Walter Larry Whitten • September 30, 2021
June 28, 1948 – September 30, 2021
“Unable are the Loved to die, for Love is Immortality.” ~ Emily Dickinson
Born in Andalusia, AL, Larry was the eldest of Walter Calvin and Jolynn Whitten’s four children. He grew up in the Beulah area of Pensacola, Florida on a family farm growing produce and raising livestock and horses on several acres. Larry served in the U.S. Army Security Agency and completed two tours of duty in Vietnam. After his military service, Larry returned to Pensacola and attended Pensacola State College (PJC) where he met his future wife, Patrice. Married in 1978, they resided in Atlanta, Georgia where Larry worked as a professional marketing and sales engineer for international robotics and computer equipment firms. After several years, Larry returned to Pensacola and embarked on his first entrepreneurial venture.
Larry was often described as “larger than life” and had the unique ability to be completely present in every moment. Mentoring the next generation and helping others achieve their best life brought Larry great satisfaction. Among his many interests, Larry especially enjoyed gardening, woodworking, engineering and engaging in building projects. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, boating, hiking, and shooting competitions, as well as simple pleasures like watching sunsets over the lake with Patrice.
A voracious reader and lifelong learner, Larry loved technology, computer games, history, and science fiction novels. At gatherings, he could always be counted on to share stories, wisdom, clever puns, and music and book recommendations. A lifetime Alabama Crimson Tide fan, Saturdays in the fall were spent in his favorite chair rooting for his team.
His family was his greatest pride and joy and he loved sharing his life with them. Left to cherish his memory and carry on his legacy are his wife of 44 years, Patrice; their five daughters, Rachel, Jessica, Nicole, Megan, and Dana; his three sons-in-law David “Cords” Cordingly, Barry Pate, and Josh McDonald; two grandchildren, Lilly and Dillan Nix; his special Aunt Jewell House Curry, siblings Joe Whitten (Shirley), Lisa King (Darryl), and Jeannie Jacobs (Billy); several nieces and nephews; cousins; and his devoted mother-in-law Margaret Shiver.
Larry’s greatest outside interest was his business endeavors. In 2018, Larry established CasTech Products, Inc., a thriving manufacturing and construction company, and now leaves it in the hands of his family to fulfill his vision.
In-person visitation will be held Monday, October 11, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. with a Celebration of Life to follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Pensacola Memorial Gardens located at 7433 Pine Forest Rd., Pensacola, FL 32526. After the service, there will be a graveside committal service with military honors. Officiant is the Honorable Jerry L. Maygarden, former Mayor of Pensacola. Pallbearers are David Cordingly, Gene Jacobs, Josh McDonald, Barry Pate, Charlie Shiver, and Chans Whitten.
The service will be available via live webcast for anyone that cannot attend. You may watch the webcast live and/or for approximately 90 days after day of service by entering this website address into one of the compatible browsers (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox on a Windows computer/phone or Safari on an Apple Mac/iPhone):
The password for viewing this webcast has been set to: 21252
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Patrice and Larry Whitten Scholarship Endowment at Pensacola State College at http://alumni.pensacolastate.edu/whitten-scholarship/
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