Obituary — John Perry Larsen Jr.
At his request no services are planned for John Perry Larsen Jr., who died July 30, 2002, at Marian Extended Care, Santa Maria, Calif., following a long and valiant battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 67.
Mr. Larsen was born March 5, 1935, at Provo, Utah, to John Perry Larsen Sr. and Marie Orr Larsen. He was raised and attended schools in Spanish Fork, Utah. He enlisted in the Army at 17 years of age and served overseas, mainly stationed in Austria. After his discharge he returned to Spanish Fork, where he worked on the family farm and for Colorado Fuel and Iron. He moved to California in 1956 and joined the Coast Guard. He then worked for Alameda County Mosquito Abatement for 12 years. During this time he discovered flea markets and spent many weekend buying and selling. He also taught himself furniture repair and refinishing.
In 1969 Mr. Larsen moved to South Lake Tahoe and worked in real estate for three years before starting his own antique business, Larsen and Sons Antiques. He also taught furniture refinishing at Lake Tahoe Community College for several years. He was well known and respected by locals, entertainers and visitors at South Lake Tahoe.
In 1995 he moved to Santa Maria, where he enjoyed walking and swapping “tall tales” with friends and neighbors. He loved having lunch at the beach and watching the ocean. He descended from Lars Larsen 1836, Copenhagen, Denmark, and was very proud of his Mormon and Danish history. He handled his long battle with Alzheimer’s disease with humor and dignity and his keen wit and dry sense of humor will be missed.
He is survived by his sister, Katherine Bradford of Durham, Calif.; first wife and friend, Karen Larsen Morgan of South Lake Tahoe; second wife, Jeanne Larsen of Woodland, Calif., and their son, Justen Larsen of Sacramento, Calif.; friend, Maureen McCain of Santa Rosa; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2024 De La Vina, Suite B, Santa Barbara, CA 92105 or Marian Medical Foundation, 1400 E. Church St., Santa Maria, CA 93454.
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