Larry Claflin, 78 years old, was born July 3, 1940 to Bernice Lucille Mitchell Claflin and Avery Eugene Claflin. His long, hard fought battle with cancer and heart disease ended at the Kansas Heart Hospital on February 3, 2019.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Reith Claflin, and his sister, Sharon Claflin Skaggs. He leaves to mourn his wife, Dixie Campbell Claflin, son, Michael Eugene Claflin, and daughter, Kimberly Suzanne Claflin, and grandchildren Brianne Bellows, Shaela and Hunter Bammes, Taylor, Kendra, and Kellen Claflin, and great-grand children Hayley, Kash Lynn, and Ranger Bellows, and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Larry attended Gore School and graduated from Wakita High School in 1958. He went on to receive his B.S., M.S. degrees, and his Ph. D. in Plant Pathology. He taught and conducted research at various universities including Montana State University and retired after being on the faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University for 32 years. After retirement, he maintained an office at KSU, teaching periodically and holding the title of Emeritus Professor. During his career, he considered it a very rewarding experience to serve as the Major Professor for over 30 M.S. and Ph.D. students. Many of these were foreign students, whom he and Dixie took into their home, forming lasting friendships.
Bacterial diseases of corn and sorghum were his primary emphases. Through International Agriculture, his research projects led him to extensive travels in Africa, Central America, Soviet Union, and China. He received the Outstanding Education Award from Northwestern OSU in 1992 and the Commitment to Plant Disease Knowledge Award from Hale Library at Kansas State University in 2006.
Larry was known as "the man with the green thumb, " for he could make anything grow. He once commented that he did not wish flowers at his funeral, because he would rather they continued to grow. After retirement, he came home to his farmland near Wakita where he developed a very successful business of growing irrigated alfalfa until he could no longer continue because of ill health.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 6, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Medford, OK., with the Reverend Carl Janocha presiding. Interment will be at the Wakita Cemetery.
The family will receive friends for visitation from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday evening, February 5, at Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Anthony, KS.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Larry may be made to either the Wakita Cemetery, American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association, and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, 602 E. Main St., Anthony, KS 67003, is in charge of arrangements.