Martin LARSON

LARSON Martin Elvin Larson of Olds, AB passed away at the Olds Care Centre on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at the age of 92 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of 68 years, Margaret Georgina "Mamie", his two sons: Paul (Yvonne) of Lundbreck, AB and Ken (Fern) of Stettler, AB; his daughter Neva (Norm) of Didsbury, AB as well as his nine grandchildren and eighteen great grand children. Martin will also be missed by his sister, Sylvia of Red Deer. Martin was predeceased by his son Lyle “Butch” on September 19, 2007 as well as his brother Lawrence and his sister Laura. Martin Elvin Larson was born on January, 10, 1915 to pioneer parents on a homestead near Castor, AB. As a young man he attended Art School near Calgary, but returned to the farm where he resided until 1971. On December 23, 1938 he married Margaret Georgina "Mamie", the love of his life for more than 68 years. In 1971 they retired from the farm and moved to Red Deer where he took up custodial work at West Park Elementary School. He became such a friend to the students that they gave him a new name, Mel. He and Mamie were much loved members of the Oriole Park Missionary Church where Mel was one of the official greeters. During his years after retirement from the school he went back to doing his art. He created many pen and ink drawings of historical buildings throughout Western Canada. In later years they moved into an apartment where they looked after all the "old people" residing there who where in fact actually younger than themselves. Martin's final years where spent in the Sunrise Village at Olds, AB where he was able to see Mamie on a daily basis. He passed away peacefully, with his family by his side after a wonderful life of integrity, love and compassion. A Memorial Service will be held at CrossRoads Church, 38105 Range Road #275, (west of the Red Deer 32nd Street overpass on Hwy #2) Red Deer County, AB, on Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial Donations may be made in memory of Martin Larson to the Salvation Army, 4837 – 54 Street, Red Deer, AB,T4N 2G5. Condolences may be forwarded to the family at: www.parklandfuneralhome.com. In living memory of Martin Elvin Larson, a tree will be planted in the Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium Memorial Tree Park, Red Deer County, AB.


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