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posted Friday, January 18, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 3
Larry Peter Oakland
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Larry Peter Oakland

March 24, 1941 - December 29, 2012

Larry was born to Evelyn and Peter Oakland at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. He grew up in Woodinville, where he learned, among other things, to play the piano. Larry became quite the accomplished pianist. He played for a group known as Galen, traveling the U.S. and living for a time in Chicago, cutting a record in 1969. Larry passed on an opportunity to accompany Julie Miller in the start of her career at Jack McGovern's Music Hall and instead played for and toured with Janice Ames.

Upon returning home to Seattle he worked at Frederick and Nelson in the record department before moving to Fifth Avenue Records, where he became manager. It was at this time that Larry found the Court of Seattle, The Olympic and Rainier Empire, through their community service work. He became an active member and in 1988 made an unsuccessful run for Emperor. He ran again in 1989 and won the title of Rainier XV. He shared his reign with his Empress, Olympia XIX Crystal Lane, who became the jewel of his heart from Coronation night on. Larry and Crystal were named King and Queen of Hearts Emeritus during their reign. After stepping down Larry remained an active Court member, helping raise funds for numerous charities.

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When the record store closed, Larry started bartending at Spags Tavern, where he worked for several years. Larry was the first customer at the opening of C.C. Slaughters North (now C.C. Attle's), on October 14, 1993, as well as the first customer at C.C. Attle's in the bar's present location. A few months later, manager Mark Engleman hired him to work the morning shift. He remained there until he retired in 2004. After retiring Larry worked for a brief time at the Washington State Liquor Store at 12th and Pine and at another store downtown.

Larry continued to volunteer for the Court. He was the Treasurer for more years than most members can remember. If he wasn't working the door at a pageant or Coronation, he was running the lights and sound, or tending bar.

It was upon returning home from Coronation 2005 that Larry suffered several strokes and was found on the floor by his longtime friend and roommate Scott. After spending several weeks in Swedish Hospital, Larry was transferred to a care facility. He moved into his new home at Providence Heritage House and from his massive video collection was able to run a much-enjoyed movie night for fellow residents. He was also able to attend Court functions and thoroughly enjoyed seeing his friends. One of his greatest highlights was a recent trip to Alaska to see his brother and attend Alaska's Coronation, a trip he enjoyed relating to his friends at Providence and in the Court.

Larry is survived by his three brothers - Myron and his wife, Mary, of Bellevue; Dennis, of Palmer, Alaska; and Ron and his wife, Jackie, of Moses Lake - and numerous nieces and nephews.

Larry will be missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him. A memorial is planned for January 27th at C.C. Attle's, 1701 E. Olive Way, from 3 to 6 p.m.

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