David Larson
1941 - 2012
Larson, Dr. David Lynn

June 27, 1941 -

June 14, 2012

Dr. David Lynn Larson, 70, Lake Tomahawk, Wis., died on Thursday, June 14, at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, Wis. He passed away from spinal cord injuries caused by a tragic fall.

David was born on June 27, 1941, and grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., with his parents, Harold and Edna Larson, and his brother, Elliott.

David graduated with a B.S. from Wheaton College and earned an M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in psychiatry. He completed his medical internship at the University of North Carolina's Memorial Hospital and his residency at Yale University Hospital. His career took him to Oklahoma, Vermont, Texas, and finally Wisconsin. For many years, he served as the clinical director at the Marathon County Healthcare Center in Wausau, Wisconsin.

David, fondly known as "Paca" or "Pooka" by his grandchildren, was a man of many interests and passions, including cooking, boating, fishing, playing the piano, gardening, and playing with his nine grandchildren. He and his wife, Karen, were famous for their gourmet meals and entertaining flair, which drew many to their lake house "El Reno" in the Northwoods. David was also a lifelong singer, who performed in the Wheaton College Glee Club and many church choirs. He had a keen intellect and could always be counted on for witty repartee and an incisive analysis of current political and religious issues. His sly jokes and silly songs delighted his grandchildren.

David is survived by his wife, Karen; his brother, Elliott (Marty) Larson; and his six children, Kimberly (Ed) O'Connor, Sun Prairie; Kenton Bradshaw, Rhinelander; Holly (Jeff) Eversoll, Stoughton; Holly Larson, Durham, N.C.; Kristen (Greg) Larson Blair, Chapel Hill, N.C.; and Joshua (Kim) Larson, Mill Valley, Calif. David is also survived by nine grandchildren,Reilly, Kieran, and Aidan O'Connor, Jackson and Parker Eversoll, Austin and Katie Blair, and Izzy and Reese Larson.

Services are being held Tuesday, June 19, at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Minocqua at 11:30 a.m. A viewing will precede the service at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Dr. Larson's memory to Rhinelander Food Pantry or St. Francis Outreach at St. Matthias. Please mail your contributions to St. Matthias Episcopal Church at PO Box 936, Minocqua, WI 54548.

Published by Wausau Daily Herald on Jun. 16, 2012.
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Was just speaking with Mom last evening-how sometimes time moves so slowly and other times it moves so quickly one has difficulty keeping up. Hard to believe it has been 9 years. David’s kindness, patience, gentleness continue to serve as inspiration for all of us!
Wayne/Kathy Jirovec
June 10, 2021
It's very hard to believe that 8 years have passed since David's passing. Although hes been gone he still lives in my mind and I think of him on a regular basis at work and his very kind nature which I will always admire and hope to try to live up to. God bless his soul
chandra shekar
June 14, 2020
Karen and Family
I am so sorry to hear news of David's death. I was fortunate to have worked with him. He was a great psychiatrist and person and a model for all. His presence will be missed in so many ways. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Linda Weitz
June 23, 2012
I wanted to offer my heartfelt condolences for your loss.
Joel Brokaw
June 22, 2012
Karen and family - We are so sorry to hear of our cousin's accident and resulting death. He was a GREAT man and we so enjoyed our visit to the Northwoods a couple of years ago. We pray for your whole family's healing.
John and Nancy Carlson
June 20, 2012
Dr Dave played basketball with us for probably 15 years. He was always a gentleman, a great sport and had an unstoppable hook shot. We will all miss him. You are in our prayers.
Mark Splinter
June 18, 2012
So sorry to hear of your loss. Dr. Dave played basketball with us on Wednesday's for 15 years or so. He was always a gentleman, a good sport and had an unstoppable hook shot. We will all miss him. You are in our prayers.
Mark Splinter
June 18, 2012
Karen and Family
We were stunned by the news of David's death. My heart aches so badly for you. Cannot make it to the funeral, but you will be in my thoughts all day and my prayers always.
Kathy and Earl Zabel
June 18, 2012
Our deepest condolences to Karen and family. David was a great person and I enjoyed working with him and learnt a lot over all the 12 years of association with him
chandra & suma shekar
June 18, 2012
Dear Larson Family,
Charlie Freiberg, Byron Barrington and I played tennis with Dave for the past 25 years or so. We had great fun and had many discussions as we sat together enjoying a soda or juice after playing.

