Pastor Larry Lee Coats
Loving and Beloved Pastor,
Husband, Son & Brother
May 16, 1950 — June 25, 2007
MONTROSE — Pastor Larry Lee Coats, age 57, a resident of Montrose since 1994, died on Monday, June 25, 2007, at the University Hospital in Denver, Colo.
Larry, the son of Gail Coats and Beverly (Williams) Coats, was born on May 16, 1950, in Miami, Okla. He spent his childhood, graduated from high school and grew to adulthood in Pueblo, Colo. He then graduated from Mount Vernon Bible College in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
On July 16, 1983, Larry was united in marriage with his best friend, Marlene Harris, in Eastland, Texas.
In September of 1994, Pastor Coats and Marlene moved from Fort Worth, Texas, to Montrose, where he served as senior pastor of Church for the Rockies.
God blessed Pastor Coats with wonderful talents and gifts. He reproduced Edison wax cylinder records with 1920s and 1930s music and sold them all over the world. Pastor Coats was also a composer, concert pianist and scientist. His additional accomplishments included conference speaker and he produced video teachings used for the underground church in Russia, China and Finland. During his 57 years, Pastor Coats left many beautiful memories for those he touched and influenced during those years. He will be deeply missed.
Surviving family members who were blessed and honored to share Pastor Coats’ life include his wife, Marlene Coats; his mother, Beverly Coats, both of Montrose, Colo.; and his brother, Gail Wayne Coats and wife Georgia, of Tulsa, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, June 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose.
A funeral service in loving remembrance and to celebrate Pastor Coats’ life will be officiated by Pastor Jerry McCoy, of Fort Worth, Texas, at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 29, at the Abundant Life Church of God in Montrose. Interment will follow the service in the Grand View Cemetery, west of Montrose.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Christ for the Rockies, In Memory of Pastor Larry Coats, P.O. Box 2116, Montrose, CO 81402.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction and care of the Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, 802 E. Main St., Montrose, CO 81401, (970) 249-2121.