the family.
He is preceded in death by his parents; John & Lettie Busby, his son; Richard Busby, his grandson; Jason Busby and his siblings; Angus, Melba, Scott, Robert, and Olive.
A viewing for Larry will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the McDougal's Caldwell Funeral Chapel and again on Saturday morning, November 23rd beginning at 9:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Solomon Chapel. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. with Bishop Joe Robles conducting. A private interment will be held at a later date in the Gila Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery on Airport Road in Safford.
In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Heifer International at heifer.org.
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