John Thomas Larimer, 27, of Crystal Lake, died suddenly on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo. His life was tragically cut short as a result of a random act of violence.
He was born Feb. 16, 1985, in Crystal Lake to Scott Murray and Kathleen Mary (Lavin) Larimer.
John was a 2003 graduate of Crystal Lake South High School, where he was active in the speech team, theater, band and academic team. In middle school he was a member of the Future Problem Solvers. He was also active in Boy Scouts. John’s first job was at a movie theater and later at Chili’s restaurant.
John graduated in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a dual degree in political science and history. He was involved with the History Honors Society.
John was 4th generation U.S. Navy. He graduated from basic training at Great Lakes in 2011 and then graduated from Cryptology Service School in Pensacola, FL. He was currently serving as a Crytologist Technician at Buckley Airforce Base in Aurora, CO.
In addition to his parents, survivors include his four siblings, Nora (USAF Capt. Jacob) Wilwert, Anne (Andrew) Price, Beth (Colin) Croft, and Noel Larimer; maternal grandmother, Joan Lavin; maternal great-grandmother, Anne Schupolsky; aunts, Randee Larimer and Karen Lavin; uncles, Thomas (Lynda) and Kevin Lavin. He was also the proud and loving uncle of Jack, Leah and Alec Wilwert, Emily Price, Liam Croft and a large extended loving family and friends.
John was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John and Margaret Larimer; maternal grandfather, Thomas Lavin; and uncle, Nolan Larimer.
Visitation will be held for the public from 3 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 27 at , 419 E. Terra Cotta Avenue (Rt 176), in Crystal Lake.
A private funeral will be held for his family and close friends, with a private burial to follow at Crystal Lake Memorial Park Cemetery, Crystal Lake.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John T. Larimer Memorial Fund, in care of CitiBank, 225 W. Virginia Ave., Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Contact Marie Davis at 815-477-5051 for information regarding electronic donations.