Larry Michael Locklear
July 25, 1952 – September 6, 2023
Larry M. Locklear, known to family and close friends as “Sponge” or “Big L,” was born in Albany, GA on July 25, 1952. He passed away suddenly in his home in Oklahoma City, on September 6, 2023, at the age of 71. He graduated from Crooked Oak High School in 1970, and thereafter, he served his country in the Air Force Reserves. In 1979, he started his career with General Motors that would last until he retired in 2009. During his tenure at GM, he became an active member of the UAW. In his spare time, he worked and gave service to a variety of local OKC golf courses both in and out of retirement. He loved and enjoyed all things aviation and cherished the times spent with his sons at air shows and the times they simply pulled over to watch arrivals and departures at Will Rogers Airport way back when. Larry also had a profound passion for all things sports, having played baseball and football in his younger years and then focused on softball and golf in his adult life. He was particularly fond of spending time watching and talking football with his son Jason. Perhaps his favorite pastime was teaching his son, Ryan, the game of golf during the years they spent together on their own. He was a huge Cincinnati Reds fan and loved the Oklahoma Sooners so profoundly that those close to him believed he probably bled crimson and cream! Larry had many friends on and off the “Line” at General Motors over the years, and the names Marvin, Randy, Big Jim Fox, Larry Sales, Jimbo Owens, as well as Janice and Sandy and Steve and Tink are just a few of the life-long friendships he formed. He was a man known to be blunt and straightforward, as well as honest and trustworthy, and someone who could be counted on. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends and especially by his two sons, Jason and Ryan, who loved him unconditionally despite their own struggles. He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Mary Edna Locklear of Del City, OK, and his brother, David Locklear of Del City, OK. He is survived by his eldest son, Jason M. Locklear of Edmond, OK, and his beloved youngest son, Ryan C. Locklear of Moore, OK, whom he loved to call “Rhino” and/or “Lil Baby Ry-Ry,” his brother, Kenneth Smith of Tulsa, OK, and two stepdaughters, Angela Thiessen of Houston, TX, and Nikki Berry of Yukon, OK. We hope you find peace and happiness, Dad, as you prepare to “tee off” with Marvin on the links in Heaven. We now send you off to eternally rest in peace with one last “Boomer Sooner!” There will be no viewing or visitation.