Larry  Claxton


Thomas Laurence (Larry) Claxton of Gainesville passed away on April 26, 2019, at the age of 67, after a long and valiant battle with cancer.
Larry was born February 3, 1952, in Dallas and was reared in Gainesville. He was an Eagle Scout, graduated from Gainesville High School in 1970 and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado in 1976. He attended graduate school at the University of North Texas in Denton and received his juris doctorate degree from St. Mary's University Law School in San Antonio in 1983. After practicing law in Dallas for two years, he returned to Gainesville in 1985 where he has remained in private practice.
He dedicated his life to trying to make life better for his clients, his friends, and his family... much of this accomplished through community service. He served on the GISD Board of Trustees, was past President of CASA of North Texas (Court Appointed Special Advocates), treasurer of the Cooke County Bar Association, member of the State Bar Legal Assistants Committee, former member of the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, past president and served many years on the Cooke County Child Welfare Board, and is past chairman of the Cooke County Democratic Party. He served as both a special judge and a special prosecutor for Cooke County, has been a municipal court judge for Gainesville and taught paralegal classes at North Central Texas College for more than 8 years.
Growing up he loved to go camping and hunting with his dad and brother but later when he became a champion for animals he replaced his gun with a camera. His work with Noah's Ark in Gainesville was one of the highlights of his life. He also loved Star Trek, Marvel and all things SciFi. As an avid golfer, he was extremely touched when his friends and colleagues honored him with a golf tournament benefit in 2016. His legendary sense of humor never failed and continued to comfort those around him even through his most difficult moments.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents Bob and Polly Claxton. He is survived by his brother, Chip Claxton; his sister, Barbara Chapman and brother-in-law Willie Chapman; his sister, Kim Claxton; niece Tiffanie Claxton and fiancé Aaron Rutter; niece Casey Chapman-Ross and husband Will Ross; his nephew Chris Chapman and wife Jennifer Risen; and an abundance of great nieces and nephews who absolutely adored him. And last but not least, his furry kids: Katie, Rory, Ziva and Abby who provided much love and comfort for many years.
Larry asked that we thank all of his nurses and doctors at Texas Oncology and his team at Pathways Palliative Support Care who took such loving care of him for the past three years.
Larry chose to donate his body to UT Southwestern for cancer research. At his request a celebration of life will be held in his honor at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to Noah's Ark of Gainesville or any charity of your choice.
Published on April 30, 2019
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5 posts

Virgil Parkhill
May 07, 2019
"GODs finger touched him and he sleeps"
I will remember Larry.
Lisa Griffin
May 05, 2019
I am not aware of our meeting on Earth but I was drawn to your obituary and Absolutely Love Your story, Sir! God has blessed your path and allowed you to bless countless others. May the Lord continue to bless your family and friends. Thank you for your life here
Now, enjoy all that we have hoped for and been promised in Heaven.
Julie Muller
May 03, 2019
So sorry to hear the passing of Larry. May God be with the family during this time.
Becky Leonard
May 01, 2019
Love you Larry! You are so missed here, but you're where you need to be. May you RIP and watch over the rest of us as we stumble around here in Earth...until we meet again...much love!
Sidney Rippy McLaughlin
May 01, 2019
Dear Chip, Barbara, Kim and the rest of the family,
I am so very sorry to read of Larru's passing. He was such a great guy. The world is an emptier place now.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.