Reader’s View: Larry DeVoe – A man who lived life abundantly – The Saratogian
The Halfmoon community lost one of its highest-profile elders on Thanksgiving, when Larry DeVoe passed away suddenly at 89 while awaiting his family to join him for the holiday dinner.
Larry, together with wife Ava (“Vaughn”), 10 children, 30 grandchildren and 21(and counting!) great-grandchildren led a wonderful, full life as owners of DeVoe’s Rainbow Orchards, a farm and apple orchard inherited from father Merritt DeVoe and continuing to be worked today by the generations that followed him. A man with a strong work ethic, and even stronger social and political views, Larry was never one to shy away from sharing his point of view. He was also a very considerate, accommodating and understanding fellow, endearing himself to his family, friends, neighbors, and the community at large.
He was a member of the ONDAWA Masonic Lodge for 67 years, and served in multiple positions in Town of Halfmoon government including Town Supervisor. Life for area farmers has been increasingly challenging, but they have always adapted and rose to the challenge. The DeVoe’s added Rainbow Delights ice cream, a post office (sorely needed since Halfmoon shares a ZIP code and a post office with adjacent Clifton Park) and more recently, a U-Haul dealership, plus other ideas attempted over the years.
Larry DeVoe was known for his generosity. For example, he was willing to offer other farmers space to store products that were delivered prematurely and would have missed their planting schedules. When others struggled due to damaged crops or other challenges, Larry would stand up and be counted among their friends and supporters. He viewed the ever-changing world with a skeptical eye, proud of the traditions and principals that his family embodied. He was very proud of that family! And they loved him equally.
If you never met Larry, you can still meet his wonderful family anytime. Simply stop into DeVoe’s Rainbow Orchards and see what they can bring to your table, and have been for generations. Or have an ice cream (in season), mail a letter, or rent a van. There is always something interesting happening at DeVoe’s!
To say goodbye to our friend Larry DeVoe, calling hours will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Catricala Funeral Home Inc., 1597 Route 9 in Halfmoon. A Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m. There will be a graveside service on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Clifton Park Village Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children by going to www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org. or Folds of Honor by going to www.foldsofhonor.org
— Pete Bardunias, Senior Vice President, Community Advancement, Capital Region Chamber
The Halfmoon community lost one of its highest-profile elders on Thanksgiving, when Larry DeVoe passed away suddenly at 89 while awaiting his family to join him for the holiday dinner.Larry, together with wife Ava (“Vaughn”), 10 children, 30 grandchildren and 21(and counting!) great-grandchildren led a wonderful, full life as owners of DeVoe’s Rainbow Orchards, a…