RICHARD DEAN LARSON passed out of this world with his feet on the soil of his treasured land. He will be sorely missed by his wife of 61 years, Carmen Gay Inda, his six children, Wendy (Alan) Schlachter, Clinton (Jenny) Larson, Richelle (Carl) Savard, Lorinda (Graham) Larson, Brad Larson, Shauna (Julio) Motte, his 19 grandchildren, his great-granddaughter, and his sister, LaVeeda (Marvyn) Hogenson, as well as many others who looked to him as a father, grandfather or friend. Awaiting a joyful reunion with him are his parents, Dean & Hilda (Coombs) Larson, his sister, Evelyn, and his two sons, Verdun and Darren.
Richard was born on January 30, 1935 in the family home on his parents’ farm just north of Raymond, AB. He learned as a young man how to work hard and continued to do so all his life. As a professional in the classroom, as a dedicated and compassionate husband/caregiver, as a patient and loving father and grandfather, and as a kind and caring neighbour, he influenced all our lives for good. He loved the land and his animals, especially his horses, of which Dusty and Chinook held the biggest piece of his heart. He also entertained us for countless hours as we sat on the corral fence watching him quiet a horse he had climbed onto for the first time. Richard loved horseback riding through the mountains, fishing in mountain streams and hunting. He and his four-footed pointers often brought home pheasants, partridge and duck for supper. He taught his children how to box (he was a fan of Mohammed Ali), clean a chicken, dribble a basketball, work the land and care for the animals, properly ride a horse and a myriad of other skills. Richard and Carmen loved their grandchildren! Richard took them for rides on the quads and the horses. He and Carmen attended their soccer, basketball, football and volleyball games, school plays, Primary presentations, baptisms, baby blessings and any major family events where time and distance would allow. He taught by example how to love our neighbor. Many were the vehicles pulled out of snow-filled ditches by Richard and his 4-wheel drive truck. He held various callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Especially memorable for family members was his call as the Seventies leader and its influx of missionaries to our home. He also served in the Scouting program and referred to the boys he worked with as “my Scouts”. Richard loved and cared about people and they, in turn, loved and cared about him.
The family would like to thank friends who cared for, and frequently checked in on, Richard during these past few months. We would also like to thank Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home for their thoughtfulness and care at this time.
As per Richard's request, no funeral service shall be held
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