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John Larson

(Asbury Park Press)
(Manahawkin Newspapers)

John Larson, 76, of Barnegat Light, NJ died on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 at Deborah Hospital after complications from heart surgery. His wife, Marion and all seven children were with him at his side. Born in Lakewood, NJ he was raised in Barnegat Light. After attending the Univ. of Virginia he worked for the Roebling Co. before taking over his father's party boat business in Barnegat Light. John was a very large influence in the fishing industry on the whole east coast. He was owner or part owner of eight commercial fishing vessels and one party boat, "Miss Barnegat Light". He was a partner in Viking Village docks and Barnegat Light Yacht Basin. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, The Sextant Mason's Lodge and Barnegat Light Historical Society where he enjoyed being a docent in the summer telling tales of attending school there the first six years of his schooling.
John is survived by his wife, Marion Oliver Larson; seven children, Kirk, Karen, Kristine, Keith, Karter, Kathy of Barnegat Light and Kraig of Annapolis, MD; Daughter-in-laws, Pamela Keane Larson, Cindy Hoyt Larson and Linda Hollander Larson; son-in-law, Ernest Panacek. He leaves eleven grandchildren, Lori Malay, and husband Daniel Malay, Kirk Larson Jr, Lindsay Larson, Tyler Larson, Britt Larson, Sonja Panacek, Anna Lisa Panacek, John Panacek, Dylan Larson, Allison Larson, James Gutowski and two great grandchildren, Maddy Malay and Daniel Malay IV all of Barnegat Light. He has one brother in Tacoma, WA and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Saturday January 2 at 11am at the Kynett Methodist Church in Beach Haven followed by a celebration of his life at the Barnegat Light Firehouse. His ashes will be spread at his request in the ocean, from which he made a living, at a warmer time of the year. In Lieu of flowers a donation to the Barnegat Light Historical Society would be appreciated. Arrrangements under the care of Maxwell Funeral Home, Manahawkin, NJ

Published in Asbury Park Press & Manahawkin Newspapers on Dec. 27, 2009
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