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Larry Mills, a 16-year resident of Rancho Murieta, died Saturday at the age of 67 after a year-long battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Friday at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church on Cantova Way.

Mr. Mills was born and raised in Bozeman, Mont. "Growing up, they would hunt and fish, and that's where they got all the meat for the family," Terri Mills said of her father's Big Sky Country upbringing.

Mr. Mills met Jo, his wife of 44 years, when they attended high school together 50 years ago. "They were high school sweethearts," Mills said.

Larry and Joan Mills

A shared love of golf brought Larry and Joan Mills to Rancho Murieta 16 years ago.

After earning a degree in accounting from Montana State University, Mr. Mills embarked on a career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. His work with the federal agency included posts as an accountant, budget officer, and personnel director in Montana, California, and Washington, D.C.

It was a shared love of golf that brought the couple to Rancho Murieta, where they settled into their home on the South Course 16 years ago.  "They loved living here. They had great friends and were involved in a lot of things," Mills said of her parents. "He was part of the senior men's group, and he would help out with tournaments."

Mr. Mills played golf several times a week. When he made a hole-in-one on Hole Six of the South Course, he bought everyone drinks when he got back to the clubhouse, his daughter recalled.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Mills is survived by a son, Scott Mills, of Denver, Colo., and his brother, Rob Mills, of Three Forks, Mont.


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Wonderful Man

Larry was a joy to be around and I will always remember his smile.  He will be greatly missed.  My heart goes out to his family and friends.

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