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Larry Baynard Jr., 73, real estate executive

L. W. "Larry" Baynard Jr., a retired real estate executive and estate manager who belonged to a widely known Pinellas County family, has died at age 73.

A heart patient for several years, Mr. Baynard died Tuesday (March 25, 1997) at his home, said Fay Baynard, his wife of 11 years. The cause was an apparent heart attack, she said.

He was a former owner of Guarantee Title and Abstract Co., a one-time board member of the Madeira Beach Bank, and a real estate broker and appraiser.

Over the years, he had interests in two par-3 golf courses, one on 22nd Avenue S, and a second in an area bounded by 20th and 18th avenues N and 29th and 31st streets.

His father, an investor and business leader who founded Baynard Funeral Homes and who once presided over Franklin Federal Savings and Loan Association, was one of six Baynard brothers who came to live in Pinellas County. Their name became associated with law, real estate, banking and insurance.

Most made their fortunes in real estate. His father and uncles Walter and William founded Baynard Brothers Inc., a real estate and insurance company.

Another brother, Owen, opened a drugstore in Tarpon Springs. Henry Baynard was a state senator and banker and practiced law with his brother, Robert.

Larry Baynard Jr. was born in Lowrys, S.C., and came here as an infant. A 1941 St. Petersburg High School graduate, he attended the Citadel military academy until he entered the armed forces in 1943 during World War II.

While serving in the military police with the 99th Infantry Division during the Battle of Bastogne, he was captured on Christmas Eve 1944. He was a POW at Stalag 4B on the Elbe River in Germany until Russian troops freed him April 23, 1945.

During captivity, he lost perhaps 50 pounds, but "He never condemned the German soldiers," a close friend since college, Robert Buenzli, recalled Wednesday. "They were doing their jobs like I was doing my job," the retired real estate broker quoted Mr. Baynard as concluding.

Buenzli also shared memories of Mr. Baynard's generosity, which he took pains to hide.

"He had a fear that somebody would think he was a good guy," Buenzli said. "Everything he did was not for publication. He was one of those people who never looked for recognition in anything he did."

Joseph H. Lang, a lawyer who worked with Mr. Baynard for a quarter century, said, "Larry always seemed to have a pretty even disposition. He didn't flare up very easily. He seemed to take stressful situations very much in hand."

Mr. Baynard was a graduate of the University of Florida and a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He also belonged to the First Presbyterian Church, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Vinoy Club, and Civitan, Quarterback and Squires clubs.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Barbara Ann Baynard; two sons, Edward and Mark; a sister, Barbara Hubbell, all of St. Petersburg; and two granddaughters.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Ninth Street Chapel, 2201 Dr. M. L. King (Ninth) St. N. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, 701 Beach Drive NE, with a reception for friends after the service.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the church or the American Lung Association of Gulf Coast Florida, 6160 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33710.

_ Information from Times files was used in this obituary.