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Large, Darryl Dean

d. January 19, 2011

Darryl “Dean” Large, age 74, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at St. John’s Hospice in Springfield. Dean is survived by his partner, Patricia; half sisters, Judith, Jayme; half brothers John and Jeffery; step-sister Joyce and step-brothers Larry & Lonnie; nephews, Ronald, Robert; and his best buddy, Deana. Dean was born September 1, 1936 in Athens, Illinois, the son of Kenneth and Henrietta Shutt Large. He is preceded in death by his father and sisters Marilyn Wicks & Jeanne Large. He owned and operated L & D Garage and Circle L Towing. Dean also worked for Springfield School District #186, retiring in 1978. Dean also was a partner in the Feed Corral. He was a member of the Carpenter’s Union, Pleasant Plains Masonic Lodge #700 and Percheron Horse Association of America. Percheron draft horses were a significant part of his life. He plowed, entered parades, showed, and worked with the horses for nearly 30 years. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens with Masonic services being held there at 6:30 PM. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 AM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home.

Rev. Charlie Carver will officiate. Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens. Memorials can be made to the Pleasant Plains Masonic Lodge #700 or Percheron Horse Association of America.


  1. Pat, Juanita and Family, I am very sorry for your loss, you are all in my prayers and if there is anything I can do please let me know.

  2. pat,you know where my heart is and it is sure with on deana for me .

  3. love ya

  4. I want to offer my sympathy for the death of Dean. We attended grade school and junior high at Williamsville and Dean was a childhood friend. Although I hadn’t seen Dean in many years, Shirley (Dyer) Ferguson had kept me posted about his wherebouts. I’m sure was a good man and a hard worker and he will be missed. You have my sympathy and my prayers.

    Joan (O’Neal) Smith

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