Larry Patrick Keating

Larry Patrick Keating

August 09, 1959 - February 27, 2011

Larry Patrick Keating

August 09, 1959 - February 27, 2011


1959 – 2011

Palmdale resident, Larry Patrick Keating died at his home on Sunday, February 27, 2011 due to melanoma cancer. He was 51 years old. Larry is survived by his wife, Patricia; his son, Kevin; his daughter, Meari; and a large extended family that includes his mother, Jean; two brothers, Kevin and Brian; two sisters, Ann and Kim; as well as his father-in-law, Donald Farrell and his brother-in-law, Edward. Larry spent a significant part of his childhood growing up in Garden Grove where he enjoyed swimming at the beach and being active in the Boy Scouts of America.

Larry worked as a software engineer in the aerospace industry for 31 years. In 1998 he joined Lockheed Martin Skunk Works and in 2007 was awarded Lockheed Martin’s highest honor, the Nova Award. He was again recognized by Skunk Works in 2010 for his important contributions as an ‘inventor, leader, mentor and friend.’ Prior to 1998, he worked for Rockwell-Boeing. He was also a part-time instructor at Antelope Valley College in their computer science program.

Larry loved life and people and livened every occasion with his quick wit and humor. An athlete and outdoorsman, he enjoyed backpacking, climbing mountains, running marathons and participating in Iron-Man triathlons. He loved every challenge. He had a gift for building as well as creating beautiful works in wood.

Services will be held on March 18, 2011, 11:00 a.m., at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Aliso Viejo, California with interment following at Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest. Donations can be made towards Melanoma Research in his name at:

American Cancer Society

1940 E. Deere Ave. #100

Santa Ana, CA 92704

Or Call at 949567-0613

Please include his name so that the money is designated towards Melanoma Research and they will let Patricia know that a donation was made on his behalf.

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29 responses to Larry Patrick Keating

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  1. Please accept my most sincere condolences on your loss. Words alone cannot express how sorry I am to hear this news. My thoughts are with you and your family. My heart goes out to all of you. I will keep Larry in my thoughts and prayers. May time bring you peace.
    “Behind every cloud there’s a rainbow with sunshine and skies of blue. So always remember that if you have faith, Peace will come to you.”

  2. Linda says:

    May God bless the Keating family during this difficult time. I fondly remember Larry growing up on Orangewood Ave. I am so impressed with all of his accomplishments, love of family, life and adventure.

    My love and prayers are with you all

    Linda Carrillo and family

  3. LtCol J.P. says:

    I knew Larry for only a short time, but his zeal and love of life dominated his presence. His wit and incredible sense of humor carried us through some stressful times, and his imagination and innovative thinking is saving lives of our service men and women in harm’s way.
    Although I hadn’t talked to Larry in some time, I feel that a piece of me passed away too when Larry left this world. He was a loving husband, a terrific father, and a genuine friend, and he will be missed dearly.

  4. Trish and Kevin, we are so sorry about Larry’s passing. We have such fond memories of time spent with the three of you here in our little Kenwood neighborhood. Larry’s humor was so infectious. He will be missed. We hope time will help you heal and know that our prayers are always with you.
    The McAulay Family, Dave, Barbara, Kyle and Nicole

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