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Obituary: LARSEN, GLEN

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 21 2014 6:21 a.m. MDT

Glen R. Larsen 1924 ~ 2011

Glen Ray Larsen, 86, of Leland, UT, passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2011, in Payson, UT, from complications after surgery.Glen was born June 21, 1924, the second oldest child and only son of William Pioneer Larsen and Leora Swenson Larsen, in Leland, UT. He attended schools in Leland and Spanish Fork, UT, and graduated from Spanish Fork High School. According to Glen, "After high school graduation, I just kept on doing what I had always done" which was working with the soil, producing food, fiber, and working with, and raising, beef cattle. He married his sweetheart, Lois Genevieve Eliason, August 12, 1950, for time and all eternity in the Manti LDS Temple. He said that he waited until he was 26 years old to get married, because, "I couldn't find a cattleman's daughter that had a teaching certificate that would have me, until then." They were blessed with three children: Rex (Sherrie) Larsen, Leland, UT; Brenda (Dale Bradford), Cincinnati, OH; and Jane, who was killed in an automobile accident 22 years ago. He and Genevieve are the proud grandparents of eight granchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren, whom he said, with a twinkle in his eye, were all so beautiful and intelligent. He has always been a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Glen lived in Leland all of his life and was known as a very successful farmer and cattleman. He was innovative in his crops, always trying new varieties and methods and improved his cattle with crossbreeding programs, starting in 1958. He kept up on new ideas by reading four newspapers and numerous magazines and periodicals. He also took classes at BYU and USU to improve his profession. He didn't measure his success just in monetary value, but in the opportunity to be a steward of the land and livestock, with which he was entrusted. He felt that the life lessons he taught his children and grandchildren through hard work and responsibility were most important. Glen has always been involved in community and church service, as well as organizations to promote his profession as a Cattleman. Some of these include: Jaycees - Local President, State Vice President, and National Director; Utah State Livestock Show Association President; Utah State Junior Livestock Show (Spanish Fork Stockshow) Secretary, Manager, President and Director; Utah County Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service (ASCS) county committee; Utah Farmers Home Administration county committee; Planning Commission for Utah County; Spanish Fork Grazing Association Secretary; Utah County Cattlemen's Association President; Utah State Cattlemen's Association Area Director, Vice President and President; National Cattlemen's Association Board of Directors; and Utah Beef Council Chairman. His hobbies and interests revolved around his family. He and Genevieve enjoyed traveling to many different places, and have traveled through 60 different airports throughout the United States, as well as numerous other countries. No matter where they traveled, he said it was always so good to get back home to the land he loved. Glen is a lifetime member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served in many positions, including Ward Clerk, Stake Clerk, Bishop, Stake High Council, and Welfare Services Region Agent. During 1993, he and Genevieve served a mission to the California-Oakland Mission. He is survived by his son and daughter; and eight grandchildren as well as 13 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Jane; his dear wife, Genevieve; and his sisters: Janice Creer, Carol Thomas, and Afton Timpson. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 11 a.m. in the Spanish Fork West Stake Center, 360 North 650 West, Spanish Fork. A viewing will be held Monday, February 14, from 6-8 p.m. at Walker Mortuary, 187 South Main Street, Spanish Fork; and, at the Stake Center, Tuesday morning, 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. prior to service. Interment will be in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest a contribution to the Perpetual Education Fund. http://ldsphilanthropies.org/ or to the Spanish Fork City Library, in his name. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerfamilymortuary.com