The following is an abridged version of the original article, which can be accessed here: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/fresnobee/name/lawrence-huebner-obituary?id=12015885
Larry Huebner was the complete man. He lived his life with a wonderful balance of passion and meekness. His faith in Jesus and his love of family were the priorities and guidelines of his life. And he had the most infectious laugh. Larry was born in Fresno on May 8, 1931. He graduated from Fresno High in 1949 lettering in three sports: tennis, basketball, and baseball.
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA’s) John Wooden, who became a lifelong friend, recruited him to play basketball, but tennis triumphed. He captained the UCLA tennis team to two national championships and won an individual title in doubles. It was at UCLA where he met the love of his life, Gretchen, who was the head pep girl: a match made in heaven. Larry completed his degree in business and then served two years as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Navy stationed in Hawaii with Gretchen.
From boyhood Larry loved to ski, fly-fish, and backpack in the Sierras. And recently he discovered a passion for golf! But these activities were joys for him when shared with friends and family. It was Larry’s accomplishments in tennis that he was most recognized and for which he was inducted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame and the Fresno High School Wall of Fame. He taught the game he loved to countless people who enjoy the sport because of his mentorship. One of his greatest legacies to the Fresno tennis community is his instrumental role in founding the Fig Garden Swim and Racket Club and serving as the first president and head tennis pro.
Larry’s passions to teach and serve extended to his church and community. For decades he served on the council of Trinity Lutheran Church, taught Sunday School and Bible study, and he and Gretchen cherished the study group they led in their home. He served nearly 40 years on the Salvation Army advisory council and counseled men seeking recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol. Larry touched so many people’s lives that we are only now beginning to discover and for which we are so proud.
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