People Make the World Go ‘Round

In Blog by Upstate Hearing

Being in business 25 years creates wonderful opportunities too numerous to mention but certainly not too many to savor. One of our most rewarding is establishing long-term relationships with our patients. We happen to think our patients are the best in the world! Some have been with us for a very, very, very long time. We even inherited a few when Ken purchased UpState Hearing 25 years ago. Let us “introduce” you to one of our long-time patients, Larry Branscom.

Larry has been crossing the threshold of UpState Hearing since 1978. That’s 47 years! It makes him the longest “long term” patient we have! Larry always has a smile on his face and exhibits a genuine interest in the people he meets.

Born in Red Bluff on January 4th 1926, Larry was the tenth of 11 children. His family moved to Trinidad when he was 12 years old. His favorite pastimes were fishing in a small boat around the Trinidad Head area and hunting wild game.

In 1944, at 17 years of age, Larry was inducted into the Marines in San Diego. He was a field artillery crewman in the Pacific Area and occupied Japan.  After 17 years of service and an honorable discharge in July of 1946, Larry returned home to Trinidad where he was able to continue his passion for fishing.

Larry married his first wife Pauline in 1947. They lived in Eureka where their two daughters and a son were born. Larry worked for a plywood plant in Arcata. In 1960 the family moved to Redding where Larry worked with the Laborers Union Local 185 for the next 38 years until his retirement.  Pauline passed away in 1973. Larry married two more times. In the latter 1980s he joined the Church of Nazarene with his third wife, who passed away in 2003. Larry spent many years enjoying being a greeter and usher, also ushering for funerals and helping with the church summer camps.

As you can see, Larry has not allowed his hearing loss to slow him down or stay away from people. He has embraced his lifelong passion for fishing and hunting and he still enjoys time outdoors with his family.