Dr. Larry E. Nordgaarden

Date of Birth

July 7, 1956

Date of Death

November 17, 2021

City of Death

Goleta, CA

Much loved husband, brother, brother-in-law, nephew, uncle, friend, and well-respected doctor of optometry, Larry was born in Cut Bank, Montana, in 1956 and died in Goleta, CA on Nov. 17, 2021 after a year of declining health. He was an honorable man who kept his word and lived and died on his own terms. He knew when to “fold ‘em.”

He graduated from the University of Montana, Bozeman in 1978, earned his O.D. degree from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1982, and practiced optometry in Santa Barbara, CA until retirement in 2018.

Larry is already missed by his devoted wife of 39 years Carol, sister Shirley (Brent), Carol’s siblings: Marcia (Mike) and Greg, three nephews and their families, uncle Dr. John Taylor (Marianne,) his cousins, and his beloved cats Haiku and Raven.

He was pre-deceased by his parents and grandparents, his parents-in-law, his sister-in-law Judy, and cats Ninja, Murphy, and Darby.
A man of multiple nicknames (Nord, Nordie, Dr. No, Lar Bear, Sumo Viking, and CatsPa) and multitudes of friends who loved him, Larry found his biggest joy in life was making others laugh.

To make a donation to honor Larry, please contact RESQCATS at www.resqcats.org or any animal charity of your choice.

Sleep well; sweet dreams.


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