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Dolores (Dee) Larsen


1959 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Dolores (Dee) Larsen Obituary
DOLORES (DEE) LARSEN Dee was born February 23, 1959 in Chico, California to Richard and Betty Larsen. She graduated from Chico Senior High, class of 1977. Dee worked for Enloe Hospital (Chico) at patient admissions and later moved to Sacramento working for UC-Davis Medical Center as a patient records abstractor. Despite courageously enduring many rounds of chemotherapy, she succumbed to Richter's Transformation, a form of lymphoma, on September 15, 2014 with family by her side. A dedicated and loving mother, sister and friend, she continued to nurture her children on their life journeys, even as she was battling cancer. Dee was small in stature but a giant in spirit in everything she tackled. She was an avid cyclist, swimmer and runner winning many triathlons and mountain bike races. As a part of the eight-member all-women Team Donate Life "Heels on Wheels", she participated in the bicycle "Race Across America" in 2007 when the team set the women's record, a mark which still stands. Always giving of her time and talent, Dee served as coach, mentor and support for so many athletes learning to swim, ride or run through Total Body Fitness and Team Mad Cat in Sacramento. Dee's undaunted spirit and attitude will be missed! Dee is survived by sons Antonio Esparza (Susanville), Zachary Esparza with wife Amber and daughter Khloe (Chico), and daughter Stevie Esparza (Sacramento). In addition, Dee is survived by siblings Richard (Bend, OR), Elaine Stone (Burney), and Craig (Santa Clara); step-brother and sisters, Frank Blizman (Chico), Judie Pruett (Beaverton, OR), Julie Brewer (Keizer, OR), and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was pre-deceased by her father, mother and step-father, Frank Blizman. Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014 2PM at Andrews & Greilich Mortuary, 3939 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, Dee's wish was for donations to be made to the .
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Oct. 19, 2014
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