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Larry Jack Marconette, 75, a 23-year resident of Joshua Tree, Calif., died Jan. 6, 2013, in La Jolla, Calif., of heart failure.

Larry was born Sept. 1, 1937, in Quenemo to Frank Chester Marconette and Frances Lorene Porter.

In grammar school and through high school, Larry loved to pole vault. He broke several city track records.

At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to become a pipe fitter, but with his love for cutting hair, he became a barber. When discharged from service, he went to cosmetology school. He became known as the man with “Magic Scissors” in cutting and styling women’s hair; he owned several beauty salons in Orange County, Calif.

Larry became a professional square dance caller for the next 25 years. His professional name was Larry Jack. He was one of the nation’s top 10 callers, traveling all over the United States. He produced and sang on hundreds of square dance recordings, many of which still are used today, 25 years after his retirement from calling. He taught square dance classes and caller classes.

When he retired from square dance calling, he took up two new professions. With his love for hair, he started designing and making men’s hair pieces and, once again, his magic scissors made him known nationally for his styling. At that time, he also opened his first jewelry store in Rialto, Calif., creating, designing and making his own fine gold and diamond jewelry. He owned Marconette’s Gold-N-Gems in Yucca Valley, Calif., for the past 21 years.

Larry was preceded in death by his father; mother; and brother, Mike.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Mary Ann, Joshua Tree, Calif.; sons, Larry, Visalia, Calif., and Tracy, Russellville, Ark.; daughter, Lorrie, Iona, Minn.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; and nine brothers and sisters in Kansas and California.

His No. 1 love was horses. He raised, trained and showed Missouri Foxtrotter horses. He won numerous California championships and placed at the World Championships in Ava, Mo. He loved water skiing, fishing, boating, camping and ATV riding. In his younger days, he mastered the art of quick draw and competed with the best. He also love to paint, mostly in oils. He was the founder of the Brea art association. He had an artistic flair in all he did.

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