Larry T. Pickering was born March 6, 1944, in Trego County, Kansas, to Fern and Tommie Pickering. He died June 14, 2018, at age 74. He met Karen, his wife of fifty-one years, while at Fort Hays State University, and they were married March 26, 1967. They moved to Pueblo later that year, and Larry began teaching P.E. and coaching cross country at Centennial High School. (For details about Larry's career, please read this article from the Chieftain: https://www.chieftain.com/prep/legendary-coach-larry-pickering-dies/article_2841862b-609d-5cb6-a877-952eb6e6d6c2.html). Despite the many coaching honors he received over the years, humility governed his life. He led with quiet but determined strength. Larry's impact on his students and athletes is immeasurable. A popular proverb he passed on to his athletes was, 'When the going gets tough, the tough get going,' a motto he lived throughout his life, especially the last several months. While his accolades accented his career, they did not define his life; his Christian faith did. He was a man of character and integrity. He was devoted to God and his family. People were drawn to his unassuming nature and gentle disposition, and he was blessed with many friends. He is survived by his wife, Karen; his daughters, Kelly Pickering and Kimberly Fisher; his grandchildren, Kenyon Fisher, Landon Fisher, and Katarina Kreit; and his sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Ed Purinton. Larry's memorial service will be on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Majestic Baptist Church, 494 E Hemlock Dr., Pueblo West, Colorado, 81007. Memorials may be made to Majestic Baptist Church Building Fund, 494 E Hemlock Dr., Pueblo West, Colorado, 81007, in memory of Larry Pickering. Online condolences may be offered at www.montgomerysteward.com.

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  1. Karen, What can be said that would bring even a small measure of comfort? I do not know. I post this merely that you would know that I care for you very deeply, and I am so very sad Larry is gone from this earth — and yet, I have peace as I’m sure you do also — knowing that he is home at last.
    Prayers are lifted for you and the girls; that you would be comforted and have all the strength you each need in the days and month to come while you adapt to a new reality. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Love Edna

  2. I extend my sincere sympathy to Karen, Kim and Kelly and family. Coach Pickering was such nice person and man. I have fond memories of him from Centennial. Always a very calm presence at school and very admired person by so many students. He will be greatly missed by Pueblo.

  3. My deepest condolences to the Pickering family. Larry certainly touched my heart in the time I knew him. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Karen.

  4. We wish the time spent with the ones we love could last forever. And in our hearts it will. My thoughts are with you during this sad time.

  5. My deepest sympathy to Karen, Kim and Kelly and family. I will never forget forget Larry, he was like my second dad and will always be in my heart. He taught me to never to give up and to always be positive, that if I work hard enough I could achieve anything. I will still remember him telling us ” when the going gets tough, tough gets going”. I will remember him as I walk around Mineral Palace Park standing there with his clip board and training all of us.

  6. I had the pleasure of working with Larry at Centennial H.S. for five years. He was always a gentleman and professional; highly respected by students and co-workers. My sincerest condolences to his family members.

  7. We are so sorry to hear if the loss of Coach Pickering. He was such a positive influence on so many .

  8. My deepest sympathy for the passing of Larry. What a wonderful example of a deeply faithful Christian man! He was an inspiration to and loved by so many.

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