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Bjorn Robert Larsen was a strong, kindhearted, free spirit and a wonderfully generous son, brother and uncle. He was fun-loving and always tried to put a positive spin on things.
Bjorn was quick to smile and even quicker to laugh. His laughter was infectious and filled the room. It will echo in the hearts of those who loved him forever.
He loved spending time with his family and his friends, even enjoying letting nieces and nephews "torture" him. He had a gentle heart and was the sort of man to which animals and small children were drawn.
His hallmark red beard was always available for babies to tug at. He looked like a Viking, and little boys admired his strength and begged him for piggyback rides and wooden swords.
Born in Forks and raised on the Sol Duc River, Bjorn was home-schooled through third grade, then attended schools in Port Angeles, earning a GED at Peninsula College.
He was an adventurer, a lover of nature and an incredible athlete. He was a great skier, learning to ski at Hurricane Ridge with his brother and sister before kindergarten. He was a man of the wilderness and was most comfortable in the great outdoors. When his family gathered, he would most often be found outside, watching the river, playing with dogs or gazing at the stars.
Bjorn had an amazing talent for fixing things. As a child, his parents supplied him with toasters and telephones to disassemble to save their family televisions from his investigations. He mended broken motorcycles before the age of 10 and logging equipment in his teens.
Bjorn worked in the family logging business and was an expert logger. He was capable of doing everything in the woods, including high climbing, running complicated processor equipment and challenging mechanical repairs.
Bjorn is survived by his brother, Leif (Lillian); sister Karinn (Wilson Easton) Larsen; two nieces; three nephews; father Peter (Colleen); aunt Kristina; grandmother Maxine Larsen; and his fiancee, Tiffany Breedlove, all Port Angeles residents; and several aunts, uncles and cousins residing in California.
His mother, Harriet Forrest, and grandfather, Robert Larsen, preceded him in death.
Without hesitation, Bjorn helped any friend in need. He was loved by everyone whose life he touched. Bjorn will be dearly missed by so many people. It is with great sorrow we say goodbye to our Viking, our bear, our brother.
Details for a wake and celebration of life will be announced later. A memorial fund in Bjorn's honor has been set up at Strait-View Credit Union, 220 South Lincoln Street, Port Angeles.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on May 13, 2012