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Memorial created 02-26-2008 by
Dey Nucum-Hersh
Claro Mario Nucum
November 21 1954 - February 25 2008

Loving Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle & Friend

This online memorial was created in loving memory of Claro "Larry" Nucum, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign Claro "Larry"'s guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember Claro "Larry" forever.

 A Spiritual Journey

Life is a spiritual journey from the first day of our birth,

Life is a spiritual journey on this beautiful planet called earth.

Life is a spiritual journey - we're here to learn all we can,

Life is a spiritual journey - a special gift from God to man.

Claro "Larry" Mario Nucum was born on November 21, 1954 in Pampanga, Philippines and passed away on February 25, 2008 in Seattle, Washington at the age of 53 after a long and brave battle with cancer.

He graduated from Terra Bella Elementary School, Monache High School in 1974 and later attended University of Washington with his GI Bill following 2 years in the US Navy.  He later worked for Kenworth Truck Company and Sweden Freezer Company as a draftsman. He also owned a video store and travel agency.

At the age of 18, Larry joined the US Navy where he served in the USS Kittyhawk until 1977. After discharge from the navy, he moved to Washington, where he met and married Miriam Montoya in October of 1978. They settled in Seattle, WA where they raised their two sons, Lowell Myron and Lester James.

Larry became a member of Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) through his friend Navy friend Benjie Vasquez.   He was baptized on April 1,1977. He remained an active member in the Church up until his death. He held various offices while he was a member of the Church such as secretary, deacon, security coordinator,  and district office worker.  His faith was a big part and important part of his life that he encouraged and offered his oldest son Lowell to the ministry.

Larry was an avid sports fan and active in his church. He enjoyed bowling, traveling and cooking for friends and family. Above all, his greatest passion was his family and his brothers and sisters, who will miss his wonderful sense of humor and warmth. He was a loving and very giving brother, husband, father, uncle and friend. He shall be greatly missed.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Jose B. Nucum in 2006, a Terra Bella Elementary School teacher and Secondina Ramirez Nucum in 1996, a psychiatric technician, both from Terra Bella, California. Also his brother, Jesus in 1963.

He is survived by his wife, Miriam Nucum, his two sons, Lowell (Melca) of San Francisco, and Lester of Seattle.  He also leaves behind 5 brothers in Central California: Jim (Victoria), Angelito (Renate), and David (Petra) of Porterville; Joe (Marissa) of Terra Bella and Daniel of Castaic, California. He also have 3 sisters in Southern California:  Rose Marie (Jose Gonzales) of Walnut, Claudine (Dennis Hersh) and Joseline of Ontario.  He also leaves behind his 12 nephews and one niece and many other close relatives in Terra Bella and Porterville.

A family celebration of his life will be held at 10 AM on March 8, 2008 at Columbia Funeral Home  in Seattle, WA. followed by at 1 PM a graveside service at Greenwood Memorial Park, Renton, WA.  
Visitation at Columbia Funeral Home  in Seattle, WA is scheduled on March 6 and 7 at 4 PM to 7 PM.  Continued on Saturday, March 8 at 9 AM to !0 AM.

Lowell , Larry Lester & Miriam


 Four Candles for You

The first candle represents our grief.
The pain of losing you is intense.
It reminds us of the depth of our love for you.

This second candle represents our courage.
To confront our sorrow,
To comfort each other,
To change our lives.

This third candle we light in your memory.
For the times we laughed,
The times we cried,
The times we were angry with each other,
The silly things you did,
The caring and joy you gave us.

This fourth candle we light for our love.
We light this candle that your light will always shine.
As we enter this spring season and share this night of remembrance
with our family and friends.

We cherish the special place in our hearts
that will always be reserved for you.
We thank you for the gift
your living brought to each of us.

We love you.
We remember you.

Lowell & Melca
and Lester


The Nucum Family Circle


Perfection Wasted

And another regrettable thing about death
is the ceasing of your own brand of magic,
which took a whole life to develop and market --
the quips, the witticisms, the slant
adjusted to a few, those loved ones nearest
the lip of the stage, their soft faces blanched
in the footlight glow, their laughter close to tears,
their tears confused with their diamond earrings,
their warm pooled breath in and out with your heartbeat,
their response and your performance twinned.
The jokes over the phone. The memories
packed in the rapid-access file. The whole act.
Who will do it again? That's it: no one;
imitators and descendants aren't the same.


Nucum Brothers & Sisters


It would be good to give much thought, before
you try to find words for something so lost,
for those long childhood afternoons you knew
that vanished so completely --and why?

We're still reminded--: sometimes by a rain,
but we can no longer say what it means;
life was never again so filled with meeting,
with reunion and with passing on

as back then, when nothing happened to us
except what happens to things and creatures:
we lived their world as something human,
and became filled to the brim with figures.

And became as lonely as a sheperd
and as overburdened by vast distances,
and summoned and stirred as from far away,
and slowly, like a long new thread,
introduced into that picture-sequence
where now having to go on bewilders us.


