Salt Lake City, UT—Larry "Grandpa" Samora passed away Monday, October 4th, 2021, surrounded by his children, grandchildren and loved ones.
Hilario was born in La Puente, New Mexico, on February 18, 1950, to Ernesto Samora and Cordelia Samora. He was the third oldest of eleven children.
In 1959 (mas o menos), the family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where Hilario grew up. In 1969 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Vietnam with the First Battalion, 7th Marines, First Marine Division until he came home in 1972. He was a proud Marine and always had a story to tell about his time in the service. In 1977 he started a 44-year career at Savage Scaffold.
Hilario was a dad, grandpa, brother and friend. He was deeply devoted to his family. He was so generous and gave more than he ever took. His soul was beautiful and there is not one person who would say otherwise. He was humble, caring and will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Hilario is survived by his children Freddie Samora, Gina (Justin) Culbertson, David (Rachel) Samora. He had 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. His brother and sisters, Rosa (Ray) Cordova, Tina (Martin) Campos, Ramon (Loyola) Samora, Jake Samora, Manuel Samora, Eddie Samora, Ernie Samora. He has over a 100 nephews and nieces.
He is preceded in death by his parents Ernesto and Cordelia Samora, son Vincent Samora, brother Raul Samora, sister Rita (Danny) Herrera.
There will be a Viewing and Rosary on Thursday October 14th, 2021, at 5:30 PM at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City.
A Funeral Mass will take place on Friday October 15th, 2021, at 10:00 am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1058 West 400 South, Salt Lake City. Following the mass there will be a procession to the Memorial Redwood Cemetery where he will receive military honors. 6500 South Redwood Road, Taylorsville.
Our dad always said, “Once a Marine, Always a Marine” Semper Fi, forever.