Donna Byrne Larson, 94, of North Ogden passed away on April 29, 2022, of a life well lived. She departed while in her home, surrounded by her loving family and her devoted granddaughter and tireless caregiver, Kathy Casey.
Donna was born on October 22, 1927, to Walter M. Byrne and Luella Sharp Byrne in Millburne, WY. She was proud to be among the few who were educated for 8 years at the Piedmont School House in Wyoming that is now a listed railroad ghost town. While in Wyoming, she attended Mt. View High School (1942-43) before moving to Ogden and graduating from Ogden High School in 1946.
She was devoted to her husband and family. She married Ralph A. Larson on August 28, 1946, in the Salt Lake City Temple and went on to have four sons—Grant, David, Robert and Keith.
She had a passion for the land and owned two fruit orchards, growing peaches, apricots and cherries that the community loved. She loved teaching her children and grandchildren the value of enjoying song, work and play. She enjoyed wonderful outings, camping and vacations with her sons and their families traveling the world over.
Donna worked at the Union Pacific Laundry during WWII and later for the Ogden City Schools lunch program. She gave 35 years of service as Sunday School Coordinator and secretary for the Weber Heights Stake as well as a teacher in the Primary, Sunday school and as Ward librarian in the 37th Ward in Ogden. At the time of her death she was a member of the 7th Ward, North Ogden Stake.
Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph and their son Robert A. Larson and wife Lori of Roy, UT; brother Francis W. and wife Emma Byrne of Simi, CA; sister La Rae Rasmussen and husband Ron of Willard, UT and her brother-in-law Clifford Crompton, of Orem, UT.
She is survived by her sons, Grant R. (Sarah) Larson of North Ogden; David W. (Evelyn) Larson of Syracuse, UT and Keith D. (Pamela) Larson of Ogden, UT. Also surviving is her sister, Fae Crompton, of Orem UT.
Donna has 43 grandchildren, 79 great grandchildren and 19 great-great grandchildren.
Services will be held at Leavitt's Mortuary, 836-36th St., Ogden, Utah. Friends may visit with family on Monday May 2, 2022 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and Tuesday, May 3 from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Funeral Services will begin at 11:00 am.
Interment at Ben Lomond Cemetery, 526 E. 2850 N., North Ogden
Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.leavittsmortuary.com
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