Larry N. Shelton
Larry Neal Shelton, 71, died on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at Mason General Hospital.
Larry was born on February 17, 1940 to John C. and Mary Shelton in Long Beach, CA. His father worked in civil service so Larry attended George Washington High School in Guam, graduating in 1957. He then entered the US Navy, serving from 1957 until 1961. He achieved his Associates Degree in criminal justice from Delta College in 1972 and then attended the Law Enforcement Academy in Modesto, CA. He married Margaret Busey and divorced and later married Stephanie Smith in 1978 in Stockton, CA.
Larry started out as a volunteer police officer for 10 years working into a full time position as deputy sheriff for 22 years in San Joaquin County, retiring in 1994, returning to the work force for the Cosmopolis Washington Police Department and retiring again as Lieutenant in 2003. Mr. Shelton was instrumental in developing the San Joaquin County Metro Bomb Unit and extremely proud of being a bomb technician.
He was a Christian man and a member of the IABTI (International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators), the Eagles Club and the Deputy Sheriff’s Association. His hobbies included guns, teaching and studying anything pertaining to law enforcement, fishing, cooking, especially barbeque, and traveling to Reno. He loved his family and his grandchildren. His family shared that their father was strict, but had a huge heart and was loving as well.
Survivors include wife Stephanie, of the family home; sons, Loren (Anna) Shelton, Stockton, CA, Joseph Maciel, Stockton, Michael (Kelly) Maciel, Modesto, CA; daughters, Kelly (Robert) Anderson, Spokane, Karla Shelton, Stockton; grandchildren, Jacqueline Speare, Katelyn Curi, Thomas Anderson, Michaela Shelton, Hannah Shelton, Ian and Anthony Maciel and great grandson Mason Anderson. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers James and Jerry Shelton.
At Mr. Shelton’s request, no service will be held at this time. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Family to notify. Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, attention memorials, 2120 First Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.