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Greetings Classmates,

It is with profound sadness that I report to you the passing of our 8th Company classmate, Neil “Monty” Larimer. His obituary is as follows.

NEIL M. LARIMER (February 21, 1957 - December 5, 2017)

On Dec. 5, 2017, Neil M. Larimer died suddenly during his daily workout. Neil was born to Neil M. and Dolores (Vensel) Larimer on February 21, 1957 at Camp LeJeune, NC. He went to Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1979, serving on submarines until 1985, retiring as a Commander.  Neil had a successful business career becoming VP of Global Sales for Mallinkrodt Pharmaceuticals. He and his family moved to San Antonio in 2003.  He is survived by his devoted wife of 38 years, Kathleen McCamley Larimer and their children Ryan Larimer (USMMA 2009), Dr. Gregory J. Larimer, and Mary Kate Larimer (UT Austin 2016) and fiancé Christopher Jackson. He is survived by his parents of Tampa, FL, sister and brother-in-law Wendy and Chris Arpaia of Dallas, brother Bret Larimer of Fort Collins, CO, and many beloved nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law, and friends. Neil was an avid Steelers fan, enjoyed skiing, and played tennis at Fair Oaks Ranch CC. The family is mourning the loss of a wonderful son, husband, and father. A memorial service will be held at Mission Park at Dominion on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 11:00 AM.
Published in Express-News on Dec. 8, 2017
If you wish, a note of condolence may be sent to Kathy and his family at:
Mrs. Kathleen Larimer
76 Westcourt Lane
San Antonio, TX  78257-1372

On a brighter note, my last email mentioned a classmate recovering from a serious heart attack. It was Mac Williams of 21st Company and his lovely bride sent me this update:

Hi Sean,
This is Julie Williams. I’m checking email on my husband’s phone. Mac (21st) had his heart attack on Nov. 16 while we were on vacation. He was life flighted to a Nashville hospital. He had some serious complications and during the heart attack suffered a loss of oxygen to his brain. He wasn’t expected to live but fortunately defied the odds and woke up on Thanksgiving Day. Twenty days later we had Mac transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta for rehab. He is doing great and if you didn’t know better you would never know he had any problems. The loss of oxygen to his brain is what we are working on now with short term memory and some other things to help him get back up to speed.
Mac and I both have been very appreciative of all the well wishes, phone calls and prayers on his behalf by his USNA classmates.
We’ll be watching Navy beat Army today as the snow continues to fall in Atlanta.
Kind regards,
Julie Williams
Mac’s email is: olda6pilot@aol.com.

Finally, 1st Company classmate Joe Padula was evacuated from his Ojai, CA home by the fires but his home did survive. He passes along the cautionary note that his evacuation notice came via a landline (old-school) phone connection. Power was already out so if he had an answering machine phone, that call might not have gotten though, nor cell service if not signed up for local alerts.
Thanks also for all who were concerned about my daughter’s safety – she was fine.

Sorry about the outcome of that game Saturday. Beat Virginia 12/28!


Omnes Viri 1979,


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