Lawrence A. Ladue passed away at his home in Ahwatukee on Jan. 3. He was born Nov. 20, 1930, in St. Albans, Vt. He joined the United States Air Force in 1951 and was stationed at Luke Field where he worked as an aircraft electrician during the Korean War.
It was in Phoenix that he met his wife, Myra, at the USO in 1952. They were married in December that same year. Upon his discharge from the Air Force in 1955, he enrolled in Arizona State College and received a bachelor's degree in education. He later earned his master's degree in education from Arizona State University.
He taught for 33 years at St. Mary's High School, Tempe High School and Corona del Sol High School. Larry is survived by his wife, Myra, his son, Eric (Patricia), and his grandsons, Tyler and Travis.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Marjorie, his brothers William, Roland and Robert. For more than three decades he taught chemistry and touched the lives of more than 5,000 students.
Larry had a great sense of human and a positive outlook on life. An avid snow skier, he had a great love of the outdoors, fiddle music, photography and his family. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Memorial services will take place today, Jan. 15, at Arizona Community Church, 9325 S. Rural Road in Tempe, at 2 p.m.