Larry Broze joined the Marine Corps in 1968. During basic training the Corps awarded him the winning medal for physical fitness. At discharge he received several medals: National Defense Medal, RVN Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and a Rifle Sharpshooters Ribbon. He served 18 months in Vietnam. When he returned home he married Betsey. His son, Eric, was born in 1970 and they moved from Harvey to Los Angeles shortly after.
Larry became interested in scuba diving; it became his life as sport and profession. He started a scuba repair business in the divers supply shop of a long time friend. Other professionals considered Larry to be one of the most knowledgeable and experienced people for scuba regulator repair in the United States. He wrote a chapter on regulators for a friend’s book Scuba Equipment: Care and Maintenance. He took frequent trips to Catalina Island and Mexico with his diving buddies.
After their dive trips began to wane, the group took up Sunday gardening in Larry’s backyard. Larry devised an intricate irrigation system to insure his favorite tomatoes remained plump and juicy. But motorcycles were Larry’s greatest love. He built his first bike at 16–each piece chromed to perfection. He continued to ride and tweak motorcycles his entire life.
Larry retired last year and actively sought to volunteer with the Veterans Administration because he thought they had helped him so much. He wanted to give something back. He enjoyed helping people. His family has a phrase they often use about his integrity: “Larry lived by a code.”
Larry Broze died on February 15, 2008 in a house fire. He is survived by his wife Betsey, son Eric, mother Eva, sisters Gloria, Arlene and Cynthia, plus other family and close friends whom he loved and spoke of often.