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Obituary for Douglas R. Larson

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Douglas R. Larson

July 31, 1952 - June 5, 2016

Our loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and comrade Doug, passed away on June 5, 2016 of complications of cancer.


He was born July 31, 1952 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota to Orval and Barbara Larson.

Doug graduated from Battle Lake High School and received his Bachelor Degree in Business Management from Park University.


On June 15, 1974 he married Tammie Macheledt. Together they had Kai and Becky. They would have been celebrating their 42nd anniversary on June 15, 2016.


Doug retired from the US Navy as a Chief Petty Officer February 1996 after serving over 20 years. He also retired from Hill AFB as a Maintenance Supervisor on April 30, 2016.


Doug’s greatest love and passion was his family who he enjoyed spending time with and doing activities together such as camping, barbecues and just hanging out.  Doug was truly devoted to helping and enjoying people.  Near and dear to his heart were Veterans and their families.  As a dedicated Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States member he served four terms as Post Commander and in 2013 – 2014 he was Utah’s State Commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.


Doug is survived by his wife, Tammie Larson; daughter, Rebecca (Tim) Fergeson (Utah), grandson, Kai Larson Jr. (SC); granddaughters, Rachael Larson and Jolie Albertson (Utah);  brother, Greg (Bonnie) Larson;  sisters, Marsha (Ron) Bowman and Nancy (Joe) Papa all residing in Minnesota.


The family would like to thank Dr. Hansen’s office and his amazing staff and McKay-Dee Hospital ER, ICU, third floor doctors, nurses, aides, staff and extended personnel for their exceptional care.


Graveside Memorial Services will be held Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Leavitt’s Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


A Celebration of Life will begin at 1:00 PM at VFW Post 8307, 1389 North Main Street, Layton, Utah.


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Service Schedule

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Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 - 36th St., , Ogden, UT, 84403

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A Celebration of Life will begin at 1:00 PM at VFW Post 8307, 1389 North Main Street, Layton, Utah.


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Born: July 31, 1952
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Carla and Stanley Martinez posted on 6/23/16

Tammie, Doug was such a wonderful person. He will be missed by so many people because of the way he has touched their lives. He was kind, generous, and loving. Remember that even though he is no longer here, he will always be with you in your heart and now watching over you and the kids as your Guardian Angel. Love Carla and Stanley


LaVay Thompson posted on 6/19/16

Marsha called me and told me of Doug's passing. I was very sorry to hear the sad news but at least the suffering was short. My Deepest Sympathy to you Tammie and your entire family !!


Rene McClanahan posted on 6/18/16

i sincerely loved working with Doug for the past 3 years. He was such a fun-loving man with a great sense of humor. My heartfelt condolences to his family.


Janie & Jerry Miller/Dept of AZ posted on 6/14/16

Tammy, please accept out most sincere condolences! We both valued the friendship you both showed up from the very first day we met Doug at the Ogden post and later at conventions and mid-winters in Moab. He was the main reason Jerry could be convinced to come to Moab last February. All the memories of good times will be consolation. I am certain that your VFW brothers and sisters will provide all the support you and your family will need.


Marty Lee posted on 6/14/16

Dear Tammy, I just want you to know what a great friend and supporter you and Doug have been to our band, TWO WEEKS NOYICE. Doug was a familiar face that we always look forward to seeing and will miss him very much. God bless to you and your family as you heal during this very difficult time


Mike & Debbie Luther posted on 6/13/16

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Doug was such a nice man and he couldn't have had a better wife. You both were always so kind to us when we came to the VFW. God bless you and your family.


Karl and Vicki Potter posted on 6/13/16

Our hearts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Doug was a great guy and a true patriot. He will be missed. God Bless.


Robert Garlow posted on 6/11/16

Doug was a classmate of mine (2013 - 2014 State Commanders Bills' Brigade) and a super friend!!! I will miss him. Prayers go out to all of his family and friends!! RIP brother you mission is complete and we will see each other again!!! All American Past State Commander 2013 - 2014 VFW Department of Nevada Bob Garlow


Joel Salazar posted on 6/10/16

I knew Doug as a faithful and honorable gentleman, as a human being and as a very Honorable Veteran and an honorable member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a service organization dedicated to the service of returned veterans. He will surely be missed by all of his friends, veterans he served and veterans he would have served. My condolences to his family and may Comrade and Honorable Veteran of the United States Navy Rest In Peace. Joel Salazar


Dennis Carlson posted on 6/10/16

I knew Doug for a short time on this earth and even as it was short, it was very prolific to me. Doug was always kindto me and my dad and my kids and I have nothing but total respect and admiration for this man. May God and the angels watch over your family as you pass on to the graies of God in his beloved kingdom. Thankyou for the privlidge of knowing you Dog and god bless. Sincerely The Carlson Family SFC Dennis G Carlson and Rachel, Tieler, Nick, Damon and Alexander.


Dennis and Sherry Howland posted on 6/10/16

Such a sad time. We have lost a dear friend and brother. We love Doug dearly. Our prayers, our hearts and our tears are with Tammy and family. Rest well Doug, with America's heroes on the other side of sky. I know God will hold you gently in His arms.