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In Loving Memory

Larry William Carper

November 8, 1950 – April 14, 2020

Larry William Carper, 69, of Friendswood, Texas, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2020 in the comfort of his own home with family present. Mr. Carper, born in 1950 in Winchester, Virgina, was the son of the late Loring Russel Carper and Leana Cooper Carper. In his youth, he attended the Shawnee Presbyterian Chapel. Larry leaves behind loving family including his wife of more than forty years, Linda Kay Carper; sons, Christopher Carper and his wife Jessica (Friendswood), Kenneth Carper and his wife Benita (Houston); four grandchildren, Troy Christopher, Emma Kathleen, Benjamin William and Theodore Robert Carper; sister Patricia C. Williams (Winchester), nephew Michael James Williams and wife Dawn (Winchester).  As well as a niece, nephews and extended loving family in Poquoson, VA.

After graduating from James Wood High School, he attended Nashville Auto Diesel College. He served in the US Army from 1970 to 1973. Larry attended Virginia Tech graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. While at college, he met his future wife Linda and married in 1975.

Larry began his Amoco career in Yorktown, VA. He retired from BP after 30+ years with Amoco and BP. Over the years he guided many colleagues, contractors, and vendors to the betterment of the industry. He was always willing to stand up for what he believed. He greatly enjoyed volunteer home repair, working with various organizations in the greater Houston area. Larry was an avid and skilled woodworker, he enjoyed projects around the house and with his grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date. A private graveside service will take place in Poquoson, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.  Larry will be greatly missed by his family and will continue to be deeply loved and forever in their memories.

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15 thoughts on “Larry William Carper”

  1. Prayers to travel with you and your family Larry. Your labor's on Earth have earned a well deserved rest. Until we meet again Sir.

  2. I had the opportunity to work with you off and on for about four decades. My respect for you and your knowledge will remain in my heart. I offer prayers to your family for strength these coming days.

  3. Kenneth – I send you and your family my deepest condolences for the passing of you father. I am sending prayers for all of you at this very difficult time. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

  4. Kenneth and family, it was special honor to work with Larry for the short time I knew him. My memories of him include his very genuine smile and strength of character. My prayer for you is God's peace and comfort, and the knowledge of His love for you all.

  5. My condolences to Kenneth and the entire Carper family. Larry was well known and respected in the industry, his legacy being carried on by his sons and their families. My prayers are with you all.

  6. Having been involved with Cat Crackers at the Amoco/ BP Texas City refinery in various capacities over the years, my team and I had many opportunities to work with Larry on some very difficult issues. We knew the Calvary had arrived when Larry showed up and we were in good hands. Always professional and brought world wide experience to our solutions, and we never took that for granted. We lost a good friend and we pray for his family that they may find strength and peace in the coming months knowing Larry will be missed by many friends and co workers across the globe. Rest in Peace my friend.

  7. I met Larry and Linda when I started work at Amoco's Yorktown Refinery in 1978. We became friends right away. Larry was loved by everyone at Yorktown. Later, in 1995 Kathleen and I and our kids were transferred to Texas City where we were Larry and Linda's neighbors and friends for life. We are so saddened to hear of Larry's passing.

    Larry was the consummate engineer. He was considered one of the best in the world in his field. He always stood by his principles and did what was right which gained him great respect. Larry was also a very kind person and would help anyone in need. We will miss Larry dearly and we pray for Linda, Chris and Kenneth and their families.

    Mark, Kathleen, Katie and Bob Dinterman

  8. Kenneth, my condolences to you and your family. Your dad was a good friend and a teacher to me. He will be greatly missed.

  9. Larry was a person you won't forget. He was a tough customer and business man. Very strong in his ideas a beliefs. He also had a very kind heart and was always willing to help. He helped me and many others learn and grow in the industry. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and many friends.

  10. Giovanni Zura Puntaroni

    I worked with Larry in Italy in the past. He was a teacher for me and I remained alwais impressed from his friendly approach.
    My condolences to Kenneth and all the Larry's family.

  11. Kenneth – I am so very sorry to hear about your fathers passing. My condolences to you and the Carper family. Larry's friendship, advise, and discussions will be deeply missed. I could always depend on Larry to share his knowledge and experience on many technical issues over the past 25 years. My prayers are with you'all.

  12. Kenneth I am sorry to hear about your father. Larry will be missed by the industry he served for so long with his knowledge and experience over the years. My prayers to you and your family.

  13. I knew about Larry for 6 or 7 years before I actually met him. He and I were working on many of the same kinds of problems, and equipment. So I heard great things about "the guru from Amoco" from fabricators, engineering specialists, etc. When I finally met him, I discovered that he was in fact quite an expert, opinionated (extremely), but a great guy. Over the years, we bumped into each other on and off. I continued to hear about Larry all over the industry. Almost everyone said only great things about Larry, as an engineer, and more importantly, as an example of a great person. The few who did not share these opinions were the ones who crossed swords with Larry, and lost. Crossing Larry, was NOT a good idea.

    The most important thing that I can say, is that Larry & Family raised a great son. Kenneth, like his dad, is a great guy.

  14. I first met Larry when he was with Amoco Central Engineering in Chicago and I was with Amoco Research in Naperville. We had a FCC failure in Whiting and I was doing a failure analysis in the lab. Larry didn't believe that the component had failed by sulfidation, so I had Larry drive out to Naperville to personally examine the broken parts. This lead to a great work relationship. A few years later, I transferred to the big Texas City complex. One year later, Larry and Linda moved into our Friendswood neighborhood, and Larry "designated" me as his on-site home inspector while the house was being finished, with him still in Chicago.

    Trust me, that was a tougher job than any of the Amoco jobs Larry and I did together!

    Once they moved to Friendswood, we grew even closer to Larry, Linda, Chris, and Kenneth. Our annual event was Thanksgiving dinner with them.

    Larry was the kind of guy who you could spar with professionally, but then come over and help you replace the brakes on your old Dodge van. (That was a 3 beer job for me).

    Larry was a pro's pro. Great asset for Amoco and the refining industry and a great guy to know. We will miss him.

    Don & Nancy Chronister

  15. Kenneth, sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I enjoyed working with him over the years and he will be missed. Will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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