Nov. 24, 1928 – March 11, 2014

Loren H. “Larry” Haxton, a businessman and former West Seneca Town Board member, died Tuesday in the Hospice Unit of Mercy Hospital. He was 85.

Born in Buffalo, he served in the Navy and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Buffalo while working to support his family.

He began his career at National Gypsum, then obtained a Midas Muffler franchise in 1964. He expanded the business to nine locations.

Mr. Haxton served on the West Seneca Town Board from 1968 to 1972 and was a president of the Young Republicans.

He was a trustee of Queen of Heaven Catholic Church for 25 years, headed the ushers and was an extraordinary minister. He received the St. Joseph the Worker Award from the Diocese of Buffalo.

He also served as town chairman for the March of Dimes, the Heart Fund and the United Way. He was active in Easter Seals and served as finance chairman for the Boy Scouts Cazenovia Division. He was a member of West Seneca Post 8113, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Carriagers Club.

Mr. Haxton also was a longtime youth hockey coach and referee and was a West Seneca Little Loop football coach.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Joan Nagle; three daughters, Susan Lawkowski, Ann Caruana and Sondra Bridge; four sons, Charles, Loren III “Larry,” Michael and Thomas; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Queen of Heaven Church, 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca.