Obituary: James Daryl Larsen
James Daryl LarsenJames Daryl Larsen, age 74, beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away on July 22, 2011, at Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee Calif., after battling several illnesses.Jim was born Oct. 31, 1936, in Delta, Utah, the fourth of five children, to Jack Raymond Larsen and Oleta Stewart. Jim graduated from Delta High School. Upon graduation Jim joined the United States Navy, the Seabeeandamp;#8217;s Division. Jim was stationed on Kwajlein, Marshall Islands in the South Pacific and in Adak, Alaska. Jim was honorably discharged in 1955.On Sept. 19, 1958, Jim married his sweetheart, Nancy Burnett, in Carson City, Nev. Jim took one look at Lake Tahoe and decided it was the place for him to raise his family. Jim and his bride moved to Kings Beach, California in October 1958. They purchased a home in Tahoe Vista in 1963, and then moved to their current home in Tahoe Vista in 1974. Jim had a life-long love affair with Tahoe and never wanted to leave. In the end he got his wish.Jim was a painting contractor for 54 years. He took pride in his painting business, James D. Larsen Painting, and loved working beside his son, Jimmy Larsen. Jim also loved working in the Boy Scouts of America organization serving as a Scoutmaster. He was awarded the Silver Bear Award, a highly distinguished award given to men who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. Jim also was a huge North Tahoe Laker booster, where he served as the Football Commissioner.Jim was an avid golfer, with his favorite partner being his sweetheart Nancy. He loved to fish and camp with his grandchildren and friends. He also loved to garden and spent hours on his deck watching the andamp;#8220;crittersandamp;#8221; he fed. His greatest pride was his children and grandchildren. His life was one of humor, integrity, loyalty, honor, determination and hard work. His legacy is his faith, compassion and love, which he leaves to his family and friends.Jim is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nancy Ann Burnett Larsen; son James Burnett Larsen (Suzanne) of Tahoe Vista, California; daughter Barbara Ann Larsen Holgreen of Cedar Hills, Utah; grandchildren Jesse James Larsen, Joshua Ilet Holgreen, Kristen Marie Larsen, Tyler James Holgreen, Jared Larsen Holgreen and Sadie Ann Holgreen; great-granddaughter Jade Larsen; and his adopted granddaughters Monika Mulgrabher-Marsh and Nicole Mulgrabher Reynolds. He is also survived by his brother Don Raymond Larsen, Richard Neil Larsen and Sister Diane Mecham. Preceding him in death are his father Jack, his mother Oleta and two sisters Jeroline Ann Brinkerhoff and Ruth Corry.A celebration of Jimandamp;#8217;s life will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 3:00 p.m., at the Kings Beach Event Center, 8313 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, California. In lieu of flowers the family asks Jimandamp;#8217;s friends to please donate to The Prostate Cancer Foundation, http://www.pcf.org.The family expresses appreciation to the VA Hospital and their staff for such excellent care and to all those who have loved and been a part of Jimandamp;#8217;s life.