Paul Waldo Larsen, age 76, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died September 16, 1995 after a long battle with congestive heart failure.
He was born October 9, 1918 to Parley Lorang and Jane Bee Larsen in Oakland, California.A resident of Utah all of his life, he received his education at both Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. He was a prominent mechanical contractor. He began his business career working with his father in Provo, Utah, and in 1947 formed his own company in Salt Lake City. During the next 36 years his company was a subcontractor on over 500 projects throughout the United States. His work included hospitals, power plants, commercial and industrial buildings and 84 radio relay stations.
He loved the Lord and willingly served wherever he was called to work in the church. He was a High Priest in the Parleys Sixth Ward having served as High Priest Group Leader. He also served in the presidency of the Sunday School, and as a member of the Seventy's Quorum Presidency in the Parleys Stake. He was a temple worker for nine years.
He married Dorothy Durrant, November 20, 1939 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
He is survived by his wife and three sons: John Paul and wife Sally, Orem, Utah; Robert Lewis and wife, Jill, Salt Lake City; Parley Craig, Salt Lake City; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a brother, Stephen L. Larsen, Salt Lake City; two sisters, Virginia (Mrs. Paul A. Simmons), Provo, Utah and Marion (Mrs. Earl Finlayson), Provo, Utah. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Dan Alfred Larsen.
His interests were diverse and he had many abilities. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps after graduating from Officers Training as a navigator. He loved to fly and held a private pilots license for fourteen years. He was an outdoor enthusiast being especially active in skiing, golfing and fishing. One of his greatest joys that he had was fishing with his grandsons. He was a gentle considerate man to his children and grandchildren, and was always pleased with their aims and accomplishments. The recent birth of his first great-grandchild brought him much joy. In his later years, he enjoyed greeting friends and customers at the Wal-Mart store in Murray, Utah.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, noon on September 19, 1995 at the Parleys Sixth Ward Chapel, 2350 South 2100 East. Friends may call on Monday evening, September 18, 1995, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, and at the Parleys Sixth Ward prior to services from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the American Heart Association. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks for the kind and compassionate care that Paul received from nurses and staff of Creekside Home Care.
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