Bedding industry veteran Wride dies

headshot of Larry Wride of Boyd Specialty Sleep
Larry Wride

Longtime bedding industry executive Larry N. Wride, southeast regional sales manager for St. Louis-based Boyd Specialty Sleep, died June 19 of a heart attack. He was 66.

“Anyone who knew Larry will remember him as an enthusiastic and optimistic person, a man wholly dedicated to his family and passionate about his work,” said Denny Boyd, president of Boyd Specialty Sleep. “He will be greatly missed both personally and professionally by many people inside and outside our company. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very trying time.”

Before joining Boyd Specialty Sleep as a regional sales manager in 2004, Wride held executive sales and marketing posts for several bedding manufacturers, including Comfortaire and Simmons Bedding Co. He was a graduate of Brigham Young University, where he earned a master’s degree in economics and a Ph.D. in business philosophy.

Wride is survived by his wife Kathleen; three children, Jessica, Tyson and Jeremie; and six grandchildren. His daughter Kimberlee died June 9.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.tributecenterutah.com. Donations in memory of Wride may be sent to Kathleen Wride at 188 W. River Park Drive, Provo, UT 84604.