It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of Larry Luza, age 79, at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in College Station on the morning of December 17, 2022. Larry was a very strong man that had battled cancer for many years.
Larry attended St. Joseph Catholic School and Stephen F. Austin High School. In his teen years he worked on the highway, mowing, then later worked on his aunt and uncle's dairy farm. When he and Barbara married, he worked for Sears. He worked many decades for Texas A&M's Physical Plant where his friends nicknamed him "Hummingbird " because he was always humming and had a smile on his face. Larry later retired from A&M but that did not last long because he was not a "Honey Do" husband. He went to work at Compass SSO, he said, to rest. Larry liked watching football, Gunsmoke, and Nascar racing on TV. He was an avid fan of Dale Earnhardt and collected many of his model racecars and other Earnhardt memorabilia. Larry loved gardening, camping, and fishing with family and friends. He also liked working crossword puzzles. Holidays were a time for barbeques and crayfish boils and he really loved Rebekah's gumbo.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Cecilia Luza; sister, Pat Nemec; and brothers, John and Bill Luza. Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Barbara. Larry's loving children are sons Larry Jr., Jeffrey and wife Rebekah, Eric and wife Crystal; and his beautiful and loving daughter, Jody. Larry was truly blessed with his children and grandsons, Justin and Wyatt; and brother, Edward and wife Joyce.
The family wants to send sincere thanks to all the wonderful, compassionate, and patient doctors and nurses. They went all out for Larry and his family. Special thanks to Dr. Biles, Dr. Cativo Calderon, Dr. Covington, Dr. Baines, Dr. Yeh, Dr. Byrd, Dr. Baines, and Dr. Barker; as well as to the nurses, Beth, Catherine (Kate), Viviane, Rachael, and very sweet nurse, Vuitton Dee, who was so sweet to supply many snack treats and drinks. A very special thanks to sweet Amanda Gittelman of Hillier for her patience as well as Chaplain Ernest Upchurch.