LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. Lawrence S. Jenness died at home, Aug. 16, 2008, with his wife, Nancy, at his side. He was born March 16, 1924, in Orono, the son of Lyle and Geraldine Jenness. Larry attended Orono public schools and the University of Maine, interrupting his studies after his freshman year to join the Army Air Corps in 1943. He served as a flight mechanic and editor of the base newspaper being discharged in 1946. Returning to school, Larry participated in the Maine Masque, was editor of the campus newspaper and coached the state championship debate team from Orono High School in 1949. He then taught at Caribou High School for three years before taking a teaching position in Arlington Heights, Ill. With School District No. 214 for 35 years, he taught, became an administrator, opened a high school as principal, then finished his distinguished career as an assistant superintendent. Larry was an active church member, a longtime Rotarian, board member of a hospital, and upon retirement consulted for a small private school. Living in Laguna Niguel, Calif., he continued work as a special education mediator for schools while volunteering with the homeowners association and the local hospital. Larry was predeceased by his parents, Lyle and Geraldine Jenness; his wife, Ileane Furman Jenness; and a sister, Cynthia and her husband, Donald Beattie. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Nancy Larson Jenness of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; his brother, Richard and wife, Sandra, of Greensboro, Ga.; along with nine stepchildren and 10 step-grandchildren. More information may be found at