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Larry John Goetze
1957 - 2014

Larry John Goetze, 57, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Services were held Saturday, at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Clara with Pastor Samuel Wirgau officiating. Interment will be at the Clara Community Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home.

Larry was born Sept. 4, 1957, in Wichita Falls to Oscar and Edith (Adams) Goetze. He graduated from Iowa Park High School in 1976, and went on to Vernon College graduating in 1978. He completed his academic career receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Tarleton State University in 1980. After graduating he taught agriculture at Breckenridge and later Hubbard High Schools.

In 1984 he joined the United States Department of Agriculture as a Farmers’ Home Administration credit management specialist. He served farmers and ranchers through the USDA in Memphis, Perryton, Seguin, Dumas, Waxahachie, and Clarendon offices during a career that lasted 27 years. After retiring, he returned to the family farm in Wichita County where he worked up until his passing. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Clara and a past member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church of Amarillo. He enjoyed working with youth which lead him to volunteer with the Donley County 4-H, Clarendon FFA, and the Junior Historians of Clarendon High School. He was a member of Texas Association of Credit Specialist serving in a variety of offices including President of the Texas Association from 2010-2011. His hobby was sharing history with others, most notably through his participation in the Plum Creek Brigade.

He was preceded in death by his parents Oscar and Edith.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years Lyndal Gillen-Goetze of Electra; a son Paul Goetze of Amarillo; and two brothers Tim Goetze of Burleson and Dr. Jim Goetze of Laredo.

Pallbearers were Dale Askew, Bill England, Rex Fuston, Dan Glass, David Kearney, and Weldon Sears.

The family suggest donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital would be appreciated.

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