Larry V. Bishop
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Larry V. Bishop

March 20, 1940 - June 16, 2017

Larry V. Bishop

March 20, 1940 - June 16, 2017

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Obituary for Larry V. Bishop

Larry V. Bishop (March 20, 1940 - June 16, 2017)

Larry was the oldest of four children born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Martin (Bud) and Jane Bishop. His fondest childhood memories were times spent with his Nana (Cora Bishop) and with Aunt Betty and Uncle Harry and their family. From the beginning he was curious, eager to learn, and his favorite word was "why?" His questions often made adults uneasy and that may be why he quit high school and ran away from home. In spite of one teacher's prediction that he would never succeed, and although he married young the first time and had two small children, he took the GED exam, worked his way through college, and earned his PhD with honors at Washington State University in 1968. He went on to be an amazing professor of European history and philosophy at Montana State University and continued to challenge students to think, question, and be open-minded. In addition to his passion for teaching, Larry enjoyed playing chess, doing photography and dark room work, and aviation.

He married Donna Lee Jeffers, a country girl, in 1970. The Jeffers family loved this city boy for the rest of his days. Larry and Donna Lee's home was often filled with students sharing ideas and coping with life. In 1981, after winning a professor of the year award, Larry left the profession when dealing with university politics overshadowed the time he could spend teaching and helping students.

Larry and Donna Lee moved to Portland, Oregon, in 1981. Larry helped run a program for the homeless at the Red Cross for a time and coped with increasing health problems. He had heart failure in 1999, and the doctors predicted he would not live much longer. He got on the treadmill and beat the odds for the next 18 years.

Larry is survived by his son Eric (Karen), daughter Holly (Pat Monahan); four grandchildren, Tyler and Colin Bishop, Ryan and Sean Monahan, and one great grandchild, William Monahan; two brothers, Dennis and Kermit Bishop; cousins, nieces and nephews; his soul mate, Donna Lee; and his former student and best friend, Bill Erickson. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Karen. Larry did not want a service and his wishes will be honored. If you want to do something in his remembrance, do what you can to combat racism, hatred, and narrow-minded thinking that ignores the lessons of history.

Thank you to those who helped us when Larry was ill, especially Bill Erickson; Dart Georgiades and Gordon Neumann, our apartment managers and friends; and to everyone at Golden Age Living who allowed Larry to spend his last days in a caring and peaceful place.

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