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Larry W. Berryhill
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at the Colonial Chapel of Franklin and Downs in Modesto for Larry Wayne Berryhill, 64, of Argentina. The former Ceres resident died Aug. 24, 2009 of a heart attack in Tunuyan, Province of Mendoza, Argentina.

Born Sept. 4, 1944 in Escalon, Larry was raised in Ceres where he attended grade school and Ceres High School. While in high school he was chosen for Boys State and involved in track where his track record in the 880 still stands. He was active in Boy Scouts attaining the Eagle Scout Award. While a teen and young adult he was a counselor for Boy Scouts and 4-H.

Mr. Berryhill went to Arizona State University on a track scholarship and graduated in secondary teaching. He coached and taught 10 years at Westwood High School in Mesa, Ariz., while he worked on his master's degree at ASU. He then attended Brigham Young University (BYU) on a scholarship. There he worked as an assistant track coach while he earned his doctorate. He taught and coached at Ceres High for 10 years where he was head track and cross country coach and Athletic Director.

After coaching in Ceres, he taught at Bingham High School in Jordan, Utah and returned to coach the men and women pole vaulters at BYU. His overall years of coaching produced All-Americans, NCAA champions, and Olympians. His teams were always outstanding and he received numerous awards for his coaching, teaching, and leadership. He spent short intervals coaching athletes abroad including one month coaching the pole vaulters on the national team in China.

During the summers Larry was busy with his Alaska fishing lodge. His lodge was noted for its outstanding gourmet meals and good fishing. His passion was hunting and fishing and he loved the outdoors.

He leaves behind his parents, Ronald and Gloria Berryhill of Ceres; his brother, Michael Berryhill of Ceres; and two nieces, seven nephews, aunts, an uncle, and numerous cousins.

Remembrances may be sent to Boy Scouts of America Greater Yosemite Area Council, 4031 Technology Dr., Modesto, CA 95356.

-Ceres Courier /September 2, 2009