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Capt. Lawrence ‘Larry’ Battaglia

Capt. Lawrence ‘Larry’ Battaglia

A Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys Memorial Fund has been set up in the memory of Marathon Captain Lawrence ‘Larry’ Battaglia.  Larry was the primary captain for the last ten years for A Deep Blue Dive Center in Key Colony Beach. He was always extremely active in the Marathon dive community, working and sharing his knowledge of boats and the water with all who sought his advice. He had been a PADI Instructor for 36 years and A USCG 100 ton Master Captain for 34 years. After going through cancer treatment for the past 5 months, he decided to spend his last days on the water it his beautiful home – the Florida Keys. Relying daily on NOAA’s National Weather Station at Sombrero Light House, his Memorial Fund will be used to restore and maintain that weather station.

To make a donation, please click here to pay online and e-mail Kristen at Sanctuary Friends to let her know it is for the Larry’s Memorial Fund. Sanctuary Friends continues to let the legacy of people who love the water in the Florida Keys live on.

To make a donation by mail: Please mail a check to Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys, P.O. Box 504301, Marathon, FL 33050. In the Memo Line please add that the donation is for the Larry Battaglia Memorial Fund.

Larry Battaglia Memorial Fund

In loving memory of Larry Battaglia.

You will forever be a wise and legendary captain and instructor who taught us things we will never forget.

You put the meaning to the word mentor, a father figure to all. You taught us many of life lessons particularly how to live life well.

You will be remembered continuously in everyone’s hearts and lives. We all will honor you forever and miss you dearly.