In Memoriam, Larry Laznovsky, 1945-2011

polka parade girlLarry Laznovsky was an honorable, a patriot of the highest order, and a much respected man throughout the United Sates and the Czech Republic. He was a true family man and was very passionate about his Czech Heritage. Larry worked at AT&T for 34 years providing for his family. Larry worked countless hours in the organizations that he was involved in. He was the President of the Sokol in Ennis for the last 28 years. From 2000 to 2010 he served as President of the American Sokol in the United States. He served as the Director of Men for the Sokol in Ennis at the age of seventeen. He was a sales representative for SPJST #135 and RVOS District #6 sales representative. He was a founding member of the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center in La Grange, Texas. He served as the Vice President of the Czech Cultural Society. He was Vice President of the World Sokol Federation in Prague, Czech Republic; was on the board of directors of the Texas Cultural Partnership; District Representative for the Texans of Czech Ancestry; Men's Director and President of the Southern District of American Sokol; a member of WFLA Lodge #402; a member of KJT Society #35; President of the CWA Local #6250, President of the Retirees Union of CWA.

Larry was past President of the National Polka Festival in 1980. Larry has helped out every year since the festival's inception. He has been on the executive board of directors of the National Polka Fesitval since 1999.

Larry was a very humble man. Larry never looked for gratitude. He only saw what needed to be done next. Larry knew how to treat people with respect and many of us looked up to him. Larry was a natural born leader. He knew how to get people from different organizations to work together. This was Larry's specialty. He was the voice of reason. Larry was a mentor and confiante to me, but most of all he was my friend. Larry will truly be missed by may people and organizations.

-Danny Zapletal, Executive Director of the National Polka Festival in Ennis.


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