The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


December 13, 2013

Larry Farish York


Larry had many interests and encouraged others to engage fully in life. He was a delighted and loving grandfather, pilot, sailor, hiker, reader, wannabe golfer, amateur pianist, and traveler, including special joy traveling to Zimbabwe in Africa. He was known for his East Texas roots, his love of the Texas Hill Country, and his dry sense of humor. He was a lifelong, avid Democrat. He worked hard, but also appreciated leisure in life, encouraging his children, friends, and young colleagues to do the same. In Larry’s honor, the Austin Bar Association is establishing the Larry York Mentoring Award to recognize other veteran lawyers who, like Larry, take a special interest in assisting young lawyers.

Larry is survived by his wife, Peggy Bradley; son, Robert York, of Alpharetta, Ga.; daughter, Amanda York Focke, and her husband, Thatcher, of Houston; and son, Andrew York, and his wife, Laura Brady, of Austin. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Clover Focke and Olive Focke of Houston; sister-in-law, Carolyn Critcher, of Knoxville, Tenn.; and by his first wife, Pamela Browning, and her husband, Bill, of Alpharetta, Ga.

The family wishes to thank Heather Carlson, P.A., Gauri Varadhachary, M.D., and Matthew Katz, M.D. of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for their dedicated medical care. The family also thanks Lucile Kelly, Gary Snyder, Jan Dimmitt, and Jane Louis for their compassionate caregiving during the last months of Larry’s life.

A memorial service and reception honoring Larry’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2014, at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on the University of Texas campus, 2110 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78712. Valet parking will be provided.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, The University of Texas School of Law, Hospice Austin, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home – (512) 452-8811.

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