MODESTO, Calif.-Funeral services were held July 3 for Lawrence A. Coffman, 79, owner of Larry's Tire Mart Inc. in Modesto, who died at his home June 28 of cancer. Mr. Coffman opened the tire dealership in 1949 and served as president of the California Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association-North in 1964 and 1965. In 1992 he received the association's President's Award of Excellence and, two years later, was inducted into its hall of fame.
He also served as chairman of the Tire History Museum.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia; sons, David and Derrill, who operate the dealership; and stepdaughter, Stephanie McCoubrey, executive director of the Western States Tire & Automotive Service Association.