Sunday September 23  |  Wilkinson Public Library  |  3PM  |  FREE

An avid skier his whole life, Larry found his true home in the mountains in Telluride. He continued to ski every year until he was 95. He was a proud member of the 90+ Ski Club and wore his patch with honor. He took great joy participating in the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program as a volunteer and then later in his life he continued his passion for skiing with the support of the amazing TAS Staff. He also loved hiking, fishing, hunting and was an accomplished photographer.

Larry and his wife Betty shared a vision to create a public library for Telluride. It began modestly in a Quonset Hut behind the community center in 1972 and progressed to the old stone jail. Then with an addition built on to the jail it was dedicated as the Wilkinson Public Library. Finally with the passage of a bond measure to fund the construction of the current 20,000 square foot library it was dedicated in 2000 as the “The Elizabeth and Lawrence Wilkinson

Library” in honor of their vision and longterm commitment. For many years he was a board member and President of the Library Board as well as being involved in the regional Pathfinder Library System. He always said that it was the dedication, volunteers and support of community of Telluride that made it happen. The library staff and people of Telluride have made the Library what it is today, not only a five star library but also an amazing community center.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the library on September 23rd at 3:00 at the library. In lieu of flowers, he requested that donations be made to the Wilkinson Public Library in Telluride (, HopeWest Hospice, and the Black Canyon Barbershop Chorus.

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