Founder of Discovery Counseling Center loved helping people

Larry McElvain, 72, of Morgan Hill, passed away Jan 19, 2020 at Kaiser Hospital San Jose. He was born to Harold and Helen McElvain March 22, 1947, in Colorado Springs, Colo., and raised in Cupertino. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a Vietnam veteran. Larry was a lifelong learner with undergrad degrees in theology and business and  an MBA and a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling. He was a Rotarian, police chaplain, and founder of Discovery Counseling Center. Larry is survived by two sisters, Betty Smith and Carol Platt; four sons, Ryan, Chris, Brook, Trevor; and one daughter, Nicole; nine grandchildren, Stephanie, Taylor, Jacob, Dylan, Hannah, Savannah, Cheyenne, Dominic and Mason; and four great-grandchildren, Jade, Laya, James and Riley.

Through Discovery Counseling Center Larry helped tens of thousands of people with grief counseling, marriage counseling and family therapy. He was a pillar of his community and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. Donations can be made at

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