Larry attended country school in Graham, later attending Saltcoats School, and graduated from Yorkton Regional High School in 1970. At the YHRS he was part of the champion football team and band which he played the tuba. Later he attended Saskatchewan Roughrider and Regina Rams training camps. He briefly attended Red River College for computer technology and then went to work for the Canadian Postal Service in Winnipeg before returning back to the farm to operate it with his father and brother.
Larry married Lynn Irvine in Winnipeg, Man. on November 17, 1973. They were blessed with 3 children, a daughter Amanda in October 27, 1974, Robert in August 31, 1975 and Adam in June 26, 1981.
He commenced the farming with his family with the introduction of a feedlot and slaughter plant to the existing operation. After his father passed away in 1983, Larry, his mother, brother Allan Blake, and sister Jean ran the farm. His son Robert joined the operation in 1994. In 2007, Larry and Rob split their portion of the operation from the rest of the family and his youngest son Adam joined. At the time of his death the farming operation grew to 5,300 acres of pedigreed seed, grain and oilseed with beef cattle.
In addition to running the farm, Larry help operated a retail store “The House” in Yorkton which specialized in seed, feed, gardening supplies, livestock supplies, tack, and western wear up to its closure in 2014.
Larry was active locally in the Saltcoats Agricultural Society, Saltcoats Minor Sports, Saltcoats Boy Scouts and Saltcoats UGG board.
Larry joined the Saskatchewan Seed Growers Association in 1978, later serving as Director and President. From 1997 to 2008, he represented Saskatchewan on the National Canadian Seed Grower Board and was the CSGA representative to Western Grain Research foundation (WGRF) from 2004 to 2010. He was Chairman of the University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre Advisory Committee and a founding member of both the Seager Wheeler Grain Show and Saskatchewan Crop Production Week. Larry continued to innovate in his field, and in 1991, was one of the founding members of Value Added Seeds, a new seed marketing company which is now known as FP Genetics.
Larry will best be remembered by all as the large man with an even larger heart. He was like a celebrity wherever he went. At seed grower meetings, where many of his fellow growers stated he was like a king holding court, Larry would find a comfortable spot and everyone would be drawn to him. In fact, he was like this everywhere - people were always drawn to him, whether it was a business meeting, coffee shop, or auction sale – also known as some of his favourite hangouts. Larry was quite the social butterfly, and could talk with anyone about anything. He would question you until he found a common ground, and then a lifelong bond would be made.
He loved collecting things - all sorts of things - from pins of places he’s been to his latest love, antique tractors. Larry had a lot of passions, the pedigree seed industry being near and dear to his heart, his passion of flying that he took up in his forties, until they took his license 2007 (which if you talked to him he would have told you what he thought about that!), riding his Harley, driving his convertible and spending time with his grandchildren which he took great pride in. He was always a very genuine person and never scared to tell you what was on his mind. He will be truly missed by all.
Larry was predeceased by father Adoph Rene Littman, mother Rhoda (nee Blake), sister Shirley Werle, brother-in-law Gerry Werle, brother-in-law Bob Wong, father-in-law William Irvine and mother-in-law Helen (nee Burns).
Larry leaves to mourn his wife Lynn Littman, daughter Amanda Littman, son Robert Littman (Amy K), son Adam Littman (Terrie), Grandkids Emma and Kirk, sister Jean Littman, brother Allan Blake Littman (Elaine), in-laws Tom & Dana Irvine, Bill & Carla Irvine, Lorna Wong and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service will be held for Larry on Monday, June 18, at 10:00 am from the Littman Family Farm near Saltcoats with Walter Farquharson officiating.
Interment will follow in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Larry may be made to the Saltcoats Fire Department.
Directions to the Littman Family Farm: Go East on 725 then turn North on Range Road 2020
Land location: NW18 Tp24 Rge 1 W2
Saltcoats Fire Department
Box 150, Saltcoats SK S0A 3R0