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Dennis Larson

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

Vietnam era.

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.

Service Details

Friday, December 9th, 2011 12:15pm, Cherry Hills Community Church

Interment Details

Fort Logan National Cemetery

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It's hard to believe that it has been a year since Denny's passing. I still find it hard to believe that he is no longer with us. I keep thinking that I'll stop out to visit Denny and Karen in Winter Park and he would be there; that his passing was just a bad dream. I hope that Karen, Lori, Linda and the grandkids are doing well. Love you guys.

Alan Ketcha Nov 23 2012 12:00 AM

Karen and family. Thinking of you.

Judi Bryant Nov 23 2012 12:00 AM

What a wonderful friend to all of us who knew him. His lovely family and Karen and Packer will surely miss him each and every day. Our prayers are with all of them. We have many happy memories of our times in Colorado and feel blessed to have known such a special family. Bill and Emily

Bill and Emily Apr 15 2012 12:00 AM

Sad to lose an old fishing buddy. We had a many a good laugh and great fishing together in Canada. We will be missed! Save some room in the boat for us. God Bless! Rick Hoover

Rick Hoover Dec 13 2011 12:00 AM

The service for Denny was a glorious celebration of his life and the love that he had for his family & friends & the love that everyone had for him. Your memories will always be with you and he will always be in your heart. We were told once years ago that when you leave this earth you leave behind a reputation & memories. Denny was one of the most honorable men we have ever known & he left this earth with a wonderful reputation & wonderful memories to be cherished by all.

Margaret & Dale Sonnek Dec 10 2011 12:00 AM

We are grieving with you. Dennis represented one of the finest men we have ever known. He was one of the most honest, intelligent and caring person. We will miss him greatly, Sorry we could not make the service as we are in Florida. We wish Dennis's family good health and extend our deepest sympathies and prayers. Alan and Judy Loew

alan and judy loew Dec 9 2011 12:00 AM

I met Denny through a mutual friend Alan Ketcha many years ago. Denny was one of the most kind, gracious and gentle men I've ever met, that made the life of everyone he touched a little bit better. Denny will live on in the minds and hearts of all who were privileged to know him. Extending my deepest heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

Wayne Utter Dec 8 2011 12:00 AM

Karen and Family. Regret your loss. We're praying for you all. Howard & Barbara Venezia

Howard & Barbara Venezia Dec 7 2011 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Remember the good times. An old friend, Shirley

Shirley Wachholz Dec 7 2011 12:00 AM