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LARSON Our family is sad to announce the passing of Mr. Roger Larson on June 24, 2006 at the age of 66, after a short and intense battle with cancer. Roger was born in Wadena Saskatchewan on March 18, 1940. He was raised and lived in the Script area on the family farm. He was the oldest of four boys. At the age of 18, Roger moved to the Yukon where he was employed with the Canadian Military on the construction of the Alaskan Highway. He returned home often, but his family saw less of him, as he began to spend all of his time with Lois McDonald! Roger and Lois were married on December 30, 1961. They had three children, all born in Whitehorse, Yukon. Roger was trained by the Canadian Military in heavy-duty mechanics as well as automotive and was employed as both mechanic and ambulance driver in Beaver Creek, Yukon. Roger and Lois eventually moved to Haines Junction, Yukon, where Roger owned and operated Bakke Service Station. In 1972, the family moved to Red Deer, Alberta. During the following years, Roger worked as a mechanic in Red Deer and the surrounding area. In 1979, Roger began working with Cenalta, which would become Precision Oil Well Servicing. As a member of the management team, Roger worked until his passing as a Commercial Vehicle Manager and Safety Supervisor. Roger always enjoyed his work, but it was the many people that he worked with over the years that gave special meaning to his job. Roger’s true passion in life was his family, and especially his grandchildren. He could often be found sitting on the floor with them shelling peanuts, taking them fishing or out in his truck and teaching them the “rules of the road”. He cooked the meanest pancakes and the worst bacon but the grand kids were always lined up for more. Roger gave to his grandchildren the greatest gift one can give; his time and unconditional love. Roger was a born teacher. He loved to learn and teach, especially in his chosen profession, the Oilfield. Roger never missed an opportunity to share a funny story or congratulate someone for his or her accomplishments. He had patience for those who struggled and a pat on the back for them when they succeeded. Roger was anticipating retirement and purchased a small acreage north of Hanna in April, 2005. For the next year he traveled between Hanna and Red Deer to train others for his job. He looked forward to a summer of fishing and building his retirement workshop. Although some of his dreams were not realized, his true happiness was lived out daily surrounded by his family and friends both new and old in Hanna and Red Deer. We will truly miss the insights, love and compassion of a man who loved deeply and gave his best in all that he did. Roger will be remembered with so much love by his wife of 44 years, Lois of Hanna Alberta, his two sons, Lionel (Joanne) of Red Deer, and Craig (Barb) of Hanna, daughter Lauri (Tim) of Red Deer, 8 grandchildren: Jordan, Alyssa, Jessie, Laura, Taylor, Brian, Joshua and Nicole,  his brother Mervin (Irene) of Red Deer and many, many friends, relatives and co-workers.  Roger was predeceased by his parents Edna and Earl Larson and two brothers, Wesley and Byron. Funeral Services were held at Parkland Funeral Home And Crematorium, Red Deer, Alberta on July 1st, 2006. .  If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in Roger’s name to The S.T.A.R.S. Foundation, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 9Z9 or to The Alberta Cancer Foundation, Central Alberta Cancer Centre, Bag 5030, Red Deer Regional Hospital, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 6R2. Condolences can be forwarded to the family at www.parklandfuneralhome.com. In living memory of the Late Roger Larson, a tree will be planted in the Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium Memorial Tree Park, Red Deer County, Alberta.