David Laurence Dimond
1935 – 2023
David Laurence Dimond, 87, of Fayette passed away March 26, 2023.
Larry was born in St. Louis, MO on December 11, 1935 a son of Joseph Earl & Dorothy Lee (Heady) Dimond.
Larry married Marilyn L Dickinson in June of 1958 in Fayette and to that union, one son, Michael, was born. They separated in 1980 and in December 1981 he married Martha Becker in Ferguson MO.
Larry graduated from Ferguson High School and attended Central College, Fayette, MO and graduated in 1958 with a degree in Business Administration. He also attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville Illinois and graduated with a Master’s of Science in Education and the University of Missouri, Columbia and was conferred the degree of Doctor of Education. He taught public school in the St Louis area. At the personal invitation of Dr. Ralph Woodward, President of Central Methodist University, Larry was hired as the Dean of Men at Central Methodist in the summer of 1966. A few years later he moved to the Department of Education at CMU where he provided personal attention, education and direction to hundreds of aspiring public school teachers until 1983 when he left CMU.
Larry & Marti owned and operated ‘Laurence’s Limited’ men’s clothing store on the square in Fayette for 10 years until Larry returned to education as an administrator in three different school districts in Missouri until his full retirement.
In 1980, Larry was elected Municipal Judge for the city of Fayette, a position he would hold for the next 30 years until reaching state mandated retirement age in 2010. Through those years, Judge Dimond heard countless cases in Fayette Municipal Court and ruled with honesty and fairness. Judge Dimond was elected president of the Missouri Municipal Judge Association and was the first non lawyer’d judge to serve in that capacity. After retiring as judge, Larry was elected to the city council in Fayette and continued serving his ward until 2020.
After retirement, Larry and Marti enjoyed living on Corprew Street, sitting on the porch and watching the activity at CMU, one of Larry’s most beloved places.
Larry was active in community and civic activities in Fayette including past membership in the Fayette Lion’s Club, the Masonic Lodge, where he served multiple times as Master of the Lodge and also as a past District Deputy Grand Master, Order of Eastern Star where he served as Worthy Patron, Ararat Shrine, Scottish Rite, York Rite, Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader in Pack and Troop 62, and past member of the administrative board at Linn Memorial United Methodist Church.
Larry is survived by Martha (Marti) his wife of Fayette, son Michael and his wife Janell of Fayette, step daughter Carolyn Gregg of St Charles, step son Don Becker and Donna Marsh of Veazie, Maine, grandchildren Mikela Dimond of Fayette, Jessica (Chris ) Capati of Aurora Illinois, Sarah Dimond and Abigail Dimond of Las Vegas NV, Kelly (Logan) Huff of Mountain Home Arkansas, Jacob Moor of Columbia MO, Amy (Steve) Burrows of Lee’s Summit MO, Robert Dunham of Medford Oregon; great grandchildren Aaron and Noah Capati of Aurora Illinois, Graham Huff of Mountain Home Arkansas and Collin Burrows of Lee’s Summit.
Larry was preceeded in death by his parents, and his brothers Jack and William.
Visitation on Friday, March 31, 2023 at Carr Yager Funeral Home in Fayette 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 pm. Masonic Services will be held prior to the visitation at 5:00 pm. Funeral services honoring Larry will be held at Linn Memorial United Methodist Church on the campus of Central Methodist University on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 10:00 am.
Arrangements under the care and direction of Carr -Yager Funeral Home in Fayette,
Memorial gifts can be made to Central Methodist University, Dr. David L Dimond Scholarship.
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