Lee was born November 5, 1927, and passed away at home in Bothell, Wash., on May 11, 2013.
He was born in Port Angeles, Wash., to Eliza May Hopf Larrick and Leland Stanford Larrick Sr. Lee’s younger brother, Donald Earl Larrick, was born in 1929.
After high school, Lee was inducted into the U.S Army during World War II. He was honorably discharged from the Army in May 1947. Using the GI Bill, Lee obtained a bachelor’s and a master’s of education degree from Western Washington University.
Lee began his career on Whidbey Island in Langley in 1950, as a teacher and principal of Langley Elementary School. He married Beverly Carlson and they began their family on the island. In 1962, Lee moved to Bothell as the principal of Lockwood Elementary. In 1970, he was honored as Outstanding Administrator of the Year for the Northshore School District. Lee retired from Northshore in 1986 as the principal of Maywood Elementary. One of the most memorable of Lee’s 35 years of service to education was 1984 when he was an exchange principal through the Victoria Teacher Exchange of Victoria, Australia.
A great passion of Lee’s life was the cabin at Fish Lake, Wash.
After his marriage to Beverly ended, he met Ella Johnson Colson, who happily became Ella Larrick in 1985. They enjoyed traveling and joyful hours at Fish Lake. Lee also enjoyed woodworking, particularly creating beautiful grandmother clocks for his family, and playing pinochle with the "jolly boys."
Parkinson’s and heart disease took Lee out, but did NOT TAKE HIM DOWN! He was active to the very end. Lee is survived by his wife, Ella Larrick; children, Margaret Elise (Eric Dickman), John Larrick (Dolores), James Earl Larrick (Lisa), and Mary Carlson; step-children, Kim Bodnar (Paul), Kathryn Unruh (Loren), Sara Ahola, (Jason); six grandchildren, Gregory, Mitchell, Sydni, Rachel, Evan, and Nicole; seven step-grandchildren, Emily, Meaghan, Anna, Evan, Dean, Bryan, Henry and Samuel.
A celebration of Lee’s life will be held Monday, June 17, from 5-8 p.m. at the Hollywood Schoolhouse, 14810 NE 145th St., Woodinville, WA 98072. All who knew and loved him are invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hopelink or Children’s Home Society.