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Larry Watkins

Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:11 am +0000

Dear Forum Members,

We are sad to report that Larry Watkins, the primary administrator of the TruthBook Forum, passed away on February 15 after a short illness.

Many of you know Larry as, not only administrator, but as thoughtful contributor to many discussions on this Forum over a period of many years. And it is thanks to Larry that the Forum has remained as one of the most civil and non-contentious Urantia Book discussion groups out there. The TruthBook Forum has gained a reputation for being a safe place for new readers, as well as for the most seasoned among us. Larry was a valuable and tireless worker for the revelation in many areas, but his contributions to the smooth running of this Forum cannot be overstated.

We here at TruthBook miss Larry tremendously; and even so, we are also tremendously happy for him as he embarks on his new journey. Of him, we feel sure it will be said: "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

God Speed, Larry.

Sincerely,
The TruthBook Team

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Re: Larry Watkins

Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:12 pm +0000

My condolences and sympathies to Larry's family and friends. This forum has now passed into a new era. I feel that we've lost a gracious leader.

Godspeed Larry. I will miss you.

Re: Larry Watkins

Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:14 am +0000

From: https://www.urantia.org/news/2018-03/remembering-larry-watkins-treasured-server-urantia-revelation

Larry Watkins was born May 1, 1942, many years after the births of his two older sisters. When Larry was a fairly young man living in Los Gatos, California, his father suggested that he look into a job at IBM, which was just then opening up many positions in its assembly plant in San Jose. He was hired, and he soon married. During his nearly three decades with IBM, he advanced into the cutting-edge IBM business applications and became an accomplished programmer. His work servicing business contracts with major accounts took him to Vermont, where he found The Urantia Book in 1975.

He was drawn to the book largely because he wanted to know more about Jesus, and he never looked back. Larry eventually moved to Sacramento, California, and was very involved with the Golden Gate Circle Society for most of the 1990s before heading to Colorado, where he was one of the originators of Truthbook.com and a volunteer for the Fellowship.

In 2009, Larry put his scrupulous IBM coding skills to work for Urantia Foundation. It was Larry's job to standardize the formatting of The Urantia Book and all sixteen translations so that the underlying code for all editions was identical. Without this effort, the website versions would not look as immaculate as they do now; neither would the e-book versions exist.

When Larry joined the Urantia Foundation team, he had to convert old Quark, InDesign, Word, and WordPerfect files into HTML. Then he had to add the referencing system—Paper:section.paragraph (Page number.paragraph)—to every paragraph in The Urantia Book. There are over sixteen thousand paragraphs in The Urantia Book!

If this were not enough of a task, he had to code to the rigorous standards needed to create e-books for Amazon and Apple platforms. He did all of this after he had already had three heart attacks.

Larry was also one of the newer members of the Standard Reference Text (SRT) Committee. Originally working in conjunction with the SRT 2009 Committee to coordinate the documentation to be added to Urantia Foundation’s website, Larry was appointed as a full committee member for the SRT 2015 team. Larry’s knowledge of computer technology and his attention to detail were vital to the finalization of the committee’s 2015 project.

He was also instrumental in the recent completion of the Index project that had begun many years ago, around the time of the first publication of The Urantia Book. The HTML coding and programming he did was voluntary. Larry was always available, quick with his turnarounds, and never minded the incessant emails full of never-ending corrections.

Outside of all the work that Larry accomplished with and for The Urantia Book, he was a well-loved personality. He worked behind the scenes with great efficiency and great humility. Many sought his opinions, and his ideas were always well-reasoned, adding clarification to any discussion. His dry, but loving, sense of humor was one of his greatest assets, and made communication with Larry a treat.

We were all very sorry to lose our friend and co-worker on February 15, 2018; at the same time, we are thrilled for him that he has embarked on the Great Adventure of all great adventures. At the end, Larry was peaceful, happy, content, and fearless. He was an inspiration to the hospital workers who attended his final days, and he maintained that loving presence of mind—along with his sense of humor—until the final goodbyes were said.

About you, it certainly will be said: “Well done, good and faithful servant.” You will be missed, friend. Godspeed, Larry!

Re: Larry Watkins

Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:54 pm +0000

I got to know Larry through these forums when I joined a little over 9 years ago. He responded to a number of my posts and I always enjoyed his participation here, especially his no-nonsense way of moderating discussions. Larry was always good about staying true to his convictions.

Over the years I submitted many minor corrections to mistakes I found in the new online version of the Urantia Book he helped to create here. His attitude was always, "please do send anything you find to me and we'll correct it right away", which he always did.

Otherwise I didn't know him very well, but am glad to learn of this news, for he represents another dear soul whom I know was always well-prepared and ever-ready for the call to the Master's "wedding".

Larry lives on in the archives of these posts and I'm sure he smiles down upon those who have taken up his many responsibilities.

Peace be with Larry on his Ascension!

Re: Larry Watkins

Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:02 am +0000

I have not been on this site all that long, few years.

However, I can't forget the contributions I have received from Larry personally.

To me Larry had acquired a special wisdom. His comments reflected a great spiritual insight. I do not agree with everyone who posts on this board including Larry at times. That does not mean the input was not valuable, sometimes the disagreements yield the greatest wisdom.

I will make an effort to meet Larry in the next life. My only hope is that I can produce as much of a mark on the UB community as Larry....only time will tell.


Sincerely,
Paul

Re: Larry Watkins

Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:30 am +0000

Wow! I am just getting wind of this :( This is my first time visiting the forum. While my contact with Larry was very limited, it was always a respectful experience. I remember him as an exceptionally strong writer and firm believer in the revelations. He will truly be missed. RIP Larry.

Re: Larry Watkins

Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:03 pm +0000

Somehow I can't help but think Larry Watkins is writing code to connect the broadcasts to Facebook or some other social platform just around the corner. I thoroughly enjoyed his personality and thoughtfulness.

Re: Larry Watkins

Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:14 pm +0000

I know this is late but I wanted to mention how kind and understanding Larry was with me, I sent off a message to the forum and he just happened to see it as he was about to quit for the day, at first he thought it was spam and nearly deleted my message, but fortunately he decided to take a look and answered. His example is what led me to continue here and I'll never forget his kind words of encouragement.
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