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Former Valley man is Nevada’s oldest worker

Special to the R-C

Julian Larrouy Sr., 94, a former Carson Valley resident with many ties to the area, has been selected Nevada’s outstanding older worker.

Larrouy, who lives in Fallon, works 40 hours a week at The Depot casino. He was selected from 250 entries for the statewide honor and is in the running to be selected the national winner when he travels to Washington, D.C. in early March.

“He’ll be 95 in May,” said his son, Julian Larrouy Jr., a Carson Valley resident. “He doesn’t know anything else but work. He’s been working since he was 7 or 8 years old.”

For years, the elder Larrouy and his late wife, Sybil, operated the Centerville Bar.

Julian Larrouy Sr. was born on May 21, 1904, in San Francisco. He and his family survived the 1906 earthquake, but the family returned to France shortly afterwards.

“His father fought for the French Army in World War I,” Julian Jr. said. “They came back to Reno when my father was 14. That’s where he met my mother and they were married in 1927. She passed away in 1977, a week after their 50th wedding anniversary.”

In addition to operating the Centerville Bar, the elder Larrouy worked for the Park Cattle Co. He married his second wife, Mary, and lived at Lake Tahoe before moving to Fallon in 1991.

“He went to work for The Depot as a custodian for 40 hours a week,” Julian Jr. said. “When I walk in there and ask, ‘Where’s Julian?’, they all know. He’s always got people around him. They just love him.”

The elder Larrouy received a certificate two weeks ago as well as the Washington trip. The honor was awarded by Ann Blackford, chairman of the state committee.

On hand for the presentation were three generations of Larrouy’s family, many from Carson Valley. Guests included his wife, Mary; son Julian Jr.; daughter Sybil Dunagan; stepdaughter Darlene Barnett; granddaughters Kerry Munk and Janine John and great-granddaughters Lindsay and Chelsey John.

Blackford said Larrouy and the other 49 state winners will attend a formal luncheon in Washington, visit the White House, the Capitol building and other historic sites. He was chosen for the honor by a 10-member statewide committee.

Blackford is attempting to raise enough money so that Mary Larrouy can accompany her husband on the trip. Funding for Larrouy’s trip was raised by the committee. Blackford said the Private Industry Council was one of the largest contributors. Division of Aging Services, Washoe Lifeline and Washoe Senior Options supported the committee’s efforts.

Lois Gormley, staff writer for the Lahontan Valley News in Fallon, contributed to this story.

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