Until Kenton Ridge graduate Adam Eaton debuted with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012, Owen was the last position player from Clark County to play in the big leagues.
Owen played college baseball at Bowling Green. He hit 28 home runs in his career, setting what was then the Mid-American Conference career record. The mark of 27 was previously owned by Ohio University’s Mike Schmidt, a future Baseball Hall of Famer.
“I didn’t realize I was that close to his record,” Owen said in 1977. “I couldn’t believe it. I was really proud to know I’ve tied a record of a great baseball player.”
Owen hit .289 as a senior at Bowling Green and was named a second-team All-American.
According to his obituary, Owen "loved spending time with his family and especially being a grandpa. He enjoyed relaxing at Apple Valley and golfing in his spare time. Larry was Vice President of Franklin International for 30 plus years."
Owen is survived by his wife of 40 years, Chris, daughters Jenny (Nick) Bertagna and Emily (Aaron) Fox and grandchildren Dominic and Anthony.