Stephen Larrick ‘Critter’ Flores dies
Beloved son, brother, father, uncle and friend; Passed away in the early morning of March 5 in Anchorage, Alaska, at the Providence Extended Care Center from complications due to diabetes. Supported by his family with prayers , but surrounded in comfort by the group “NOAH,” the wonderful doctors and nurses at the care center along with his best friend of over 30 years; CJ Cook of Wasilla, Alaska. Critter recently returned to Alaska last September after staying in Jacksonville Fla., for the last 2 years. He was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, on Sept. 7, 1948. The oldest of eight children, he was always on the move and always looking toward the far horizons and sunsets either thru his travels or his music. After a stint in the U.S. Navy, he pursed a career in music as a DJ in radio and nightclubs, traveling around the United States working and living. He lived like most of us dream of doing. His love for Alaska and Colorado took him back and forth between the two. Critter lived in Keystone for many years, and had made many friends there. One of his favorite places was the Snake River Saloon where he worked. He sends his thanks to Jim, the owner and also the crew there, for being such great friends. Critter eventually settled back to Alaska, were his heart and soul was. He was our “Jeremiah Johnson,” carving a life (literally) out of the wilderness; a great outdoors man. Critter was a kind and generous person … liked by all who ever met him … and one hell of a good friend to those who crossed his path. His desire to live a free and unprejudiced life was his blessing, and not always appreciated by those who don’t. May God keep him in his loving arms, and one day, we will meet him at the top of the mountain that he loved so much! Critter had also chosen these words for his Epitaph: Weep not for me, for now I am wild and free.He is survived by his mother, Billie K. Linzy of Jacksonville Fla., Brothers: Marshall (Melissa) Flores; Wil (Claudia) Flores of Austin Texas, John T. Linzy III (nephew Hunter) of Dillon, Charlie Linzy of Houston, Texas (Step-brothers: Jeff & Jon Linzy), CJ Cook of Wasilla, Alaska, (Best friend & brother in spirit). Sisters: Mona (Bruce) Peterson of Jacksonville Fla., Johnnetta Scott (Sabrina-Neice), Mary Anne Castro (Amber -neice), Rose Garza & (nephew) Stephen Flores – all of Houston Texas, and many more uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Critter also leaves behind his beloved half-wolf dog, Worthless, who now resides with CJ Cook and family in Wasilla. A private memorial service will be held in Alaska at a later date to celebrate his life. And for those who prefer too: Memorial contributions may be made to “The American Diabetes Association of America.”Arrangements and care are through the Cremation Society of Alaska. You may log on to http://www.cremationsocietyofalaska.com to sign the guest book.
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