Larry Holm

Elementary and Middle School Teacher

HomieLarry, known by many of his friends and former students as “Holmer” was known as a colorful character that loved working with and being around young people.  Whether it was on the soccer field, classroom or on a hike down the lower Rogue with students, he never varied for his caring and nurturing attitude toward young people.  His desire to continue his interaction with kids convinced him even after retirement to substitute when possible so that he could fulfill his desire to work with kids.

Larry began his teaching career in Gazelle, California 43 years ago and to this day he still skis with kids that were in his classroom in those days.  He then moved to the valley and ultimately began teaching at Jewett Elementary School in 1990, later transferring to Scenic Middle School.  He tells us that he still has lunch or dinner with former students as well as spending time with former students fishing and going on crabbing trips.

Mr. Holm tells us “I loved going to school every day regardless what else was happening in my life.  I loved my administrators as they were all pro for kids and gave lots of support”.  He was also instrumental in building the soccer program with his wife and coached varsity soccer at Crater High for boys and girls.  One of his favorite experiences was to accompany Hanby’s’ annual 8th grade 40 mile backpack trip down the lower Rogue River.  He did this for almost 20 years.  He states “to witness the learning and experiences the kids had was so rewarding for both the students and for me.  Now I’m lucky to still have these former students as friends.  I love hearing   – hey Homer do you remember me?”

After retirement, Larry and his wife, Carol have done some traveling and have been very involved with the Family Nurturing Center.  He also advises former students on money issues and life situations.  Most of his days now are taken up in his shop restoring old cars and hot rods.

Two years ago Larry had a serious heart attack and was virtually saved by his dogs who stayed with him until medical assistance arrived.  After open heart surgery, Larry tells he is doing great.  He tells us he is back to walking 3-5 miles daily and is working out 2 days a week.

We applaud Larry as another in a long line of outstanding retired educators from School District 6 who have made a difference in countless young people’s lives.