Richard Charles "Dick" Larson passed to his rest on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, at
Country View Senior Care in College Place, Washington. He was 91.
Dick was born November 9, 1919, in St. Joseph, Michigan,
to Edward and Edith (Benke) Larson, Swedish and German
immigrants. He lived his early life in southwestern Michigan
and attended Emmanuel Missionary College (now Andrews University) in Berrien
Springs until his marriage to Evelyn May Myers on Oct. 25, 1940. Dick and Evelyn moved to southern California, where
he worked at Lockheed in Burbank on the assembly line for P-38 planes until 1944. He then served in the United States
Navy until 1946.
Dick and Evelyn moved their growing family into a small
trailer in La Sierra, California, where he attended La Sierra
College (now La Sierra University). He graduated in 1951 with
a business administration degree, and became business manager
at Monterey Bay Academy in Watsonville, California.
In 1953 the Seventh-day Adventist Church called Dick
to Mountain View College on Mindanao in the southern
Philippines. During the five years that the family was in Asia
he also served at Bangkok Sanitarium and Hospital in Thailand,
Penang SDA Hospital in Malaya, and Youngberg Memorial
Hospital in Singapore. In 1958 the family returned to the United
States, going to Lansing, Michigan, where Dick completed his
master's degree in Business Management in 1959.
From 1960 to 1971, Dick taught business administration
and accounting at La Sierra College. He completed his PhD
in business management at Michigan State University in
1968, and earned his CPA shortly thereafter. Dick also taught
at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas, and
Andrews University, where he completed his teaching career in
1985. He and Evelyn retired in Sonoma, California, and then
moved to Victorville, California, in 1989 to be closer to their
sons. There he served as a Citizen On Patrol volunteer for the
San Bernardino Sheriff's Department.
Following Evelyn's death in January, 1998, Dick married Doris
Stevens Milelli and lived in Florida and California before settling
in Walla Walla, Washington, in 2006 to be closer to his family.
Dick is survived by his older brother, Frank Larson of
Cassopolis, Michigan; sons and daughters-in-law Richard
C. Larson, Jr. of Long Beach, California; Donald D. and
Barbara Larson of College Place, Washington; David N. and
Heidi Larson of West Hills, California; and Robert E. Larson
of Tecate, California He also leaves six grandchildren, Jodi
Larson-Wagner and Gerry Larson of Walla Walla, Washington;
Julie Larson-Voshell of College Place, Washington; Eric Larson
of Burbank, California; Richard C. Larson III of Long Beach,
California; and Grace Larson of Tucson, Arizona; as well as
10 great-grandchildren in the Walla Walla Valley.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wives Evelyn and
Doris; brothers Charles, Neil, and Donald; and a sister, Virginia
Family and friends are invited to remember Dick at an
informal memorial gathering on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at 5pm
in the second-floor conference room at Wheatland Village,
1500 Catherine St., Walla Walla. He will be buried next to
Evelyn at South Wayne Cemetery in Glenwood, Michigan.
Friends may write memories and sign the on line guestbook