Lawrence J. Klinkhammer

Lawrence J. Klinkhammer

December 09, 1944 - November 01, 2015

Lawrence J. Klinkhammer

December 09, 1944 - November 01, 2015


Lawrence “Larry” John Klinkhammer passed away at Freedom Manor in Lake Forest, California on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the age of 70.

Larry was born in Inglewood, California on December 9, 1944. After graduating from El Segundo High School in 1962, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in History/English in 1967 from California State College, Long Beach. He was later awarded a Master of Arts Degree in Instructional Media in 1976 from California State University, Long Beach. In his career, he dedicated 35 years toward teaching English with the Anaheim Union High School District.

Throughout his life, Larry enjoyed fishing, playing card games, hiking, and collecting DVD movies. After his retirement, he volunteered at Saddleback Church Peace Center’s ESL program and the Bible Study Fellowship Children’s School Program, as well as traveled with church members in 2007 on a Saddleback Peace Kenya mission trip.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Connie de Leon Trinidad; former spouse Toni Rango; his three daughters Lori, Julie, Tamara, and stepdaughter Camille; his grandchildren Ryan, Riley, Taylor, Jaden, Matthew, and Michael; his sister Susan; nephews Rob and Darren; and cousins Brian and Becky.

The memorial service will be held at Saddleback Church (Plaza Room), 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, CA on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Jim Hay officiating. Refreshments will be served at the Terrace Plaza (upstairs). Interment to follow at 2:00 p.m., El Toro Memorial Park, 25751 Trabuco Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made online to support the worldwide ministry of Bible Study Fellowship at

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16 responses to Lawrence J. Klinkhammer

  1. Anne Rosen says:

    I don’t know if anyone will ever read this, as it is 7 years tomorrow since his passing. I have long wondered what happened to my 8th grade teacher at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Reseda, California in 1971. Maybe it was his first or second year teaching? He would have been still in his twenties.

    Mr. Klinkhammer brought guitar masses and lots of singing to our school, He was completely organized, and a superb teacher. He headed Student Council I think. He brought school spirit to a new level. We all respected him and listened to everything he said.

    One day, a student, Tim O’Hern, fell asleep at his desk an hour before the end of the day. Mr. Klinkhammer had us all quietly clean up our desks, and leave the classroom. We turned off the lights and cleaned the chalkboards, and then waited outside taking turns looking in the small door window. Finally he awoke and was freaked out that had been left. We all came back in and he was so relieved.
    He was a kind, kind, man and I will never forget him.

    Anne Rezzo-Rosen.

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