Nucum Brothers


From day one,
without knowing it,
I loved you with all my heart.
As I grew older I looked up to you and to no other.
Yes, we fought many of times but you supported,
and encouraged me in everything I did.
You were my best friend and my hero.
At night I miss the sound of your laughter,
I miss you climbing through the window when you were late.
I miss your comfort and the way you made me feel safe.
I miss our nonsense arguments and all our wrestling matches just to pass time.
I like to remember our times together good times and the bad.
I regret the times I yelled at you when you were only trying to help,
but you know I only did it because you did it to me.
I wanted to do everything you did,
because I wanted to JUST like you!
I miss your smile and laughter,
and I miss the way our room smelt of your feet and socks.
But most of all I miss your reassuring smile and playful jokes.
I wish I could go back and tell you how I felt,
tell you that I really need you no matter what I said.
I kept your favorite sweater and wore it every time I thought of you
like I did when I was little.
I will always love you no matter how long its been,
since the day your life came to an end.
I miss my big brother.


Larry's Brothers & Sisters


A Brother, A Father A Good Man To All

I remember a time in youth
Brothers, best friends, together always.
basketball and baseball, - oh those were the days.

I remember, together as teens
The fighting and arguing and all in between
The laughing and joking till tears filled our eyes.

I remember those times each day I wake
Not understanding God's choice in who to take
A brother, a father a good man to all.

I remember our last time together
Sitting and talking well into the night
Together, your sickness we vowed to fight.

I remember that night in  May
The phone call we've all come to fear
Still remember those words after almost a  year.

I remember those words, will all my life
Your wife's voice shaking ' he doesn't want to continue with his chemo'
Those words went through my heart like a knife.

I remember you brother always so strong
I pray every day when you left for P.I. in May with your family
I thought I'll never see you again, I guess I was wrong.

I remember a time in youth
Brothers, best friends, together always.
Basketball, wrestling and baseball, oh those were the days.



Husband & Wife

The Best Man I Ever Knew


When we married, I saw you as perfect,
The ideal husband and more;
I thought I knew all about you,
All the things to love and adore.


But when you became a father,
I saw new qualities to treasure.
You enrich all our lives in fresh ways;
As a dad, you bring so much pleasure.


Our children are forever blessed
To have a father like you,
And I love you more than ever,
You’re the best man I ever knew.

Lester & Lowell


 A Dad is a person
who is loving and kind,
And often he knows
what you have on your mind.
He's someone who listens,
suggests, and defends.
A dad can be one
of your very best friends!
He's proud of your triumphs,
but when things go wrong,
A dad can be patient
and helpful and strong
In all that you do,
a dad's love plays a part.
There's always a place for him
deep in your heart.
And each year that passes,
you're even more glad,
More grateful and proud
just to call him your dad!
Thank you, Dad...
for listening and caring,
for giving and sharing,
but, especially, for just being you!


The Larry Nucum Family


"The most important thing a father can do
for his children is to love their mother."
~~Author Unknown

"To her the name of father was another name for love."
~~By Fanny Fern.~~

"They didn't believe their father had ever been young;
surely even in the cradle he had been a very,
very small man in a gray suit,
with a little dark mustache and flat, incurious eyes."
~~By Richard Shattuck.~~

"Fathers, like mothers, are not born.
Men grow into fathers-
and fathering is
a very important stage in their development."
~~By David M. Gottesman.~~

"It is a wise father that knows his own child."
~~By William Shakespeare (1564-1616)~~

"It doesn't matter who my father was;
it matters who I remember he was."
~~By Anne Sexton (1928-1974) U.S. poet.~~

"I cannot think of any need in childhood
as strong as the need for a father's protection."
~~By Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)~~

"A Man's children and his garden both reflect the
amount of weeding done during the growing season."
~~Author Unknown.~~

"The greatest gift I ever had
Came from God, and I call him Dad!"
~~Author Unknown.


My Father, My Guiding Light


Dad, you’re like the sun to me,
a sure thing, always there,
beaming light and warmth on my life.
Whatever is good in me today,
I owe to your wisdom, your patience,
your strength, your love.
You taught me by example,
as a role model,
how to be my own person,
how to believe in myself,
instructing me without controlling me.
Even when we disagreed,
you held us together,
so our bond was never broken.
I understand what you did for me,
and I am so grateful that I have you
as my solid foundation, my rock.
I respect you, I admire you, I love you,
my guiding light, my father.

A Proud Sailor Serving His Country

A short poem for sailors



Sailors pray,
For fair winds and a following sea

The smell of salt in the air,
The feel of their skin as it's touched by the spray

An albatross soaring above,
Dolphins in the ship's wake at play

To witness a work of art that only God can create,
The sunset at the end of day

At night a million stars in the sky,
Safe anchorage in an islands lee

When the time comes to die as for all it must,
To awake in Sailors Heaven where nothing ever rusts

And always there would be,
Fair winds and a following sea


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