Larry Sherrill (right) was instrumental in the development of a behind-the-wheel guide for California’s school bus drivers. He is seen here with school transportation veterans Gary Roberts and Nikki Hughes.

Larry Sherrill (right) was instrumental in the development of a behind-the-wheel guide for California’s school bus drivers. He is seen here with school transportation veterans Gary Roberts and Nikki Hughes.

WILTON, Calif. — Larry Sherrill, an influential figure in the training of school bus drivers in California, died on Dec. 31 after a brief battle with cancer.

From 1976 to 1996, Sherrill worked for the California Department of Education’s Office of School Transportation, serving as a primary instructor for the state-certified instructor academy.

“He was an integral part of the creation of the behind-the-wheel guide for California bus drivers,” said Anna Borges, California’s state director of pupil transportation.

Sherrill’s career in pupil transportation spanned 34 years, from 1962 until his retirement from the Office of School Transportation in 1996.

John Clements, former director of transportation for Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley, California, called Sherrill “one of those unsung heroes of this industry who trained up new school bus instructors over the years with knowledge and skills to go teach and instill school bus driver safety to others.” Sherrill’s efforts, Clements added, “contributed to California’s remarkable safety record in the industry over the years.”

Sherrill died on Dec. 31 after a brief battle with cancer.

Sherrill died on Dec. 31 after a brief battle with cancer.

In addition to his impact on the school bus industry, Sherrill dedicated his time to Elk Grove (Calif.) Adult Community Training, which provides education and training for adults with developmental disabilities. Sherrill’s special-needs daughter, Traci, attends a daily program at the organization.

Sherrill is survived by his wife, Claudia Sherrill, and four children, eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

A celebration of Sherrill's life will be held on June 3. His family said that further information will be available via Facebook.

Memorial gifts in Sherrill’s name can be made to Elk Grove Adult Community Training (EGACT, 8810 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624).

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