Harold "Hal" H. Larson, 89, of San Luis Obispo passed away at home on Friday, April 11, 2014, with his wife, Dorie at his side. Hal was born in Los Angeles to Hilding and Beulah Larson in 1924, where he lived until 1943. He was active in his schools, school sports and the Boy Scouts - earning his Eagle Badge. Hal joined the U.S. Navy's amphibious forces as an electronics technician and served mostly in the Western Pacific. In 1946, he married Barbara Bohannon and later graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1949. He had a successful sales and sales management career with the Crown Zellerbach Corporation for 21 years. In 1971, the couple made the decision to move to San Luis Obispo to start a new business, San Luis Paper Company; their son, Hilding, joined them in 1973. While the business was growing rapidly, Hal lost Barbara to cancer in 1982. Their daughter, Deborah, and her husband, Douglas, then entered the business. Hal later married Doris "Dorie" Mulder. Combining outstanding service to his customers and community involvement was important to Hal. He served on the SLO Chamber of Commerce Board, was president of the Mozart Festival in 1973-74, and was president of the Kiwanis Club of SLO in 1976. He was vice president of the SLO County Symphony in 1983-85, president of the Rotary Club of SLO in 1993, a Deacon in the First Presbyterian Church in SLO, and the long time treasurer of the Central Coast Cal Alumni Club. Hal is survived by his wife, Doris "Dorie"; son Hilding (Mary Carole); daughter Deborah Hoffman (Douglas) and their sons, Christopher (Summer) and Matthew. Also surviving are step-son David Mulder (Melanie) and their children, Christine, David and Catherine; step-daughter Janet Anderson (Mark) and their children, Michael, Kylee and Karleigh; step-daughter Jeanne Neely (Bill) and their children, Robert and Samuel; and step-son Darren Mulder. Hal's brother Howard (Sharon) preceded him in death. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church of SLO. A special thanks goes out to Central Coast Hospice of SLO County for their wonderful care.
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Apr. 26, 2014