Obituary of Dennis Larson
Dennis F. "Denny" Larson Age 70, died in Porter Hospice in Denver on
November 30, 2011 of lung/bone cancer.
He was born in Minneapolis, MN on July 20, 1941 to Ernest and Ruth
Larson, joining the family with older brother Davis and many Swedish
aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.
The family moved to rural Wisconsin in 1950 after the death of his
father. His mother remarried and eventually had three more siblings,
Karen, Dan and Janice.
He enjoyed all things outdoors, hunting, fishing,ice skating, working
in the woods or fields and tending dairy cattle. He attended a two
room country elementary school in Riplinger and went to Colby High
School, home of Colby Cheese. He spent a summer working in the Colby
Cheese Factory, making Colby Cheese.
He attended Taylor University in Indiana and William and Mary College
in Norfolk, Virginia, and later the University of N Y at Binghamton.
He married Karen-also from Wisconsin, and they raised two daughters,
Lori and Linda while living a Navy life in California, Hawaii and
Virginia. Later they settled in upstate New York for many years,
eventually getting to Colorado in 1987 to better enjoy skiing!
In the 1960's he learned to fly and to use a computer. He was a
missile technician on the nuclear submarine "U.S.S. Stonewall
Jackson", targeting missiles for launch during the Cold War and
He expanded his knowledge after Navy days and went to work at Link,
helping to design flight simulators, including the LEM, lunar landing
vehicle. His later career involved managing computer sales for
several companies and eventually switched to consulting in the field
of flight simulation primarily for the military.
He and Karen have lived in Winter Park since 1993 where he had been
active in Lions and Habitat for Humanity, as working schedule allowed.
He stayed very active enjoying the outdoors with walking his dog
"Packer" including some "14 ers". He enjoyed golfing, fishing,
hunting, skiing,snowmobiling and trap shooting. In earlier years,
baseball, football and basketball were his team sports.
Dennis is survived by his wife Karen, daughters Lori (Lonnie) Martin
of Denver and Linda (Scott) Chisholm of Highlands Ranch. He has two
grandsons, Benjamim and Daniel Chisholm. His sister Karen (Perry)
Arndt of Medford WI, a brother Dan (Elaine) Zimmerman of Chandler, AZ
and another sister Janice (Joe) Crowson of Tucson, AZ also survive
Older brother David Larson and his mother Ruth and father Ernest
Larson preceded him in death.
Friday, December 9th, 2011 12:15pm, Cherry Hills Community Church
Fort Logan National Cemetery