Larry was born in San Francisco and grew up in the East Bay, graduating from St. Elizabeth’s High School in Oakland. After serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, he spent several years with the Shell Development Corp. In 1958, Larry joined the General Electric Nuclear Power Division at the first-ever privately owned nuclear power test reactor at the Vallecitos site.
Larry spent 37 years with GE, rising to the position of site service manager. His responsibilities took him to locations around the world. In 1977, without a college education, Larry earned the title and certificate of Professional Engineer in Nuclear Engineering from the State of California. In retirement, he served on the Apple Hill Estates Board of Directors, worked in the Concannon Winery Tasting Room and was an assistant coach with Linemen Inc Camps.
His twin brother, Jerry, preceded Larry in death. Larry is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Marlene; his devoted children, Gary Tabke (Karin) and Karen Fernandez (Al) of Brentwood; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother Harry Tabke (Rita) of San Diego; sisters-in-law Carol Donato (Larry), Carlotta Barlow (Jim) and Chris Tabke.
A mass was said on Friday, Sept. 3 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Brentwood, followed by internment at Holy Cross and a reception at the Apple Hill Estates Clubhouse.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association in Larry’s name.