When Larry Levon Albrecht came into this world in the small town of Holbrook, Nebraska on December 14th, 1931, the population jumped to almost 500 people. As times grew lean and the drought that would be the Dust Bowl loomed, Francis and Clara Albrecht scooped up their family and went looking for a better life. The family traveled around the country living at times in box cars as they looked for the right place to lay down their roots. They landed in Lafayette, Colorado.
Growing up in Colorado Larry learned the construction trade from his grandfather and became a star athlete. He graduated high school in 1951 with football and basketball scholarships to attend the University of Denver. That same year he married Barb, the love of his live and wife for 66 years. A year later they welcomed their first daughter Pam, and Penny followed 3 years after that.
He spent his life as a mountain of a man with a smile for anyone who would take it, and built a successful construction business on the way. He built a himself a cabin in the Grand Lake area, where he had spent a great deal of his time honing his construction skills with his grandpa, and eventually would build the Mountain View Methodist church in Boulder, Colorado, where both his daughters were married.
His work as a carpenter quickly lead to a superintendent's position and finally a management position in a construction company before he set out on his own to create Albrecht Construction, Inc. in 1971.
When he wasn't working he was an avid fan of watching sports. His passion for the Denver Rockets was surpassed by his passion for the Denver Nuggets after the Rockets left Denver, and his love for the Broncos shows in his decades of season ticket ownership. When it became popular he became a formidable foe in the fantasy football arena. His knowledge and study of football lead him to become not only a stellar critic of referees, but also excellent at determining the running back that would have the most yards any given week.
Larry put down the professional hammer in 1985 so that he could grow up with his grandkids, and later great-grandkids. With his newfound time off, he became quite the golfer, and excelled at watching his family succeed. It was a rare game, or recital, or extravaganza that he didn't attend. His comforting presence was always capped with the greatest of bear hugs at the end, win, lose, or dance.
Larry is remembered as a lifelong friend, companion, and source of much joy, by his wife Barb.
He was a truly wonderful and giving father to Pam Smith, her husband Steve, and Penny TerHar and her husband Jack.
His thundering laugh, powerful hands, and unforgettable smile will be forever missed by his grandchildren:
Beau Smith and wife Armilda
Larry Smith and wife Amanda
Clayton Smith and wife Andrea
Jennelle Ertl and husband PT
& Jacquelyn TerHar Poussot.
His enveloping hugs brought comfort and joy to those lucky enough to be blessed with such a caring great-grandfather:
He was preceded in death by his parents, his younger brother Van, and his 7-year old great-granddaughter Mia.
Larry left this world on November 14th, 2017, cherished by all who knew him.