Lawrence F Balestra | Billing’s obituaries


Larry fell in love with the west, the people, the carefree lifestyle and of course the mountains. He built his own family log cabin in the Red Lodge Mountains and gave many tours of Jackson Hole, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks for friends and family.

Larry has always loved science, musicals, opera and art in general. Family trips to Denver, Minneapolis, and New York introduced his family to musicals, art galleries, and a variety not found in Billings. His outgoing and welcoming personality has served him well in life. Friends of his children, neighbors, patients and eventually grandchildren would benefit from his stories and life lessons. He was a fine example of a great Christian man.

Martha and Larry were married 74 years. In 1993 they left the snow of Montana to spend their retirement with family and new friends on the beautiful shores of Daytona Beach. Martha died October 31, 2020. Larry is survived by his three children Jim (Niki), granddaughter Jennifer; Barbara; and Sheri (Michael), grandson Matthew (Mary) and daughter Ashley (Ryan), and great-grandson Wyatt, Sydney, Patrick, Hannah and Declan.

A Catholic mass celebrating life will be held at St Patrick’s Church, followed by a funeral later this summer.


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