Lawrence Nelms
  • 60 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 24, 1952
  • Date of passing: Oct 24, 2012
Let the memory of Lawrence be with us forever

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one -

Lawrence (Larry) Edward Nelms was born on February 24th, 1952 in Watsonville, CA to Ernest and Betty Nelms. After growing up in Watsonville, with his two brothers Ernest Jr. and Stephen he set out to college. He was awarded a full academic scholarship to the University of California Santa Barbara. After graduating, he set out to pursue his passions of film, photography and writing.  He worked as a freelance writer and photographer for a number of years, before meeting the love of his life Rhoda. They married and had two boys Adam and Wes.  Larry carried on working in fields he loved with a family he loved in the San Jose, CA area. After his loving wife of 10 years passed from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Schlerosis), he moved his two boys to Lake County to follow a new life. He passed his passion of photography onto his youngest son, and always continued his passion of writing. He is survived by his two sons Adam and Wesley, along with his single grandson Carter.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Darlene Bogle on 24th February 2016

"Larry each time I publish a new book, i think how you also loved to write. My 12 th book was just released. Rhoda was such an encourager of us both. I think often of the two of you, and I know Adam and Wes have fond memories of you both
.those that we love and who love us will never be truely gone from our lives,", your love is still cherished in my heart. Happy Birthday Larry."

This tribute was added by Darlene Bogle on 24th October 2015

"I am so happy to read where you now have 5 grandchildren. I think that makes you smile with Joy. Everytime I write a new article or book, I wish you were still here so I could share my thoughts. Larry, you will never be forgotten, and I still picture you and Rhoda celebrating with great abandon. My life was touched for the better, when Rhoda brought you into my life.
With many fond memories."

This tribute was added by Diane Steelsmith on 24th February 2015

"Larry!  Your five grandchildren are the best!  Carter and Zac are fun to play with and I love being with them.  And you now have twin grandgirls!  Girls!  Finally!   I have been storing little girl dresses for years!  Sometimes, I just had to buy cute little dresses even with no girls on the horizon.  The girls are darling, as is Luke, he is very gentle with them and I have a photo of him giving them kisses. Tell Rhoda I miss her..."

This tribute was added by Wes Nelms on 24th October 2014

"Writing was Dad's second favorite thing, after spending time with me & Adam.

I think of my dad every time I eat Chinese food.  "You will be hungry again in one hour", he always said when reading the fortune cookie.

He & Mom now have 5 grandchildren: 2 boys from Adam, 1 boy & twin girls from me.

I miss you dad. Love,  ><WES:)>"

This tribute was added by Darlene Bogle on 24th October 2014

"Another year gone by for us, who still hold on to terra firma.  So, Rhoda and Larry, I hope you are dancing around heaven. I've heard there is no time in heaven, so you are not aware of our passing of time. I can't believe I turned 70 this year!  Everytime I hear of someone with Lou Gherig's ALS...you come to mind.  Actually, I named my GPS Rhoda...so you still tell me the way to Go.  Larry, I'm sure you are looking down on your boys, Adam and Wes.  I know they love you a lot."

This tribute was added by Darlene Bogle on 24th February 2014

"I picture you and Rhoda celebrating every moment...Birthdays were always special in your family.  Happy memories. Larry, I'm glad you were born."

This tribute was added by Darlene Bogle on 25th October 2013

"Can't beleive it's been a year!  As I read the comments, I am saddened that Kathy and Amanda were not informed of Larry's passing. I think each of us knew Larry on different levels, and perhaps experienced pain in that relationship. I know Everyone was devistated at Rhoda's passing...and surprised at a wedding and new child. Praying that healing will come to all, as time passes."

This tribute was added by Kathy De A on 11th July 2013

"I am shocked that my daughter, Amanda, learned of her father's death while looking on line.  While attempting to learn how to go about getting the $20,000 + he still owes me in child support, we learned that he had passed away!  Yet, no one thought to inform us.  No mention of his daughter was made in his obituary, nor on this page.  This is not an "oversight", but unconscionable behavior!"

This tribute was added by Amanda Nelms on 11th July 2013

"Larry Nelms will never be forgotten. But his daughter Amanda Nelms born in 1993 has obviously been forgotten. The only thing I knew about this "great father" was that he never carried a long-term job, was abusive to his second wife(and his first wife while she was paralyzed to stop him), and left us when I was two months old."

This tribute was added by Maggie Harper on 7th May 2013

"Today I just found out that a dear friend of mine "Larry" died in October. We were very close for years. Being very close to his son Wes and going to school with Wes brought me to know Larry. He was a very smart man. He was funny and witty. I lived with Wes and Larry following Adams move to Santa Rosa. I really thought of him as family! I'll miss him and miss our late night chats."

This tribute was added by Darlene Bogle on 10th November 2012

"Rhoda was my roommate and I remember when she first brought Larry home to meet me. I was at their wedding; and the birth of Adam and Wesley. I was present for the terrible news of Als and the process of that disease. Each Christmas, we celebrated and planned for the inevitable. Index fingers hooked together for forever friends. That is what Larry is for me also. See you both in eternity!"

This tribute was added by Patti Bartholomew Heaps on 10th November 2012

"Rhoda, the morning after her 10th high school reunion, came around the corner from her apartment to my apartment  with the twinkle in her eyes Diane described.  There was this guy who had been in her class who she knew of, but did not know, who had come to the reunion.  They spent most of the evening talking. She was smitten to be sure. His name was Larry Nelms."

This tribute was added by Diane Steelsmith on 10th November 2012

"I remember a twinkle in Rhoda's eyes when she was first serious about Larry.  Rhoda was my best friend, I could see the signs.   Happily, they married & did have two wonderful, loving boys.  He provided them a safe, happy childhood in Nice, CA where they thrived after Rhoda passed.   He prepared them well for their adult lives.  They both live life happily & generously.  Thank you Larry."

This tribute was added by Adam Nelms on 10th November 2012

"On October 24th, 2012 we lost our loving Dad, Lawrence Nelms. He was a man full of knowledge and love for his two sons myself, Adam and my brother Wesley. Our Dad always had something to say, but never shared it with too many. He never wanted to make large ripples in the world and truely wanted to just hang with his too favorite guys myself and my brother. WE LOVE YOU DAD."

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