James L. Nothstein of Lompoc, California | 1964 - 2020 | Obituary

James L. Nothstein
James L. Nothstein

December 20, 1964 - May 28, 2020

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It is with Broken Hearts that we reflect on the life of our dear Larry. He was born December 20, 1964 in Valley Forge Military Hospital in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania but lived the majority of his life on the California Central Coast. Larry was kind, warm, and compassionate. He always saw the goodness in everyone, and had the ability to see the positive side of everything. These were among his greatest qualities and he truly touched everyone who met him. He lived a joyful, enthusiastic, and positive life. He was loud and loving, and his laugh was contagious to those around him. He would sing to himself constantly and not care when people looked and giggled, because he always lived in his own happy bubble.

Larry had a true love for soccer, and played in the Santa Barbara and Paso Robles soccer leagues. He started playing at age 8 and did his last slide tackle at the age of 43. He also dedicated 30 years in San Luis Obispo County as a contractor. There was nothing he couldn’t do, except safely climb a ladder with an electric saw. He was a lover of golf, although he never was able to master it. He loved puzzles, video games, playing pool, and spending time with his family.

Larry loved children, and was a devoted Papa (grandfather) and Uncle. In his later life, he loved garage sales and also bargain hunting, but once he discovered online auctions, that became his new favorite pastime. Larry was not a punctual man and had a skill for falling asleep anywhere. He was a great communicator in person, but getting him to return a phone call was a frustration we all endured. He was always there for anyone in need, whether it be a helping hand, a simple conversation or any kind of project. No was NOT in his vocabulary, although it should have been. He was the most kind hearted and loving man we knew.

He leaves behind his wife Danelle Lucado, grandfather Bernard Verbit, mother Chris Fanello, father Jim Nothstein, brother Tom Nothstein, sister Jill Fanello-Emerson, son Bryan Nothstein and granddaughter Ava, daughter BreAnna Gowman, son-in-law Geoff, granddaughter Emmy and grandson Nicolas, step-son Josh and his wife Alison, future grandson Jaxson James, and step-son Evan.

But wait, there are so many other important people we need to mention. His sister-in- law Lynn, nephew Shane and his wife Kelsey and nephew Luke, brother-in-law Mike, nephews Cole and Dean, nieces Morgan and Makenna, Aunt Jeannie, Big Andy and we can’t forget cousins Little Andy, Anna, Steve; his Uncle Steve, Aunt Vickie, Uncle Robert, and Aunt Cyndie.

He was preceded in death by Granny (Regina) Verbit, his Grandfather (Jim) Nothstein, Grandmother (Betty Ann) Nothstein, his daughter Jessica Nothstein and his loyal dog Coco.

Larry passed away May 28, 2020 at the age of 55, peacefully in his home.

Larry we will miss having conversations, drinking with you, and especially your infectious laugh. We will all strive to be the kind of person that you would want us to be and not take any moments for granted. We miss you so much already and we will keep you in our hearts forever. You truly are THE MAN LARRY!

A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.  

In lieu of flowers, please send donation to one of the following:

Wounded Warriors Project - https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org

Cancer Society - https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate

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