Larry Duane Stamm

Feb 9, 1935 - Jun 10, 2015


Born in Concordia, Kansas on February 9th, 1935, Larry passed away at his home on June 10th, 2015 with his wife Marcie by his side after losing his battle with cancer. Larry is survived by his loving wife Marcie (Zenker) of 59 years; they were married at St, Peter’s Lutheran Church, Elk Grove, CA on June 7th, 1956. He Is also survived by his children James, Jeff (Jill) and Burt, his sister, Adda Lou Davis (Denny); and his brother Max (Tammy). He was the proud grandfather to six grandchildren (Eric, Dallas, Jon, Hunter, Taylor and Morgan) and recently became a great grandfather to Shiloh James Stamm, Larry was preceded in death by his parents Herman and Edna (Moore) Stamm, and his older brother Loren. In 1952, Larry volunteered for service with the US Navy and was assigned to be an aircraft handier (yellow shirt) for a F4U Squadron aboard the carrier USS Wasp (CVA-18). Assigned to the Far East Command-Pacific, patrolling the waters around Korea, Japan and the Philippines during the Korean War, he is credited with a total of one (1) year 20 days of sea duty. After his discharge from the US Navy in 1955, he obtained his Associate of Arts Degree in electronics from Sacramento City College; but noticing an announcement to become a Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff, he passed the test and was quickly sworn in as a new Deputy Sheriff. This day would culminate in a distinguished 31 year Career with the Sheriff’s Department, where he retired as the Undersheriff in 1989. Larry began his career with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department In July 1958 as a young Deputy working at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (RCCC). From 1958 to 1967, Larry worked as a Deputy, a Detective, a Sergeant and then an Inspector in the Patrol and Detective Divisions. In 1968, Larry was promoted to Lieutenant, working the Administrative, Detective, Records/Warrants Divisions and was also assigned to work the Main Jail. During this time Larry developed the Sheriff’s Department’s first federally funded grant for planning and research. In April 1971, Larry was promoted to Captain assigned to lead the Detective and Youth Divisions and also the Main Jail, While a Captain in the Main Jail, he directed the operation of the maximum security facility with 45, 000 annual bookings, completed a $1.3 million remodeling project and developed a federally funded classification officer grant program. As a Captain of the Youth Division, Larry implemented youth advisory programs and investigated crimes committed by youth; working the Detective Division, he administered all investigative activities of 72 employees involving cases of homicide, robbery, narcotics, burglary, theft, fugitives and forgery. From January 1978 to August 1989, Larry was a Chief Deputy for Special Services, investigative services, and Security and Correctional services where he negotiated the state funds for a new $110 million main jail and coordinated design and construction of the facility. He developed and implemented the nation’s largest weekender program ($750, 000 in annual revenue), represented the department on all corrections issues for action or, local, state, and/or federal levels and served on a variety of committees involving jail administration and corrections issues. As the Undersheriff (Aug 86 – Aug 89), Larry was responsible for them a management and control of the Sheriff’s Department’s $92 million budget, directed departmental personnel management supervision and training for the departments 1, 500 employees. He directed all command staff operations: corrections, patrol, investigation, court security and administrative services. Larry also interacted with the myriad of civic organizations, community leaders, governmental officials, and other statewide law enforcement agencies. After retiring from the Sheriffs Department, Larry began working as a Field Representative at the California State Board of Corrections, where he utilized his expertise in jail operations, planning, construction and management. He conducted on-site inspections of city and county jail systems statewide, to include evaluating the compliance with minimum jail standards. He participated in plan review meetings for new jail facilities and remodeling projects. As a qualified expert in jail operations, Larry also conducted bi-annual jail inspection training to newly impaneled county grand jurors. Although law enforcement and teaching were his professional passions, Larry’s true dedication and fierce loyalty was his family, During his illustrious career, Larry always strived to spend time with family – motorcycle rides with Marcie, camping all over California (especially enjoyed trips to Pacific coast, Fort Bragg area), coaching Little League baseball games (even umpired a few games), youth basketball teams which he enjoyed coaching with his brother-in-law Larry Zenker, rebuilding and working on a 1949 Studebaker truck, Model T bucket hot rod, Harley-Davidson, Triumph motorcycles and even the pit boss when his son raced motorcycles. Larry and Marcie traveled the United States to see friends and family (especially grandchildren) in Kansas, Texas, Alabama, Wash DC, South Dakota, they even made a trip to Brazil to visit family stationed there. He was an Associate Professor at California State University at Sacramento (CSUS) from 1971 to 1983, where he taught Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Management courses to hundreds of students throughout the Sacramento region. He also attended the National Executive Institute held at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA and the National Executive Institute. Larry was a member of the following professional organizations: Association of Department Veterans and Employees, 711 Club (Past President and Life Member); Northern California Peace Officers Association, NCPOA (Past President and Life Member), National Jail Managers Association (Life Member), California State Sheriff’s Association. He was also very active in the South Sacramento Moose Lodge, the Florin VFW, Elk Grove Elks, AMVETS, and the Concordia, Kansas American Legion. His educational accomplishments include an Associate’s Degree, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration with specialization in Criminal Justice and all course work completed for a Master of Arts in Social Science with specialization in Public Administration. Larry received many awards and decorations over the course of his professional life – for his US Navy service he was awarded the National Defense Medal, the United Nations Medal, the China Service Medal, and the Korean Service Medal. Following his retirement from the Sheriff’s Department he received a letter from President George H.W. Bush highlighting a career characterized by his loyalty and dedication to law enforcement after a distinguished 31 year career. A private family memorial and burial service with military honors provided by the US Navy and VFW, was held on June 16th, 2015 at East Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary in Elk Grove, CA. A “Celebration of Larry’s Life” will be held on Monday, July 6th, 2015 at 11:00 at the Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacto. Friends and Family of Larry are invited to attend as we celebrate the extraordinary life of Larry Stamm.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


  • Jana Lagomarsino says:

    Dear Marcie, Larry has been on my mind so many times lately. I did not know that he had passed until this evening. My thoughts are with you, as I know that although time has passed he will always be in your heart and mind. Blessing to you and yours, Love Jana (the old Infusion nurse)

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