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  • OBITUARY - Larry J. Farrar

  • Larry J. Farrar, 68, passed away on Sept. 29, 2012 with family by his side in Little Rock, Ark.
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  • Larry J. Farrar, 68, passed away on Sept. 29, 2012 with family by his side in Little Rock, Ark.
    Born June 15, 1944 to Roy and Velma Farrar in El Dorado, Larry spent his collegiate years in Texas, where he was a star baseball and football player.
    Always having a love for music (he once sang at the White House by personal request of President Johnson), Larry moved to New York City in 1967 to pursue his singing career. His operatic and musical theater talents put him on the touring circuit, from leading roles in La Boheme and Dialogue of the Carmelites to Annie Get Your Gun, Oklahoma and Carousel. He worked with both Boris Gadolfsky of the Met and Maestro Lazlo Halasz of the NYC Opera.
    Desiring a more stable environment for his family, he moved to Indianapolis, Ind., in 1980 where he started a career in hotel management with Holiday Inn and then Embassy Suites Hotel.
    Enormously successful, Larry was appointed to several hotels nationwide to improve profitability...amongst the various locations were San Antonio, Texas; Nashville, Tenn.; and Dallas, Texas.
    Little Rock, Ark., has been home for the past 10 years where Larry has managed the Embassy Suites hotel and most recently, the Hilton (Peabody Corp).
    Larry had an avid love of golf and has played on some of the most reputable courses across the country, noted in several publications for obtaining a hole in one. A highlight for him was having the opportunity to play with Tom Kite.
    An athlete and an adventurer, Larry was a hiking explorer and major cyclist (riding from New York to Maine on more than one occasion).
    Larry loved politics and was a devout democrat and zealous supporter of National Public Radio (NPR).
    Larry was active in many organizations including the Arkansas Hospitality Association, Arkansas Lodging Association (President), Central Arkansas Executives Association, and was a loyal member of the Little Rock Touchdown Club.
    Larry is survived by his wife, Anne; daughter, Kimsley; sisters, Judy and Janet; step daughter, Kathleen; step grandchildren ,Jenna, June and Lily; and many adoring friends, extended family and co-workers.
    A memorial service will be held at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, (501)224-8300 on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Family will receive friends after the service.
    Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/chenal.

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