Larry BerteauRemembering Larry Berteau – publisher, father and adventurer posted on 07/01/2019
Larry Lee Berteau
Larry Berteau passed away on June 14 in Saint-Brieuc,
France. He was 76 and had led a full and adventurous life.
Larry and his wife, Frances, moved to The Mountain in 2008
having bought The Mountain Times newspaper, which became Larry's passion and
remained so until the day he passed away. Writing was in Larry's blood, having
earned his spurs as an AP journalist as a young man.
Larry embraced his years on the Mountain and he made many
great friends there. He was very impressed with the local community spirit, and
the way neighbors and friends always seemed to rally around during times of
need. The Mountain way of life became a niche for him.
His varied career, apart from his time in the newspaper
business, included being an apprentice mortician, croupier, grocery clerk,
bartender and a film maker/producer/director in San Francisco where he owned
his own company.
Throughout his life, he had an excellent backhand on the
tennis court, 5-wood approach on the links at the Oak Knoll golf course in
Ashland and an overhead cast at Hyatt lake that the local rainbow trout found
Following his heart and his adventurous spirit, Larry and
Frances, along with their dog and two cats, moved to Mael Carhaix, France in
2015. He was determined to live in France again, as he had as a young man
serving in the Air Force in Chateauroux. It was always his inspiration that one
should enjoy life to the fullest and have adventures before it was too late in
life to do so. He loved France and the slower way of life – the hearty
"bonjours" from locals when walking down the street and the fact that
an excellent boulangerie was always within walking distance.
Larry was a devoted sports fan, the San Francisco Giants
first and foremost. He was also an avid Portland Trail Blazers fan and was
incredibly proud of his team with their deep run into the playoffs. As a
graduate of the University of Oregon, Ducks football and basketball would also
religiously grace the television screen on weekends with an emphatic “Ohhh”
echoing from the couch.
With Larry's Irish heritage on his mother's side of the family,
the gift of talking always came easily for him. Larry was truly larger than
life and he could fill a room with funny stories and anecdotes. While living in
Ashland and as the editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings, he would cover
basketball and football games with a local radio production company. While on
the air, he never ran out of things to say and high school teams had their
games covered with immense gusto. A touchdown, described by Larry on the radio,
may just as easily have been a Superbowl moment. He truly had, as the Irish
call it, the gift of gab.
As a father, Larry was very proud of his son, Geoff. In
Ashland, Larry was appointed as a coach during the Little League years, and in
high school he spent many chlorine-filled hours poolside watching swim meets
and water polo games. He said that years later whenever he went into a pool and
smelled the chlorine, it brought back happy memories.
Later on, Larry loved listening to the birds and watching
the spring fledglings take flight, gazing at the flowers in the garden and
fretting about his tomato plants in the greenhouse. He also took great pleasure
in getting on his tractor and mowing the paddock, where one day he was
determined to accommodate two donkeys, or perhaps a pitch and putt course. His wife
managed to talk him out of that. He enjoyed a good game of Scrabble, was a
formidable opponent, and read constantly, usually with his cat purring
contentedly on his lap.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Berteau, of Mael
Carhaix, France; son Geoff Berteau, of southern Oregon and Thailand; sister
Marcia Berteau of Medford; a niece, nephews and dear friends. He is preceded in
death by his parents, Eddie and Martilla Berteau, and his sister Ginger
The Pompes Funèbres Cadiou-Garandel-Chauvel of Mael Carhaix
was in charge of the arrangements.
Larry's courage and fortitude throughout his lengthy illness
has been an inspiration to all who knew him. He will be sorely missed, but his
spirit in The Mountain Times newspaper will linger on – as well as in our
Any memorial contributions should please be directed to the
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma American Cancer Society, or the American Heart Association.