Obituary: Marvin Ernest Larson
Marvin Ernest Larson died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz., at the age of 85. He was born Dec. 1, 1925, in Solomonsville, Ariz., to Mary (Happy) and Tilford Larson.
Marvin graduated from Safford High School in 1943. He attended the University of Arizona and played center for the basketball team. He enrolled in the Navy, where he was sent to Notre Dame as part of the V12 program. After graduating from Notre Dame in 1946 with a degree in Naval Sciences, he was commissioned as an Ensign and served the next year in the South Sea Islands bringing the troops home.
He married his college sweetheart Phyllis Blake of Pima, Ariz., in the Mesa Arizona LDS temple on June 5, 1947. Marvin returned to the University of Arizona to obtain his Civil Engineering Degree with highest honors (Tau Beta Pi). In 1952, Marvin started American Engineering where he served for the next 42 years as President. Upon retiring, Marvin and his wife Phyllis served an LDS mission in England. Marvin was very active in the LDS church and served as Bishop of the Phoenix 8th Ward. In 1993, Marvin and Phyllis built a home and moved to Prescott, Ariz. They resided there for 17 years until health concerns caused them to move to Tucson.
Marvin is survived by his wife Phyllis; his brother Gene Robert (Joy) of Solomon, Ariz.; Ray (Janet) of Buckeye, Ariz.; his children Scott (Laura Lee) of Tucson, Jen Weipert of San Diego, daughter-in-law Kay Lindgren of Mountain Green, Utah, Rob (Karen) of Riverview, Fla., Laura Buhler (Reed) of Loveland, Colo., and Bruce (Louisa) of Glendale; 27 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. Marvin was preceded in death by his son, Phill in December 2001.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at the LDS Stake Center, 1101 Sandretto Drive, Prescott, Ariz., at 10 a.m. Viewing will be at 9 a.m.
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