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The Diamond Willow Man

Lauren Allen Larson (Lars), 79, of Alamogordo, New Mexico, and Bottineau, North Dakota, passed away at his home on Feb. 18, 2015.
He was born to Raymond and Mae (Steen) Larson on Feb. 11, 1936 at Crosby, North Dakota. He spent most of his childhood years in Ambrose, North Dakota. He briefly lived in Westby, Montana. His high school years were at Alexander, North Dakota, where he graduated in 1955. Lauren was passionate about sports and excelled in football, basketball and track at Alexander. His "Other Parents," Garvin and Dorothy Jacobson made it possible for him to stay in Alexander and work on their ranch while attending school. He then enrolled at Dickinson State Teacher's College and participated in sports there as well for three years. It was at Dickinson where he met his bride. He sat behind Alfreda Grace Haugen in Psychology class. They were married in 1958 and shared more than 56 years together.

In 1959 Lauren enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He became an aircraft mechanic serving at bases in Arizona, the Philippines, and Texas. He often went with the plane he crew chiefed to care for it on the "pay run" to the bases in SE Asia during the Vietnam era. In 1967 he left the USAF and returned to North Dakota where he worked as an Electrolux salesman. In 1972 Lauren and Grace bought a marina from her mother and step-father. Larson Marine Inc. is located on beautiful Lake Metigoshe on the Canadian border north of Bottineau, North Dakota, where their son continues to manage the business. Lauren was one of the early members of the Metigoshe volunteer fire department and the Lions Club. Lauren had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed playing pranks. He loved kids and really enjoyed playing with them as well as teaching them athletic skills.

He particularly enjoyed teaching young people to shoot free throws with accuracy. Although not a member of the Elks, he helped with the Elks Hoop Shoot for several years, and was very pleased with his kids performance. He was a born salesman and was always trying to sell you something including his beautiful diamond willow canes, lamps and his lapidary creations. He loved people and never met a stranger. He talked with everyone whether they wanted to talk or not. Lauren enjoyed hunting both birds and big game. He particularly enjoyed hunting elk and bear with his buddy "Wild Bill" Fielhaber. They were the "brothers" that neither of them had.

Lauren and Grace are the parents of two children: Laurie of Madison, Wisconsin, and Leonard of Lake Metigoshe; and "parents by choice" of Patsy Acosta of Alamogordo. They are grandparents to Hunter and Allegra Larsonof Madison, Wisconsin, and Patsy's daughter Camilla Balderas of Alamogordo. Oscar Jaramillo ,who came to North Dakota to help care for Lauren 2 years ago. is also family.
Lauren is also survived by his wife, Alfreda Grace; and his sisters: Rosella (Larry) Zika of Billings, Montana, Ardell Smith, and Francelia Doyle of Williston, North Dakota; and numerous nieces and nephews. His sister and brother by marriage and their spouses, Jan (Einar) Johnson of Roswell, New Mexico, and John M (Cheryl) Haugen of Oroville, California, survive him as well.

Lauren was preceded in death by his birth parents, his "other parents" the Jacobsons, and a son-in-law, Dennis Presser.

A celebration of Lauren's life and his welcome into the arms of Jesus is scheduled at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1212 Washington in Alamogordo, New Mexico, on Feb. 28, 2015, at 2 p.m.
A service in North Dakota will be held at Metigoshe Lutheran in the spring. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be given to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Alamogordo where Lauren was an associate member, or to Metigoshe Lutheran Church where he has maintained his membership.

We have been blessed with two wonderful church families in addition to other friends. Thank you all for your kindness and friendship.
Thanks Be to God for all of His Blessings.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 25 to Mar. 24, 2015
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