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Russell James Larsen 1974 ~ 2011 Our beloved son, brother, father, and husband Russell Larsen passed away on May 31, 2011. Russell was born to Robert Clare and Patricia McStay Larsen. Immediately out of high school Russ joined the U.S. Army and served a tour with the 16th Infantry Regiment. During this time he married Valerie Coon who tragically died eight months later. Soon after his discharge from the Army, he met and married Brandi Ricks. Together, they had two wonderful children, Michael and Britani. Following his military service, Russ worked as a controls and automation technician. He designed and built electrical panels and specialized in variable frequency drives. His innate troubleshooting and problem solving abilities made him successful in this field. He was mechanically inclined and could fix anything. Russ loved outdoor activities such as fishing and camping. He was a fan of all types of music, from classical to rock. He loved to play golf, but it was safest to stay behind him on the tee. He was a knowledgeable coin collector. He was equal parts charming and mischievous. Russell was magnanimous by nature. He would always help a friend or family member in need. He had a kind heart and would not refuse a request for help, even if it came at an inopportune time. Survived by: wife: Brandi; children: Michael and Britani; parents Patricia and Greg White; sisters Rebecka (Usman) Mian and Kari Larsen (Tyler); grandparents: Bob and Dortha McStay of Tooele and Betty Larsen of St. George; Mother/Father-in-law Sheree Budke and Michael Ricks; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by his first wife Valerie Coon; father Bob Larsen and grandfather Earl Larsen. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 7 at 2 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway (10600 S.). Viewing at 1 p.m. Interment will immediately follow at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery 17111 So. Camp Williams Rd, Bluffdale. Online condolences at

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on June 5, 2011
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