Larry Groff

August 27, 2001

Groff.Lawrence_Photo RESIZEDLawrence “Larry” Groff was tragically killed, along with Lars Stratte, when their two tankers collided over a wildfire in Hopland, CA.  Larry was always known to be a generous, kind man who charmed all with his southern drawl.  He had a strong presence, which solidified his status as a devoted husband to his wife and a loving father to his children and step-children.  Throughout his career as a pilot for both the California Department of Forestry and the U.S. Navy, Larry was able to log over 15,000 in differing aircrafts.

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