Raymond Nelson Larsen

09/13/1926 - 05/26/2018
Service Date: 06/09/2018
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Cameron Ranch Ward, 3572 East Guadalupe Road, Gilbert, Arizona
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 North Center Street, Mesa, Arizona

 

Raymond Nelson Larsen, 91, passed away May 26, 2018 at the Higley House Group Home in Gilbert, Arizona. Born on September 13, 1926 and raised in Brigham City, Utah, Raymond “Ray”was the youngest son of Merlin Russell Larsen and Judith Viola Nelson. He graduated from Box Elder High School in 1944, enlisted in the United States Navy that same year, and served in the Pacific Theater of Operations during WWII.

Ray married the love of his life Kirma Snow, also of Brigham City, in the LDS Logan Temple on July 2, 1947. They are the parents of seven children: David (Marge) of Hinckley, Utah, Michael (Annette) of Oregon City, Oregon, Judy (Stewart) Adams of Mesa, Arizona, Karen (Jack) Huish of Taylorsville, Utah, Gail (Mark) Snow of Gilbert, Arizona, Barbara (Neal) Jones of Mesa, Arizona, and Alan (Alina) of Tucson, Arizona.

Ray and Kirma lived in Brigham City and Salt Lake before moving to Garfield, Utah, a mining town owned by Kennecott Copper. Eventually the town shuttered its doors and Ray transplanted his family to Magna, Utah in 1956. Ray was employed at Kennecott Copper Corp. as an Industrial Relations Representative. While thus employed, and while providing for his family, he attended and graduated from the University of Utah in 1964. In 1968 he began work for Marathon Steel in Phoenix, Arizona and moved his family to Tempe followed by subsequent moves to Sahuarita and later Mesa, Arizona. Upheavals in the copper industry, and facing an uncertain future, Raymond started his own business, ‘Ray’s Roofing’ and he took great pride in his skills and his ability to provide for his family. Managing a ‘Motel 6’ in the Phoenix area provided an income in later years prior to retirement.

Ray and Kirma have centered their entire lives around church service and family values and have been very blessed to acquire so many friends throughout their lives. Ray loved to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ and served in many leadership and teaching capacities. His and Kirma’s most difficult and challenging call came when they served an LDS mission to the West Indies. They worked tirelessly teaching the gospel, serving the poor, feeding the hungry, and learning how to live in a country of much poverty and hunger. Upon their return, they worked as temple and ordinance workers in their beloved Mesa Temple and performed much family genealogical work there.

Raymond always possessed a strong sensitivity towards the place of his birth. He loved Brigham City! The history, the people, the peach orchards, the panoramic views, but especially the majestic and rugged mountains to the east of the city where he spent much of his childhood.

Ray was an excellent carpenter and bricklayer and each of his homes reflected the benefits of his skills with room additions and modifications. In later years he enjoyed rebuilding old furniture and working in his shop. He also loved working in his orchard and many have benefitted from the fruits thereof.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; several siblings; a grandson, Kelly; and by his wife and beloved companion, Kirma, who passed away almost one year ago on June 28, 2017.

Besides his children, Ray is also survived by a sister, Barbara Baldauf, Taylorsville of Utah; sister-in-law, Roberta Larsen of Salt Lake City, Utah; brother-in-law, Hilton Mose of Houston, Texas; 25 grandchildren; and 48 great-grandchildren.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to Ella and those caregivers at Higley House as well as to Dad’s Home Teaching companion and best friend, Marv Hollingsworth, who ministered right to the end. Thank you and God Bless.

Funeral services will be held June 9, 2018 at the Cameron Ranch Ward, 3572 East Guadalupe Road, at 10:00am. Friends and family may call from 9:00-9:45am. Interment will be at the City of Mesa Cemetery. Condolences may be sent from http://www.bunkerfuneral.com/obituaries/raymond-nelson-larsen/

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  • Vaudean Williams

    My husband, Bob, and I loved Ray and Kirma…we were together in the Mesa Alta Mesa ward and they were especially nice to us as my sweet husband was in his last days…I am so thankful they are together again…….(sorry I will be out of town on Saturday or I would be there). Families will be forever.

  • Our family was one of the lucky recipients in Tempe of having Ray Larson and Marv Hollingsworth as their home teachers. They set the bar high and have been an example to me throughout my life. Many thanks to both of them for their service. As a twelve year old Ray would invite me over on Sunday afternoons to play chess with him after church and attempt to teach me the game.
    Sorry for your loss, but families are eternal and Ray lived that way his entire life. Unfortunately I will be out of town on Saturday so I will miss his funeral.

  • I love you, Grandpa.

  • Craig & Elaine Huish

    Karen, Jack and family,
    Our thoughts are with you as you gather to celebrate the life of your dad and grandpa. We hope you are comforted with thought that he is with your sweet mom.
    Love you lots!
    Craig and Elaine

  • Lori Larsen Weintz

    I have been thinking about all of your family today.

    Uncle Raymond made the best fudge! I always enjoyed when our families got together and I actually had some cousins my age! Uncle Raymond and Aunt Kirma always made us feel welcome when we came to visit. They were solid in the gospel and in their love of family. My love goes out to all of you at this time of loss and change.

  • Kathy Nielsen Refsdal

    My love to the Larsen family. I have so many wonderful memories of the time we were friends in Magna.

  • Kathy Nielsen Refsdal

    My love to the Larsen family. I have so many wonderful memories of the time we were friends in Magna.
    Love, Kathy

  • Merlin Douglas Larsen

    Uncle Raymond was a big presence in my early life, until they moved to AZ. And he always got the biggest popcorn ball, which his older brother, my dad, personally made for him each time we went out to their house in Magna to visit on Sundays after church. My dad once told me that Ray was “Quigley”, because Quigley Down Under was his favorite movie. This amused my dad, and I’ve never thought of Uncle Raymond without thinking of Quigley ever since. The fact that Uncle Raymond also would ride his bike for ten miles to exercise added a shared dimension, since I am a dedicated biker myself. Every time that Raymond and Kirma came up to Salt Lake I enjoyed it when he would chat with me. He focused on me and was interested in my family. Uncle Raymond is one of my favorite people to think about, and I am glad he’s now able to enjoy Existence fully with his loved ones who have advanced beyond this venue. 🙂

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