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Larry L. Looney

Larry L. Looney, 74 of Austin, Texas, passed away on March 2, 2024.

Larry was born on January 27, 1950 in Wichita Falls, Texas to TJ and Mildred Looney. After Larry graduated from Rider High School in 1968, he spent a few years studying math, history, and sociology at Midwestern State University. In 1979, Larry made his long-planned escape from Wichita Falls, settling in Austin, Texas, where he welcomed a daughter, Caitlin, in 1986.

Larry wore many professional hats, among them a manager at Disc Records, a locksmith at Cothron’s Safe and Lock, a bus operator for Capital Metro (Amalgamated Transit Union 1091), and finally several years as a radio control operator for Capital Metro. It was while driving his route that Larry began chatting with a regular passenger, Donna, and felt an immediate connection. This connection grew to a great love story, culminating in their marriage in 2018.

Larry had an early passion for music, playing the piano and organ as a teen before settling on the guitar, which he played for most of his life. Paired with his time working at record stores, this passion resulted in an encyclopedic knowledge of endless genres and artists. He was happiest enjoying live music with his beloved Donna at his side. After retiring in 2017, Larry had more time to enjoy his wide-ranging hobbies and interests. Whether telling jokes, discussing politics, or describing the latest film he had seen, he had a knack for connecting with everyone he met.

Larry was predeceased by his mother and father. He is survived by his wife, Donna Goodwin, his daughter, Caitlin Taylor (husband Michael), granddaughter, Margaret Taylor, and two very important cats, Bernardo and Billy.

A celebration of life is being planned for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM,

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