PHOENIX, Ariz. – Larry Obie, a longtime resident of Phoenix, Ariz. After a surprise diagnosis of cancer on Dec. 12, 2018, Larry went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was 48 years old.

He was born in Lewiston, Maine on July 8, 1970, son of Richard and Therese Obie. He was educated in the Lewiston schools. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1988. Stationed early on in California he played trombone with the 7th ID Army Band at Fort Ord and the 6th Army Band of Presidio of San Francisco and the Ft. Gordon Signal Corps Army Band in Georgia. While in Georgia he chose to leave the military, receiving an honorable discharge in August of 1997.

After the military he received a BA from University of Phoenix in Computer Information Systems. He worked as a driver/dispatcher for the school districts in Phoenix for a decade before going to work as an office and lot manager for J&M Auto Imports in Phoenix, where he worked nearly eight years until his hospitalization.

Someone said that Larry was “like a swiss army knife of information about cars, music and engineering.” He loved taking things apart and getting them back together. He was extremely inquisitive and loved puzzles. He had the biggest heart, never told anyone no, never complained and always had something nice to say about folks. He always went out of his way to go the extra mile for many. He loved his family and the Lord with all his heart.

He leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Florinda Obie of Phoenix, Ariz.; one daughter, Zabryna (25), two sons, Zachariah (24), Lawrence II (21); three granddaughters, Kaydnz (2.5), Penelope (11 months), Emmalyn (2); his mom, Therese Obie of Lewiston; his brother Marcel Obie and wife Jeannine Obie of Lewiston; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Doris Obie; and his father Richard Obie.

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