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Darwin "Jim" J Larsen
Darwin J. Larsen (Jim) passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at Payson Utah. He was born March 9, 1931 in Ferron, Utah to Jesse and Anna Behling Larsen. He married Verdeen Roe on September 1, 1953 in Stone, Idaho. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan Temple.
Jim was raised in Ferron, Utah. He did very well in school where he graduated from South Emery High School as Valedictorian. He enrolled in college at Price, Utah but soon after joined the army during the Korean War and served in the Signal Corp. During his army training he traveled to Georgia, New Jersey, and California. While working at the Presidio in San Francisco, California he met and later married Verdeen Roe. They made their home in southern California. Jim worked many jobs after the army including bank teller, bookkeeper, and packing shed foreman. Later he went into business operating auto repair/ gas stations. In 1970 they moved the family to Ferron, Utah and purchased Ferron Auto Service. Later they moved to Oregon for a short time and eventually moved to Fillmore, Utah. After obtaining his private pilot license, he joined the Civil Air Patrol. His service to his communities was extensive, serving as Mayor of Ferron, serving on planning commissions, Jeep posse, and as a UAMPS representative.
Proceeded in death by his wife Verdeen Larsen, his parents Jesse and Anna Larsen and sister Jean Behunin. Survived by his children Eugene (Michele), Eric (Vickie), Lorrie (Chris), and Brett (Lynda).
Graveside services will be held at the Fillmore City Cemetery Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 11:00 AM where he will receive full military honors. A family viewing will be held prior to the graveside from 10:00 to 10:30 AM at Olpin Stevens Funeral Home, Fillmore, Utah. FACE MASKS REQUIRED. Online condolences can be offered at www.olpinstevensfuneralhome.com.
Thanks to all the care given to him by health care professionals in Fillmore and Payson.
Thank you, Danna. I appreciate your comments about my dad.
The time that our families spent together are some of my favorite memories. Your dad always talked to me like I was an adult, no matter my actual age. He made me feel important. Your mom reminded me so much of my own mother, that I felt like I was at home when I was around her.
Lorrie Brod Nov 3 2020 12:00 AM
Thank you, Mark. Your comments brought up a lot of memories for me. I loved it when we got to visit with your family, too. I idolized each and every one of you. What wonderful times we had together!
Lorrie Brod Nov 3 2020 12:00 AM
Thank you Janette. We appreciate your note and thank you for being so kind.
The Jim Larsen Family Nov 2 2020 12:00 AM
Thank you, Kent. It was nice of you to write something so nice about our father. I often think of the times our families got together! They are some very clear and wonderful memories.
Lorrie Larsen Brod Nov 2 2020 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear that Uncle Jim died. Verdeen was living with my family in Oakland when she met Jim. I remember them coming to our house on 35th Street in Oakland, CA shortly after their marriage. He had a Volvo and he showed me how he had adjusted a wind blocking device in front of the radiator to keep it warm in very cold weather. I thought that was the greatest thing.
He'd hold up his hands with his fingers together and flex the fingers, and we'd all ask what's that? and he'd say, "A spider doing push-ups on a mirror." Another time he said, "Why did they invent butter?" and upon admitting we didn't know, he said, "To fill the holes in the bread."
I remember visiting when they lived in Santa Maria near San Luis Obispo and he took us to the beach to dig for clams I think. Erik and Eugene were little. I can't remember if Kent or Bruce were born yet. Lots of memories and over the next couple of months I'll remember more. As always, the passing of someone in the family leaves a hole in your life.
Mark Palmer Oct 15 2020 12:00 AM
I am sorry to hear of Uncle Jim's passing and send my sympathies and love to his children and grandchildren. He is in my memory the funniest adult person I ever knew as a child. He kept the whole family in stitches whenever we had the chance to be together. Family visits in California, Utah and Idaho are cherished memories that were always better when Jim Larsen was around. Our belief in the resurrection and eternal life brings comfort as well as joy as we consider his happy reunion with Verdeen.
Kent Palmer Oct 11 2020 12:00 AM
I am sorry that I didn't know of Jim's passing before today. Kent is right .... he did keep us in stitches whenever we visited with him and Verdeen. My dad, his brother-in-law, Gerald Palmer, said once after visiting Jim and Verdeen in Fillmore that he knew how to relax better than anyone else. Dad then described a picnic in a nearby canyon and delicious watermelon that Jim had cooled in a mountain stream.
Jim was also the family photographer. Several major family photos were taken by him and are most likely online at Family search. He helped us (Danna and Lane) with car troubles at the time of my dad's funeral so that we could return to Utah in safety. He and Verdeen also rescued our son and some friends one night in early spring after they hit black ice between Scipio and Fillmore. He is a great man.
Love to all of my cousins.
Danna Palmer Walsh Oct 11 2020 12:00 AM
Jim was such an amazing man. He was always very friendly and willing to help when needed. He frequently would come over and plow the driveway for my parents. After they passed he was always waiving and coming over to help when it looked like we needed help. He was a favorite neighbor for years. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Family. The Dastrup Family ,Scott and Janette Woodhouse, Dan and Melissa Falk, Zach and Harmony Dastrup
Janette Woodhouse Oct 10 2020 12:00 AM