On Sunday, October 25, 2015, Larry died while responding to a medical call with the Lone Camp Volunteer Fire Department in Lone Camp, Texas.
Larry was born in La Marque, Texas, in 1957 and grew up in La Marque and La Porte, Texas, where he graduated from La Porte High School in 1977. After high school, Larry worked in the auto parts business until 2008. In 2002, he and his wife, Jo Lynn (Coupland) O’Neil, moved to Lone Camp near her family. Larry is survived by his wife, Jo Lynn; one son, Robert O’Neil, of Friendswood; and his grandson, Jordan, of Beaumont. He also has four brothers, Tommy, Donny, Terry, and Gary, all from the Houston area.
Larry became a firefighter at the age of 18 by serving with the La Porte Volunteer Fire Department. He continued serving with La Porte for 39 years, retiring as a lieutenant. Soon after relocating to Lone Camp, Larry joined the fire department there. He brought a wealth of knowledge and leadership skills, and he continued his service by mentoring the younger and inexperienced firefighters. He also continued getting education by completing first responder and beginning EMT classes.
Outside of the fire department, Larry loved taking care of his home and helping family members. He was always available to fix broken things and loved to cook, often feeding the whole family and his fire family as well.
One of the greatest joys of Larry’s life was his grandson, Jordan. He loved Jordan more than you can imagine. Jordan was just nine when Larry passed away, but those nine years were jam packed with fun things for Jordan. Larry first bought him an electric John Deere gator when he was only two and then a go cart and mini bike. They rode together, and Jordan loved being in Lone Camp with his granddad.
Larry was always ready to respond to someone in need. He believed in being prepared. That included having equipment ready and being trained to be the best firefighter you could be. His last call was exactly the kind he always wanted to be prepared for. He fought tirelessly to get a fire responder vehicle for Lone Camp, and that day he was driving it. The equipment on that truck helped responders administer aid to Larry, as well as taking care of the stroke victim the initial call was for.