Larry Russell Isles

October 16th, 1947January 10th, 2021

Larry Russell Isles was born on October 6, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan. On Sunday, January 10, 2021 Larry peacefully left us on his journey at home, surrounded by the people he loved and who loved him the most; his 3 amazing grandchildren, Isaias, Reina, Delilah, his son Rael’, daughter-in-law Christina, best friends Hank and Wanda Vidal and his Forever Love and wife Lynne. His Daughter Dene’ preceded him in death a year ago on January 6, 2020.

Larry was a self-made man and established his business, Isles Motorcycle Specialties here in Colorado in 1973. His passion was the restoration of British Motorcycles – Triumph, BSA and Norton. He would always tell you “I have never had a real job a day in my life – I do what I love everyday”. Larry’s knowledge and talents surrounding British Motorcycles was known worldwide. He was a bit of a British Bike celebrity and was highly regarded in this niche market. After retiring and closing Isles Motorcycle Specialties, he continued to quietly build and restore motorcycles because as he would say “that’s what I do”. The last few years his comrade and friend, Jeff Savage became his right-hand man, as did his son Rael’. As Larry’s health declined he would sit in his recliner in the shop every single day and guide, teach, mentor and “sort it out” with these two guys. He loved the fact that his legacy would continue – he was so very proud of his passion.

Larry married Lynne (Caranci) in 1991 and together they never skipped a beat. They were best of friends. They were always on the same page – working hard and playing hard. Together they hosted huge and crazy parties - BBQ’s, family holidays, 4th of July’s, Italian club steak fry’s and of course their epic Halloween parties. If you ever came to one, you know exactly what we're talking about.

Larry and Lynne loved taking the boat and RV to Lake Powell at least twice a year for 25 years (sometimes 3 or 4 times). Often they went just the two of them, but also included the kids and good friends on many trips. One of their favorite things to do was gamble and take cruises. Together they had the good fortune to go on 22 cruises during their years together and hundreds of gambling trips to Wendover, Black Hawk and Vegas. Larry loved to gamble and would say “gambling is a heck of a lot cheaper than paying for counseling – it is a great escape”. He loved his wife (and would tell anyone that would listen “oh, how I love this woman of mine”) and his family above all. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and would do anything for you, all you had to do was ask. Larry’s word was gold and he would never fail you or let you down. He was kind and gentle and so, so much fun. He loved going to the American Legion right down the street for one or two hours in the afternoons and see his dear friends. Never a dull moment with Larry in the room. He always had an ear ready to listen, great advice if asked, and could make you laugh no matter what.

Six years ago Larry, Lynne, Rael’ and Christina built together their restaurant Emilio’s Almost Famous. Larry’s business expertise, ability to look ahead, think things through methodically and his uncanny 6th sense when it came to inventory control, was the foundation Emilio’s was able to grow and succeed from……we love you Larry Isles. You have left a giant hole in our world. No one will ever fill your shoes – they were just too big.

Larry faced many health adversities throughout his life and handled each and everyone of them with strength and dignity. He rarely complained even though his daily challenges were overwhelming at best. You, Larry were so strong and remained tough and pushed through for all of us.  Now we ask that you rest in peace, you more than earned it.

Larry is survived by 3 brothers, Bob (Susan), Marv (Sue) and Ron (Karen). Several nieces, nephew, great nieces and nephews and his two sons and their families. Larry also was preceded in death by his father Arden, mother Marilyn and the sister he so adored, Nancy (Isles) Fortin.


Larry’s family will be hosting a Celebration of his remarkable life when the weather warms up and we can gather safely. We hope you will all join us and share your time and experiences with this very special man.