Curtis Daines Larsen(1936 - 2013)

In the early morning hours of July 5, Curtis passed away with gentle, peaceful ease surrounded by his wife, Joyce, and his three children. He was born Sept. 24, 1936, to Newel Jensen Larsen and Amy Daines in Logan, Utah. He spent his life in Mantua at his family home.
Curtis grew up hunting with his father and guiding for the Churchs, founders of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda. Attending Box Elder High School, he met his future wife Joyce Leonard. He always said she had every quality he wanted in the mother of his children. They started their life in Mantua. Curtis worked at the fish hatchery before he moved to Thiokol, and eventually to the Box Elder County Sheriff's office. He served the county for 28 years. He spent his spare time working on the family farm.
Curtis served in the United States Air Force. He returned home to marry Joyce in the Logan LDS Temple, July 27, 1956. They had been together for 57 years.
Curtis and Joyce spent their lives together doing things they loved - hunting, camping with family, traveling and raising their three children: Sue Ann, Lynn, and Kyle. They enjoyed watching each of their children develop their unique talents and guiding them to live to their potential. Curtis had always wished he had attended college, but never regretted his decision to marry and start a family. There was nothing more important to Curtis than family, sports, and a good western.
Curtis attended Weber State Law Enforcement Academy, also attending the National Sheriff's Institute at USC in Los Angeles. He continued to further his knowledge at several law enforcement academies throughout his career. Curtis was an excellent marksman, taking first place often in professional competitions, but always ranking in the top three. He made sure his children always knew how to handle and respect firearms in the home.
Curtis spent his later years traveling with his family, enjoying his grandchildren and battling several illnesses. He had a robust sense of adventure and a deep sense of spirituality, rarely seen, but always there. He was a member of the Mantua First Ward, serving in the Sunday School Presidency, as a Home Teacher, and as a High Priest.
Curtis is survived by his wife and companion Joyce Leonard Larsen. His children: Sue Ann (Richard) Holmgren, Lynn Curtis Larsen, and Kyle J (Michelle) Larsen. He had four grandsons: Latch, Slate, Riggin, and Ryker Holmgren; two granddaughters: Shalee (Skyler) Moss, and Madeline J Larsen. His three sisters: Ranee, Wilma, and Carolyn. He was preceded in death by his parents and an older brother, Mervin.
We would like to thank: Dr. Robert Wayment, Dr. VanBibber, Dr. Grant, Dr. Megan Grunander, Dr. Todd Grunander, the nurses at Ogden Regional Medical Center, and Integrity Homecare and Hospice for their loving care and support of Curtis and our family.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, July 15 at the Mantua LDS First Ward Chapel, 237 S. Willard Peak Road.
Viewings will be held at the Mantua First Ward from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 14 and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday.
Interment will be in the Mantua Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Box Elder County Veterans Honor Guard. Email condolences to www.gilliesfuneralchapel.com.

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Published in Logan Herald Journal on July 11, 2013