Wednesday, November 4, 2009

My Grandpa Roy Larson

My mom's dad, Grandpa Larson, passed away Tuesday morning. I don't have any recent photos to add so when I get one from my mom I'll add it. Grandpa will be missed and we are grateful for the knowledge that families can be together forever. This is the obituary that will be printed in tomorrow's paper. He was a great man and I have a lot of fun memories of the time we spent at their home. This is the second grandparent I've lost this year. As you can tell from the obituary they have an amazing posterity and I'm grateful to be a part of this family.
Roy D. Larson
DOWNEY - Roy D. Larson, 85, lifelong resident of Downey, Idaho, passed away of natural causes on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, in Sandy, Utah.
Roy was born June 15, 1924, in Downey, a son of Archie W. and Annie L. Denney Larson. He was the third of five children. He had two brothers, Henry and Reed Larson, and two sisters, Ivalue Packard and Glenys Edwards, all of whom are deceased. He grew up and attended school in Downey.
Roy married Myrna Taggart in the Logan LDS Temple on April 22, 1943. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary this year. They lived in Downey all their lives, except for the past couple of years, while they resided in North Pole, Alaska with their youngest daughter, Sandra (Scott) Averett, who took very good care of them.
Roy served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was stationed in the Philippines during that time. After the war, he was sent to Korea for a short time. He was proud to serve his country.
When he returned home, he farmed and raised cattle. He also worked for the railroad at Pacific Fruit Express in Pocatello for many years. He enjoyed his retirement years.
Roy was a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many capacities through the years, including the Cub Scouts, high priest quorum presidency, and a member of the ward bishopric. For many years, he and Myrna served as ordinance workers in the Logan LDS Temple.
He enjoyed four-wheeling, cutting firewood, and snowmobiling. He also enjoyed working in his large vegetable garden, which he shared with his neighbors. He had a well-kept yard and beautiful flowers.
Roy is survived by his wife; Myrna; and is the father of three sons and four daughters, Fred (Sue) Larson of Sandy, Utah, Rex (deceased), Eddy (Theresa) Larson of Magna, Utah, Marjorie (Ron) Batson of Kent, Washington, Louise (Eugene) Webb of Downey, Betty Ann (Mike) Wasuita of Mountain Green, Utah, and Sandra Dee (Scott) Averett of North Pole, Alaska. They also have 41 grandchildren and 69 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2009, at 1 p.m. in the Downey LDS Ward Chapel, Bishop Rex Nielsen officiating. Friends may visit with the Larson family on Saturday at the church from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Military rites will follow in the Downey City Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Horsley's Marsh Valley Funeral Home. You are invited to share condolences by visiting www.horsleyfuneralhome.com.

3 comments:

Kori said...

I'm sorry for your loss. It's always hard to lose a grandparent. Buddy's grandma also passed away on that same day. Guess you and I will be doing the same thing on Saturday.

Jessica Potter said...

Sorry for your loss. Thinking about you guys.

KadyKaKes said...

I miss Grandpa to mom!