Larry Lee Anderson, 80, of Odessa, Texas passed away on September 29, 2023, in Odessa, TX.
Larry was born in San Antonio, Texas to Walter Allen and Joyce Brininstool Anderson while Walter was a drummer in the United States Air Corp. Larry graduated from Kermit High School in 1962. After high school, he attended McMurry University and married Jane Hopkins. After college, Larry raised a family and worked for his family serving the community through the Anderson’s Dairy Queen business.
Larry made his way to California in the early 70’s and established a career in horticulture. There, he met and married Diana (Dee) Vine. They had a great time traveling and surfing and Larry developed a great passion for dirt bike racing in Baja.
Missing family, Larry and Dee returned back to West Texas to join his family once again in the Anderson’s DQ business. In 1998, Larry went back to college, graduating Summa Cum Laude, earning his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s (2007) in Clinical Psychology, from the University of Texas Permian Basin. Larry was very dedicated to children’s advocacy, rape crisis and supported many of his patients through his offices located in Odessa and Midland.
Larry loved people and devoted a great portion of his life and heart to the friends of Bill W. One of the greatest friendships he established would soon be the love of his life, Phyllis Shedeck. Phyllis and Larry married in 2012 and together, they continued their devotion and commitment to the Bill and Lois W. community. They also loved serving their congregation and Sunday School with their First United Methodist Church family.
Larry is survived by his wife Phyllis; children, John Allen Anderson (Beverly) of Flower Mound, Texas, Lesa Jane Sanchez (Lee Gillen) of Midland, TX and Don Witt (Lise) of Mesa, AZ, Claire Hall (Rob) of Odessa, TX and Patricia Shedeck of New Caney, TX; brother, Perry Anderson (Shiela) of Odessa, TX. Larry had great love and affection for his numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends along with his four-legged babies, Sarah and Fluff.
A Celebration of Larry’s Life will be held in the near future.
In honor of Larry’s life, Memorials may be given to the Midland Rape Crisis and Children’s Advocacy Center (MRCCAC).