Lawrence Scott Canoff

August 14, 1951 to June 22, 2018

Larry Canoff, age 66, passed away on June 22, 2018, following a five-year battle with multiple degenerative neurological conditions.  He is survived by his wife Karen, daughter Alyssa, son Vince and Vince’s daughter Cora.

Larry was born in Chicago, Illinois, to parents Edna and Ray Canoff.  He was a graduate of Sullivan High School and obtained a master’s degree in communications / broadcast journalism at Loyola of Chicago.

In 1972, Larry moved to Medford, Oregon, to take a job as a DJ at a local radio station.  He later met his wife, Karen Huston, in Eugene, OR.  The couple were married in Portland, OR in 1981, and moved to San Diego, California in 1985.

For most of his adult life, Larry worked as a stay-at-home-Dad, never missed either of his children’s sports games (baseball, softball, basketball, soccer), and was a most loving Papa to his granddaughter Cora.  He coached baseball in the Mission Trails Little League in San Diego and basketball in the Destined to Be Stars program in La Mesa.   Larry also loved movies and music, particularly R&B, Soul and Blues.  In addition to his family and friends, he often said that baseball was his life and his church.

According to his wishes, Larry’s body is being donated to the Science Care program.

Larry and his family request that anyone wanting to honor Larry’s memory do so through:

Monetary donations to:

Alzheimer’s Association (National Office)
Online donations:
or by mail to:
Alzheimer’s Association National Office
225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17
Chicago, IL 60601

Donations of gently used household and personal items to one of the two thrift stores that support the Sharp Healthcare Hospice program:

The Thrift Korral
8693 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942


Second Best Shop
1513 3rd Street
Coronado, CA  92118

We had some great times in the 60's. Spent a lot of time growing up together, doing crazy things, trying to beat the dealer, so to speak. Larry was a great friend, but life gets in the way. Rest in Peace Larry, enjoy the comfort.

David Brezin on July 18, 2018

Larry was a friend since the 60’s . He lived with me and Jim Seibel and Dave Brezin in college. Too many crazy stories to tell. Rest In Peace old friend 😎

Elliott Frank on July 15, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss . I hope you find comfort in the scripture at Acts 24 : 15 . This is what our God promises for all . And we can look forward to what is written in Psalms 37 : 1-40

AMR on July 10, 2018

Just wanted to express my deepest sympathies for your loss. I have such fond memories of Larry, getting to know him at his “church of baseball”. Our boys - Vince & Zach, pitched for the Patriot League and were close friends in high school. Larry and I shared many a spirited conversation at the games - on all matters affecting the universe. There was no mistakening the support and devotion he showed for his family and friends. He will surely be missed, but remembered warmly by all who knew him. May his memory bring some comfort during this time and may he Rest In Peace.

Paula Buchwitz on July 09, 2018

Our deepest condolences to your family at this time. Larry had a contagious laugh and smile. He is in a better place now. Rest In Peace. Britt & Zach B

Brittany & Zach Buchwitz on July 05, 2018

Condolences to Karen, Vince, and Alyssa. Larry was always a joy to be around. I fondly remember the many years of baseball games and setting up our schedules every spring for the blues concerts we would attend together. His smile and attitude for life will truly be missed.

Chris Kamp on June 29, 2018

My condolences to the Canoff family...Larry & I used to hang out in grammer school at Rogers Park in Chicago...RIP old friend. Marc J Ostrof

Marc J Ostrof on June 26, 2018

I will always miss that smile and wit. I loved going to Tai food followed by our Padre game. Always catching up on life and talking ball. Spending the summer of Vinces senior year, trying to rehab Vinces arm was time well spent. You were truly loved and I will miss you.

Goody on June 26, 2018