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Ladera Residents Rally to Show Appreciation for U.S. Veteran

Larry Lanterman has spent the majority of his life in service to others. From his core values of community and protection of others, he has served in the U.S. Army and for decades as a volunteer crossing guard.

For the last three years, he has worked on the corner near Oso Grande Elementary School in Ladera Ranch, helping keep children safe as they go to and from school. 

Ladera resident Melanie Currie said, “Larry has shown genuine care for our kids each day.” He is known for his kindness and compassion for the children and families he served. His words are encouraging and support is very much appreciated. One resident said, “Larry brightens everyone’s day.” 

When residents heard that his wife of 30 years had passed away, they rallied around him to share their love and support. Larry truly felt that he was among friends who cared about him. 

After the decision to move to Palm Springs to be close to his children and grandchildren, residents surprised Larry with a farewell celebration where he learned that the community had started a GoFundMe page to show their appreciation. The funds will help Larry make the transition.

As Ladera Ranch says goodbye to this wonderful man and U.S. Veteran, we thank him for the lasting impact that he has made on so many lives and wish him the very best in the new chapter of his life.

Our community and our world need more people like Larry. We can continue his legacy of care, kindness, and leading by example. We can take his spirit into the holidays and the new year.

Photo (Above): Larry playing his favorite game, Five Crowns with Ladera kids.

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Photos provided courtesy of Melanie Currie.