Hammonds

Artist, educator, USAF veteran, and master scuba instructor, Lawrence (Larry) Craig Hammonds, 85, passed away February 11, 2022, at home in Ashburn, VA.  Born December 3, 1936, in Auburn, NY, he was the youngest son of the late Arthur and Evelyn (Townsend) Hammonds. Larry was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Sandra Sue (Nibling) Hammonds, siblings Judith Carolyn Hammonds, and Robert Hammonds.  

Larry and Sandi together built a home in Clifton and raised 27 dogs over that time. He spent 30 years as a high school art educator teaching drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture at West Springfield High School and Robinson High School. At age 50 Larry took up scuba diving and became a dive master the following year and an instructor a year later. He earned credentials as an instructor for PADI (master), NAUI, SDI, and Dan O2. He and Sandi taught scuba at the former Adventure Scuba Company in Chantilly, VA for 27 years. They worked with the Washington DC based SUDS program designed for service members who have a permanent physical disability that requires adaptation during scuba diving and took multiple diving trips with veterans. Upon retirement, Larry also worked in multiple roles at Twin Lakes Golf Course, Clifton, VA. 

A more complete obituary is posted at the Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home website (https://www.fairfaxmemorialfuneralhome.com/home). Remembrances may be directed to AMVETS National Service Foundation and/or to your local humane society.

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