In Memory

Larry Quick


Larry D. Quick

JUNE 26, 1938 – JANUARY 24, 2021

Obituary of Larry D. Quick

Larry Dale Quick, 82, passed away January 24, 2021 at his home in Crystal Lake, IL with his wife of 58 years, Peggy Quick, by his side. He was born on June 26, 1938 in Atwood, Illinois, to Lilbern and Gladys Quick and raised on the family farm, the youngest of four children. After growing up on the family farm, Larry went on to graduate from Eastern Illinois University with his Bachelor and Master degree in teaching. He worked at Crystal Lake Central High School for 36 years as Art Teacher and Department Chairman, teaching photography, painting and pottery.

When he was not introducing young people to art, Larry treasured his time with Peggy and daughter, Lara Moody. He spent his summers sailing on Lake Michigan, traveling across North America, and taking numerous trips to Europe. He especially enjoyed his trips to Greece to visit Peggy’s family. Larry captured those experiences in his paintings and photographs. He was a talented painter, photographer, sailor and writer. He published a book “Fate Rode the Wind” during retirement, wrote many short stories and poems, and painted throughout his life. He truly had a passion and talent for the arts.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Eugene (Joan) Quick, his sister Marion Hale, and his brother-in-law Frank Georgalis.

In addition to Peggy and Lara, Larry is survived by Lara’s husband Scott Moody, his grandsons, Alexander and Andrew Moody, his brother Jack Quick, his brother-in-law Wayne Hale, his brother-in-law Tom (Vikki) Georgalis, and many nieces and nephews.

Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow

We climbed the backside of yesterday And softly tumbled into the concave hollow Of today, yesterday’s sister-day.

Tomorrow will follow After we climb the far side of today.

Should I ask what would exist, If we were to stumble Or resist, Hold onto today, or grumble Going up that incline toward tomorrow?

Larry D. Quick

To my family and friends, I say farewell.

A celebration of Larry’s life will be planned for a later date. To express online condolences, please visit

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01/29/21 10:22 AM #1    

Bob Maronde

Just a couple of years ago, I remember visiting with Mr. Quick and several other teachers, Bob Denney, Larry Lane at one of the summer concerts at the main beach.  Concerts gone by.

That was the first time that I has layed eyes on him since High School. He was a true inspiration to me .He encouraged me to pursue my art and desire to travel, Counseling me many times in my morning free period. It helped me get that B.A. in ART at W.I.U.,and move on into the advertising world. I was no Peter Max, the print media was going through a major revolution, ink and proceses were changing, but it was an interesting time.

Memories and dreams.

Rest in peace and continue your journey Mr. Quick.  We are all just travelers.

01/29/21 10:23 AM #2    

Pete Quinby

Mr. Quick was responsible for my sister Trish gaining admission to Colorado State University/ Ft Collins in 1970. She wanted to major in Interior Design. CSU required an art portfolio for the School of Art,  which she did not have.  Although she is quite talented she had never even had an art class at CLCHS ! Mr. Quick spent hours with Trish developing her portfolio consisting of water colors, oils, sculpture and fabric....after school on his own time ! Trish was admitted ! This led to her moving back to Colorado, meeting her future husband and an amazing career with the Banner Health System.

Mr. Quick was close to George Chandler and his pathway into the world of art.

As a teacher most of us want to know that we made a difference in the lives of our students.

Larry   YOU DID!


01/29/21 10:26 AM #3    

George Collen

Rest in peace Mr Quick I'm sure you'll have a colorful journey in front of you. I would also like to thank you for your generous grades you gave me. George Collen

01/29/21 10:27 AM #4    

Pete Quinby

We were pretty lucky to have the outstanding teachers as we did at CLCHS.

Mr. Quick included.

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