Garth Lane Larson was born on November 5, 1929 in Carlotta to pioneer descendants Lloyd Lewis and Ada Lucena (Lane) Larson. Garth passed away peacefully in Eureka on January 6, 2022 at the age of 92.

He spent most of his childhood in Carlotta before his family moved to the Cutten area. He was a graduate of Eureka High School. During the Korean War, he was inducted into the service for two years where he received the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, among other awards. After the war, he returned to the Larson Brothers Shingle Mill in Cutten where he was self-employed until 1959. He then went to work for Ocean View cemetery to landscape undeveloped grounds and install sprinkler systems. In time, he became Superintendent of Grounds. One of his many projects included the Veteran’s section at Ocean View. He was very proud of this project and continued to participate in veteran’s celebrations and memorial services whenever possible. When Service Corp International (SCI) purchased Ocean View-Sunset, he was inducted into the SCI Hall of Fame for his outstanding work in development and care of the grounds, his leadership, and sense of responsibility. He retired after 35 years with Ocean View. He was a member of the Native Sons and Eureka Municipal Golf Association for many years.

Garth was a quiet, kind person with a sense of humor that revealed itself in unexpected moments. He loved the outdoors, including hunting and fishing. One of his favorite pastimes was golfing. He had strong family ties and was well like by those who knew him. He often played Santa at family Christmas celebrations and passed on his love of art and culture. He also was very involved with family barbeques, even helping to build the family roasting pit at the cabin while in his eighties.

In 1965 Garth married Marian Coffman, a primary school teacher. Together they enjoyed travel, golf, plays and concerts. They enjoyed over thirty years together before Marian passed in 1997. He never remarried.

Garth was preceded in death by his beloved wife Marian; his parents, Lloyd and Ada Larson; his siblings and their spouses: Lloyd W. and Nannette Larson, Audrey and George Ragusin, and Pat and Ed Wiversoll; as well as niece Arlene’s husband Eddie Schneider.

He was survived by his brother and wife Merlyn and Evelyn Larson; his nieces and nephews: Arlene Schneider, Lesley Larson, Keith (Kathy) Larson, Lane (Leighann) Larson, James (Jolynn) Wiversoll, John (Sandra) Wiversoll, Merle (Caitlin) Larson, Susan (Ed) Mabery, David (Amy) Larson; as well as numerous grand nieces and nephews and a large extended family.

Graveside services will be held at Ocean View Cemetery at 1pm on Friday January 21, 2022. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to a charity of your choice.


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