Cocoa Beach – May 18, 1929 – March 02, 2021 Lawrence (Larry) Bevy Pruett passed away peacefully at Cape Canaveral Hospital with his family at his side. Larry was born in Boise, Idaho and was the youngest of 10 children. He was a Chemical Engineering major at Oregon State University where he was also a linebacker on the football team. After college, Larry served in the US Army during the Korean War. After his military service he accepted a position with Aerojet General Corporation in Azusa, CA. Aerojet transferred their new test engineer to support the growing launch business at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where he was promoted to Aerojet Launch Operations Director. Larry met Barbara Alia Carr on a blind date in 1957. They were married at St. David’s By-The-Sea Episcopal Church in Cocoa Beach in 1958. Aerojet promoted Larry to Engineering Director in 1962 and relocated his new family back to California. In the mid 70’s, Larry co-founded a company called Maritime Dynamics to merge aerodynamic and hydrodynamic sciences in the design and development of high-speed ships for the US Navy. Larry spent the last decade of his career with Lockheed Martin managing several national security programs for US Government customers. Larry loved golf, boats, fishing, raising and training show dogs, antique car restoration and dancing with Barbara, especially to Chubby Checker’s 1960 hit; “The Twist”. Larry is survived by his son, Kevin, and daughter-in-law, Jenny of Cocoa Beach. Larry was preceded in death by his wife Barbara (ne’e Carr), father Bevy (Ben), mother Olive (ne’e Fackrell), and seven sisters Lillian, Irene, Jessie, Eva, Bessie, Erma, Shirley and his two brothers Eugene and Lester. Services will be held at Club Zion Community Church in Cocoa Beach on Wednesday, March 10th, at 11:30AM. A graveside service at Florida Memorial Gardens in Rockledge will follow at 2:00 P.M. You may sign Mr. Pruett’s guest book at beckmanwilliamson.com. Mr. Pruett was never a great admirer of wearing a suit, so per the family's request casual or golf attire is appreciated.
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