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Obituary: LARSEN, KENNETH

Published: Thursday, Oct. 23 2014 6:54 a.m. MDT

Kenneth Martin Larsen 1927 ~ 2011

Kenneth Martin Larsen, 83, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather passed peacefully away on Jan. 16, 2011 at home surrounded by his loving family. Ken was born June 26, 1927 in Ogden, Utah, the son of Harvey Martin and Annie May Shaw Larsen. He graduated from Weber High in 1945, attended Weber College and enlisted in the army during the Korean War. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah, then completed his master's degree from BYU and his PhD from UCLA. He was a professor of mathematics at BYU for 32 years. He thought it was the best job in the world! He served a mission for the LDS church to New England where he met his future wife, Merlee Smith. They were married on Nov. 10, 1955 in the Logan Temple. They were blessed with nine children. He was a faithful member of the LDS church, serving as the ward and stake clerk for many years. He served a second mission with his wife to Jackson, Mississippi. He was a temple ordinance worker in the Provo temple for 17 years. Ken was an avid reader and he studied many different languages. He enjoyed the outdoors and would take his large family camping and hiking in the mountains. He loved to ride his bike and rode it to work and to the temple for many years. He had a huge smile that lit up the whole room! He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Merlee; and daughters, Debra Beltran (Henry), Rebecca Robertson (Charles), Rachel Squire (Tom); and sons, Joseph Larsen (Teresa), Paul Larsen (Roberta), John Larsen (Shawnell), Peter Larsen, James Larsen, and Mark Larsen; brothers, Alan Larsen, Vern Larsen, Lowell Larsen, Bruce Larsen; sister, LouAnn Thurgood; and 30 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to call on Thursday, Jan. 20, from 6-8:00 p.m. at Berg Mortuary, 185 E. Center, Provo, Utah, or Friday from 9:30-10:30 at the church prior to services. The funeral service will be Friday, January 21, at 11:00 a.m. at the Pleasant View 6th LDS Church at 2445 N. 650 E. (Timpview Dr.), Provo, Utah. Interment will be at the Provo City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund.