Kenneth Lester Larson

Larson, Ken obit(May 4, 1930 – February 2, 2015)

Kenneth Lester Larson, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2015, at the Southern Utah Veterans Home.

Ken was born May 4, 1930, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Lester Oscar and Bessie Petersen Larson. He married Elaine Robinson on August 17, 1951, and they were sealed for time and eternity in the St. George Temple on December 12, 2003.

Ken spent his boyhood in Granger, Utah, where he attended Monroe School and graduated from Granite High School. He got his first job at about age 13 working on the farm at Winder Diary and later on he delivered milk for the dairy. He joined the Utah National Guard, 191st Fighter Bomber Squadron, while attending the University of Utah. He was called to active duty in 1951, during the Korean conflict. While on active duty, he participated in the atmospheric nuclear bomb test at Camp Desert Rock, Nevada (operation Tumbler-Snapper). He later went to work for Hercules (now Alliant) at Bacchus, Utah, where he retired after 30 years.

Ken was a devoted husband and family man. He truly loved the years he spent coaching his boys in Little League Baseball. Ken held numerous positions in the LDS Church; his favorite calling was in the Mutual Presidency working with the youth. Ken loved to read; there was always a book nearby—usually a history book.

After retirement, Ken and Elaine moved to St. George. They enjoyed traveling and their many cruises, especially the two week cruise of Western Europe with another week touring the British Isles. They also enjoyed bowling with the Senior Funtimers League. They had many friends and enjoyed the time spent with them. Ken was a former Vice Commander of American Legion Post 90 and truly loved serving on the Ritual Team.

Ken is survived by his loving companion Elaine; his three children, Jodie (Emmett), Mark (Mindy), and Roger (Kris); eight grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff at Spring Gardens Assisted Living and the Southern Utah Veterans Home for the love and care they gave Ken during the short time he was with them.

Funeral Services

  • Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. at the Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S. Bluff, St. George, Utah.
  • A viewing will be held Saturday, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. prior to services at the chapel.
  • Graveside services will be held Monday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Valley View Cemetery, 4335 West 4100 South, West Valley, Utah.

Arrangements have been made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Ken’s guestbook at the Spilsbury Mortuary website.

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