Willard Grant Larsen, 1934 ~ 2012

Willard Grant Larsen passed away, and gave up the fight to breathe on May 14, 2012. He struggled for several years with COPD.

Willard was born March 10, 1934 in Moab, Utah.

He honorably served our country, in the United States Army. He experienced the testing of the atomic bomb. He is now with the love of his life, Darlenne. They were married and began to raise a family. Willard was a loving and caring husband. Darlenne preceded him in death Dec. 3, 1988.

He drove a truck for a living, and managed to work full time, while caring for his wife. He had such a big heart. He gave his unconditional love to his children, and grandchildren. Ultimately, they were his reason for living.

His son, Richard, preceded him in death on Feb 2, 2007.

He is survived by George Larsen, Moab, Utah; Robin Larsen, Lakewood, Colo.; and Sally (Steve) Hinck, Sandy, Utah. He leaves 10 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

He leaves us, having taught many of life’s lessons, and expecting that we will love and care for others, as he did. He will always be remembered for his sharp wit, sense of humor, and unconditional love.

He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and boating. When his health no longer permitted him to participate, he would tell stories of the past trips, remembering every detail. His body wore out, but his mind remained sharp. The last few years he loved watching all sports, and movies.

He took much pride in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. He loved the many visits, on the phone, and in person. There was never a person he couldn’t start a conversation with.

A funeral service was held May 21 in Moab at the Spanish Valley Mortuary. A memorial luncheon was held at the City Park following the graveside service.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.spanishvalleymortuary.com.