Richard Lee Larson
1954 - 2017
Richard Lee Larson was born on Nov. 13, 1954, first child of Beverly and Jack Larson, in Bishop, Calif. He grew up an Air Force brat, living in Mississippi, England, Anchorage, Alaska, and Wyoming, a Boy Scout all the while. He eventually earned his Eagle Scout award. The family moved to Alaska in 1966. Richard attended (West) Anchorage High School, though graduated from Cheyenne Central High School in 1974. He returned to Alaska shortly thereafter to work on the construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline and seek a life of outdoor adventure. Richard was the first in his family to go to college. He graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from University of Alaska Anchorage. Richard turned his BFA degree and talent into his own business, Larson Graphics, which he ran for 30-plus years as a home-based business doing photography and design on his many generations of Macs. Richard was an early adopter of the fat tire bike (mountain bike). His book, "Mountain Bike Alaska: 49 Trails in the 49th State" was published in 1991. Richard was one of the organizers of the Iditabike winter race, founded in 1987. He rode the race once, but was better known as race director of Iditasport, a multi-sport winter endurance race, which he promoted and organized for many years. He was married to Kathy Foster from 1981 until 1990. He met his second wife, Marge Stoneking, on a mountain bike tour of the Denali Highway in 1990. They married on Aug. 3, 1997, at Kennicott Lodge in the Wrangell Mountains. Shortly thereafter, their family was completed by two beautiful daughters, Olivia and Beverly. Richard died in Tucson, Ariz., where he spent the last six years of his life, struggling with chronic alcoholism and suffering from liver disease. He was preceded in death by his parents, Beverly Leichty and Jack Larson. He is survived by his two treasured daughters, Olivia and Beverly Larson; their mother, Marge Stoneking; brothers, Ivan (Steph) and Bill Larson of Tucson; and nieces, Madeline and Hillary Tschappat Larson of Anchorage, Alaska. Photos, memories and condolences are welcome, sent to margestoneking(at gmail) or email for mailing address. Memorial gifts for the education of Richards daughters can be made at Credit Union 1, account #524241. A celebration of Richard's life will be held at Russian Jack Chalet on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 4 p.m.
Published by Anchorage Daily News on Feb. 10, 2017.
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Remembering Richard as a neighbor and the father of Olivia and Beverly. Blessings to you, Marge, and your daughters at this difficult time.
Janet Saul
February 14, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
February 14, 2017
Marge Stoneking
February 14, 2017
Marge Stoneking
February 14, 2017
Marge Stoneking
February 14, 2017
February 14, 2017
It's been a few years since I last connected with Richard, but he was always genuine and his friendly nature was a refreshing presence in the social/business environment we came up in. May his loved ones find comfort and solace in memories of good times, and may he Rest In Peace.
Mark Sutherlin
February 12, 2017
A special friend he will be missed
Dawn Moore Conley
February 11, 2017
I met Richard through the Arctic Bicycle Club in the mid-1990s. His kindness and love of the outdoors was infectious. I can still hear his hearty laugh and the image of him that has stayed with me all these years is of his genuine, loving smile. I'm so grateful to have known Richard.
Emmy Zartman
February 11, 2017
Such a generous man. Did the graphics for the Ride for Life for many years. RIP Richard.
Larry Holman
February 11, 2017
One of the nicest guy i ever met,so long my friend!
Pierre Ostor
February 10, 2017
The news of the untimely death of Richard strikes me hard. I met him on both Nordic ski and on cycle trips in various parts of Alaska. This began probably in the early - to - mid 1980s. His love of Alaska and the many people who venture out in search of adventure were obvious. His photographs show an understanding of respect of the outdoors in Alaska. Best wishes to the many, many friends whose lives were touched by the energy and passion of Richard's life.
Michael Fenster
February 10, 2017
I have known Richard since I was in junior high. Though we haven't spoken in years, we had remained connected until recently and he holds a dear piece of my life. When I was in high school, and he had already graduated, he would go on road trip adventures with our friend Pat Moore. I still have letters and mementos that he send from those trips - sometimes written in pages from a phone book or back of a diner menu. He would disappear from my life for periods of time, and then some force of nature would bring us back into contact. It is hard to believe that there will not be more of those connections in my future. I send my thoughts and condolences to the family. Robin Reardon
February 10, 2017
A really great guy. He was a real Alaskan. My thoughts and best wishes go out to the family.

Willy Stone Anchorage, Alaska
Willy Stone
February 10, 2017
Richard my 1st nephew! I have lots of good memories of Richard growing up!When Beverly (Richards mother and my sister)passed away I was in Tucson with Richard and Bill .Richard told me how much he loved the girls&how proud he was of them. When we looked at pictures there were tears in his eyes. He said he was thankful he was to have Marge taking such good care of the girls. He also talked about Marges Uncle. and he said he really like spending time with him. Aunt Sheila & Uncle Mike
February 10, 2017
Marge, Olivia and Beverly I am so sorry for your loss. I send caring prayers and thoughts your way. I will truly miss my dear Friend Richard.

Shirley Montonya
February 10, 2017
I will always remember Richard's infectious laugh when I first started cycling. He will be remembered fondly.
Geno Dicervo
February 10, 2017
Hearing about your loss has deeply sadden me. I hope the promise at Psalm 9:9 and 10 comforts your heart.
February 10, 2017
So sorry for the loss,may God Almighty be with the family as you put your trust in Him...Romans 15:13....
February 9, 2017
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