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Art Waldman
June 18, 2012
Dear Holly,
Thank you for sending along the obituary. We are praying for you and your family today.
Yours, M
Margaret Frothingham
June 18, 2012
Holly - This came up on my facebook, and I am so sorry to hear about your father's death. Praying for your family today. - Lois Perisho Tebo
June 18, 2012
Dear Karen and family, It is with a heavy heart that I read of Davids passing. It is a privilege to have worked with him for 14 years at NCHCF. rEMEMBER, WHO EVER IS IN YOUR HEART WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU. bETTY mASON
June 18, 2012
Dear Holly and family:
It is with a heavy heart that I read your email about your dad's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Cecilia Galvin
June 18, 2012
Karen and Family - I was saddened to hear of your loss. I have dear thoughts of the times I worked with you and David at North Central. David gave me a few words of advice I have always held in my memory. He was a good man, and you were a great couple. God Bless - you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sandy Evans
June 18, 2012
Dear Karen and Family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Dr. Larson was a solid rock at NHCH for many years. Both Dr. and Karen were missed when you left NCHC, and now he will be missed by all those lives he continued to touch. I bet he was a great grandpa!
My thoughts and prayers are with you,
Jane Reilly-Smith
June 18, 2012
Karen and family,
I was deeply saddened to hear of David's passing. He was truly a wonderful man who left this world a little brighter than he found it. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Sharon Davisson
June 18, 2012
Dear Holly and your family,it's hard to express my sorrow for your Dad's passing.I'll pray for him---a successful medical director,a good father!Dod bless him!
Liz(Xia Li)
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June 18, 2012
Karen and family. It is hard to express our sorrow over the passing of David. It has been a number of years since we have seen the both of you and we were surprised when our friend John Coyle of Rhinelander sent us the on line link.
We look back over our times working together and realize that we all had the same goal in mind.

Once again we send you our best wishes.

Joel and RaeAnn Sigel
Chippewa Falls Wi.

PS I will let Bruce Rhoades know as we both now volunteer at the same free medical clinis in Chippewa Falls
Joel Sigel
June 17, 2012
Karen, I'm so sorry of your loss. I'm glad I got to know and work with David. He was a great man. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Mike Frankel
June 17, 2012
Karen, It was such a pleasure to make music with you and David in the choir at St. John's. A wonderful man. My sincere condolences.
Dan Thorpe
June 17, 2012
Dear Karen and family, David's spirit lives in his kindness and as you say his witty spirit. I have numerous memories of his kindness and witty spirit. They will live with us all. I truely enjoyed singing with him during the Christmas season through the hallls of NCHC. Cindy Guenther
June 17, 2012
Dear Karen and family,
We are so sorry for your loss.You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Gary and Kathy Schneck
June 16, 2012
Karen, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of David. He was a gentle, considerate, kind man who was an inspiration for many continuing in the field.
Lynne Buechler
June 16, 2012
We have wonderful memories of David on Riverview Drive, our block parties (whether he was hosting the party or participating) and our walks when we would stop and chat with him. We send our sympathy to Karen and family.
Mary and Pat Schibline
June 16, 2012
Our sincere condolences to Karen and family. David was a very respected man and his tragic loss will be felt by many.
Wayne/Kathy Jirovec, Merrill,WI
June 16, 2012
My thoughts, sympathy and prayers are with you.
Joyce Groshek
June 16, 2012
my thought and prayers to the family.
julie Cummins
June 16, 2012
My deepest condolences to Karen and family. What a tremendous loss to the community and to family and friends. He was so loved by his patients and coworkers.
Suzi Hammes-Fink
June 16, 2012
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