Lawrence "Larry" W. Tibbs
Lawrence "Larry" W. Tibbs, died Sunday, June 10, 2012 in Scottsdale, Arizona with his loving family by his side. Larry was born in Hollister, California on December 4, 1957 to Gordon and Maxine Tibbs. He graduated from Spring Grove Elementary School and San Benito High School in Hollister. While a youth, he was devoted to Agriculture and actively participated in numerous 4-H and FFA events, garnishing many honors and awards. His goal was to serve youth in an agricultural setting in the future. He graduated from high school in 1976 to follow his father’s footsteps by seeking a career in Ag Education. He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California in 1981 obtaining both his BS and Master’s degrees in Ag Ed. Larry taught high school Agriculture for a number of years in California before changing his career to 4-H involvement by moving to Klamath Falls, Oregon, serving as an Extension Agent there for 6 years. An offer too good to refuse moved him to Arizona to work for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Maricopa County for the next twelve years as a 4-H Extension Agent specializing in Large Livestock. While involved in his work, he volunteered his time in many leadership positions serving as State President of the Association of Extension 4-H agents for a year in Oregon and two years in Arizona; served three years on the National Board of Extension 4-H Agents, most recently as the Policy Resolutions Chair; served on the Maricopa County Fair Board for 6 years and the Arizona National Livestock Show for several years. He received the Achievement in Service Award from the National Board of Extension 4-H Agents in 1994 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2000. Due to health problems, he took an early retirement in 2008. He is survived by many family members in Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, and New Mexico. Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 23, at 10 a.m at the Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary Chapel, 6500 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale AZ 85254. The reception will immediately follow in the reception hall at the Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Larry Tibbs Scholarship Endowment at the UA Foundation. Donations may be sent to UAF c/o Cooperative Extension, P.O. Box 210036, Tucson, AZ 85721-0036. Two students will be selected to receive an endowment in their senior year of high school to attend the U of A in an agricultural field.
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