Larry Musgrove passes away

Larry Musgrove, 83, passed away on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at his home in Nampa.  Larry is survived by his wife, Thelma, 3 daughters, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

A longtime umpire for the Amateur Softball Association (ASA), Larry started his umpire career in 1967 in Portland, In 1971, Larry moved to Spokane, then to Boise in 1972, finally settling in Meridian in late 1972.  He spent the last 5 years living in Nampa.

Larry umpired his first national tournament in 1987, and umpired in 2 others between 1988 and 1993.  He was the Deputy Umpire in Chief (UIC) for 2 national tournaments in Couer d’Alene, and was received his National Indicator Fraternity award in 1993.

Larry served as president of the Boise Softball Umpires Association, Idaho District 4 UIC, District 4 Commissioner and Idaho UIC. He was inducted into the Idaho ASA Hall of Fame in in 1995.  In 1997, he received the Award of Excellence from the ASA national office in Oklahoma City, OK, and he was inducted into the ASA Region 15 Hall of Fame in 2002.  In Idaho, the Larry Musgrove award is given annually to the umpire in the state that best represents the ideals of umpiring that Larry taught.

Larry retired from umpiring softball after the 2003 season.  He has remained a part of the softball scene in the Boise are for these past several years, and as many of the long time veterans can attest, Larry was one of the main reasons most of the veteran umpires are where they are today.