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Melvin Leon "Mel" Larson

1929 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Melvin Leon "Mel" Larson Obituary
Larson, Melvin "Mel" Leon
87, of Las Vegas passed away on November 1, 2016. Mel was well known for his market expertise as Executive Vice President of Circus Circus properties for 20 years. He was also known throughout the NASCAR community for racing in his early career days and was instrumental in the inception of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mel was in the Air Force which sent him to Luke Air Force Base where he met the love of his life, Marilyn. He then owned and operated a drag strip in the Phoenix area before coming to Las Vegas and joining the Circus Circus team for Bill Bennett. Mel peacefully passed with his wife of 37 years, Marilyn, and family by his side. Mel was born in Plymouth, Michigan in 1929 to his parents Oleta Mae and Algot Larson, who have preceded him in passing. He is survived by his brother, Alvin Larson of Tempe, Arizona, his children Melinda Larson, Jenny DiPaulo, Steven Larson, Carol Osborne, Teresa Sussman and their children. He is also survived by Marilyn's sister, Joyce Adams and her daughters Michelle Leininger, Vicki Davis and their children. Mel was always very generous with his time, helping others with great advice and guidance. Mel will be missed by many. Memorial service will be held 12 noon, Saturday, December 3rd at Palm Eastern Mortuary, 7600 S Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89123. In lieu of flowers, the Larson Family is requesting donations in his honor to The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 13, 2016
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