Mark G. Larson, age 58, passed away on October 2, 2021.
He is survived by his wife, Valerie; daughters Becky (Justin) Richers, Kristina (Sean Sullivan), Bernadette (Lynden Nelson), and Mackenzie; grandchildren Brooke, Mason and Bennett Richers; parents Richard and Juanita Larson; brothers Richard (Denise), James (Melanie); sisters Teresa (Michael) Krieger, Monica (Victor) Domenico, Katey (Tim) Cassady, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mark was born on July 8, 1963 to Richard and Juanita Larson. He was the second of six children. He grew up on the family farm in Adams County. He attended Assumption Catholic School from 1st through 8th grade. He played basketball there from 3rd through 8th grade. He later went back to the school after he graduated to coach the boys basketball team for several years. He attended Holy Family High School where he continued to play basketball all four years and played on an adult basketball league with his brother-in-law Mike. He went on to Front Range Community College where he received his Welding Certificate.
Mark grew up on the family farm and cut acres and acres of hay, raising and selling pigs. He was a member of the Good Luck 4-H club for 10 years showing beef and pigs earning many ribbons. He looked forward to helping his dad and brothers harvest the corn every fall.
Mark had some memorable vehicles. His first was a gold 1970 International truck that we all remember riding in. He worked for his Grandpa at Eastlake Lockers to save up enough money to buy a 1969 Z28 Camaro. He put a lot of work into that car. Painted it blue and had “Moving Violation” painted on the rear spoiler. So many great times and memories Drag racing Friday and Saturday nights, cruising Westy Mall and cruising in Brighton. Everyone knew Mark, that good looking, tall, blonde young man driving that car. The cops knew him too!
He later bought a 1965 Chevy truck and painted Larson Hog Farm on the side. It was quite a truck.
Mark was an avid hunter for 50 years. He was a true outdoorsman- hunting, fishing and trapping. He trapped muskrats and beavers on the farm and sold their pelts. He absolutely loved to hunt. He would hunt geese, ducks, dove, pheasant, turkey and deer down by the river on the farm along with antelope out on the eastern plains. He looked forward to the annual elk hunting trip in October at Trappers Lake. He would hunt with his Dad, Dick, Jim, Kyle, Harlan, Uncle Rick, Vic, Tim, cousins and friends from South Dakota, Delbert, Rodney, Judd and Larry. They had so many great times on the hunting trips taking their horses Copper and Jesse along. Mark was usually the chef when they went hunting – because he was such a good cook. They would also catch trout on the hunting trip and he would fry it up for dinner.
Mark was a happy guy who always had a smile and truly loved talking with people. His charismatic personality made him a very successful salesman. In his career he worked for several companies as a route salesman, Pepsi, Dreyer’s Ice Cream, Cold Front and Farmer Brothers Coffee. He also worked for Brighton Co-op part-time for 20 years.
Mark and Valerie were married for almost 27 years. His four daughters were his pride and joy and he loved his three precious grandchildren so very much.
Mark was a great friend to everyone and was loved by so many. Mark passed away doing what he loved- hunting.
He will truly be missed.
Love you Mark.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Mark’s memory to the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife or to Assumption Church.
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