Larry Eugene Shiflet died on August 2, 2022. He was born in Iola, Texas on September 2, 1940, the son of Cecil and Estelle Shiflet.

Larry was one of seven children. He kept his family close and spent most Saturday mornings having lunch with his brother, sisters, nephew and friends. He spent almost every Sunday morning with his son, Brad, sharing a cup of coffee. Brad was his proudest achievement, he often said. Brad’s wife, Susie, was a loving and dear daughter to him and their beautiful daughter Laryssa – her namesake – was his delight. During his life, he particularly enjoyed car racing, playing the drums and guitar, fishing and playing golf.

After leaving Sam Houston High School, Larry served in the United States Air Force as a security specialist for four years in Alaska. He often said that he joined the army because his beloved father made him go to bed before midnight, which he did not like at all, and decided that he would be responsible for his hour of to sleep. But in the Air Force, to his dismay, he had to be in bed by 9 o’clock! He returned to Texas and worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad as a special investigator. He later joined the Harris County Constable’s Office 4 and rose to Deputy Chief where hundreds of officers served with him. Even those who did not personally work with him knew him and his legendary reputation.

His police career spanned more than 50 years. He touched hundreds of thousands of people with respect and kindness; tributes to his loyalty and benevolence poured into his family. Larry has received numerous accolades and honors, including being named Citizen of the Year in 2006 by the Lake Houston Partnership.

In retirement, he bought an RV, a boat, new golf clubs, a few new guitars, several new fishing rods, and then he just enjoyed every moment. He especially enjoyed spending time with his beloved dogs, Cash and Greta.

Larry and Cynthia were married in November 1999. They lived together for almost 25 happy years. They founded Tribune Newspapers in 2007 and enjoyed serving the community in the news business. They adored each other and had a love affair for ages – everyone felt it.

He was an excellent dancer – he and Cynthia were often the last couple on the dance floor at parties and galas. He was also a wonderful musician, having taught himself to play drums and acoustic guitar. As a young man he played in bands in North Houston and loved every second of it. Four years ago he decided to learn bass guitar and was very good at it. He, his brother Gary, his sister Betty and good friends James Andrews and Ben Lafollette formed a band and played for hours every Monday.

Larry had the rare ability to meet people and form instant friendships. Everyone adored him and thought he was one of the best men they had ever known. He was patient, kind, generous, fair and intelligent. He was patriotic, responsible, stable and loving and set an example for so many people. He was also always on time and often told Cynthia that if they weren’t 30 minutes early, they were late!

Larry is survived by his wife, whom he revered, Cynthia; his precious son, Brad Shiflet and his wife, Susie; son-in-law Wilson Calvert and his wife, Stephanie; his daughter-in-law Olivia Calvert and her husband, Lachlan Faulkner; brother, Gary Shiflet, and his wife, Terry; sister Betty Palla; the beautiful light in her eyes, her granddaughter, Laryssa; nephew Clay Shiflet and his wife, Jen; cousins ​​and other dear relatives.

Always easy-going, friendly and calm, when asked how things were going, his usual response was, “Awesome! I’m just Cadillacin’ on a Volkswagen chassis!”

Donations, for those who wish, should go to Jade’s Legacy, the rescue group that gave him his beloved Greta. Visit JadesLegacy.org, scroll down on the homepage to “help our cause”.

Author: David TachinE-mail: This email address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.