Larry Paine, 77, passed away July 1, 2021 in Green River, Wyoming. He was a beloved husband, father, grandpa, and great-grandpa.
Larry was a long-time resident of Sweetwater County and former resident of Shia Town, MI.
Mr. Paine was born in Vernon, MI, on July 17, 1943 to Clark Paine and Eleanor Simenuk. He attended schools in Michigan where he obtained his GED and later graduated from the police academy.
He married his adored wife Judy Strong Paine in 1999 in the backyard of their cherished home where they spent 22 amazing years together. He was an amazing husband, soulmate, and best friend.
Larry was a simple man and one of few words but had a presence that warmed everyone’s heart. Larry was a true cowboy and avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish and used to say that the mountains were his church. He loved dogs and even trained them for the bind, as he was president of the Bancroft Lions Club. He also belonged to the NRA and was a member of The Fraternal Order of Eagles.
He belonged to the Army National Guard and served in the Cold War. He was honorably discharged on April 30, 1969. He was often found talking about politics and discussing the constitution.
Larry Paine was a big-hearted man who took pride in his family, country, and career. He was frequently telling jokes or sharing funny memes and videos. Larry loved helping his community and stuck to a strong code of ethics.
His career in law enforcement started in Michigan in 1968 where he soon took the Chief of Police position, which he held until 1977. At which time Paine moved out west to work for the police department of Sweetwater County. He stared as the county’s jailer, moved to dog catcher, to patrolman, and then to patrol sergeant.
Eventually, he transferred to the Sheriff’s Department, as a detective, where he worked on countless cases in Sweetwater County. Later, he was appointed as Undersheriff. After retiring from his police career, he worked for the city of Green River in waste management. He served the community for more than 15 years and the heavy weight of his absence will be felt by his friends and family. He was extremely loved and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include one brother; Bill Paine of Corunna, MI; five sons, David Paine and wife Terry of Lancing, MI; Adam Paine and wife Jessica of Williston, ND; Chris Shutran and wife Angie of Rock Springs; Mike Shutran and wife Angela of Green River; Danny Shutran and wife Jackie of Pocatello, ID; one daughter Bonnie Paine and wife Terrie Dugan of Flagstaff, AZ; nine grandchildren: Kaleigh, Keira, Mikaylah, Drake, Felicia, Christopher, JoJo, Maci, Thomas; seven great-grandchildren Kale, Denim, Grant, Natilee, Nicolle, Ezekial, and Ariella.
Mr. Paine was preceded in death Clark Paine and Eleanor Simenuk; parents, one sister, Kathy Paine; one grandson, Garrett Paine; and one daughter, Patricia Ellen Paine.
Following cremation, a Celebration of Life with military honors will be conducted from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 11, 2021, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles #2350, 88 N 2nd E Street, Green River, Wyoming. Since Larry was such a die hard fan of the Denver Broncos, the family strongly encourages everyone to wear their oranges and blues to celebrate his life this upcoming Sunday.
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