OBITUARY

Mark Jeffery Larson

December 21, 1955April 16, 2018

Mark Jeffery Larson, 62 of Orlando, Florida, passed on April 16, 2018. Mark was born December 21, 1955 in Palestine, Texas to Martha Reavley Larson and Vincent Engelbart Larson. Mark graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas and attended Tyler Junior College before transferring to North Texas State University (UNT). In 1978, Mark received a Bachelor's of Business Administration (BBA) from North Texas, and in 1980 he received his Master's of Science in Accountancy (MSA). Shortly after graduation and passing the CPA exam, he married Diane McDowell Larson on May 17, 1980.

Mark started his career in the Dallas office of Peat Marwick Mitchell & Company, then moved to Forth Worth to work for Champlin Petrolium, a division of Union Pacific. In 1983, he took a job as Controller for the city of Fort Worth, until 1989, when the family moved to Corvallis, Oregon, where he became Director of Finance for the City of Corvallis. From 1992 to 2002, the family lived in Greenville, North Carolina, where Mark was Director of Finance for Greenville Utilities Commission. While in Greenville, he attended East Carolina University, where he earned his Master's of Public Administration (MPA). Greenville will always be home. In 2002, he moved to his current employer in Orlando, Florida - Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) as AGM and CFO.

Mark was a creative thinker - an ideas guy. He was incredibly responsible; someone you could always trust and count on.

Mark loved his children, travel, and time spent with them. He was the original do-it-yourself home and auto repair guy, who had lovingly restored his prized possession - a 1963 Corvette Stingray. He was a great mentor to all, avid triathlete and marathon runner, and a constant participant of Lucky's Lake Swim in Lake Cane.

Mark is survived by his wife of 38 years, Diane McDowell Larson of Orlando, Florida; son Jeffery Christian Larson and wife Samantha Staley Larson of Grayslake, Illinois; son Matthew Gayle Larson and wife Mary Whitt Larson of Garner, North Carolina; daughter Candace Marie Larson of Ventura, California; brother Roger Steven Larson (Vonda Larson) of Villa Ridge, Missouri; granddaughters Temperance Marie Larson and Adelaide Mae Larson of Grayslake, Illinois; mother-in-law Mrs. Barbara McDowell of Winter Garden, Florida; sister-in-law Karen List (Robert List) and nieces Rosalie List and Natalie List of Salem, Virginia; brother-in-law John W. McDowell III (Stacy McDowell) of Springtown, Texas; niece Jessica McCrory (Chase McCrory) and great nephew Kade of Sanderson, Texas; many friends and family.

Preceded in death by his parents, Martha and Vincent and father-in-law, Dr. John W. McDowell.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Woodlawn Funeral Home in Gotha, Florida. Memorial Service to be held, Monday, April 23, 2018 at 11 AM at Woodlawn Funeral Home.

The family invites you to please consider making a donation to one of the following charities in Mark's name:

5P- Society: https://5psociety.givingfuel.com/5pminusdonation Lake Cane Restoration: https://lakecane.com/donate/ Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: https://secure.pancan.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2681&mfc_pref=T&2681.donation=form1

Condolences may be offered at www.woodlawnfuneralhomegotha.com

  • FAMILY

  • Mark is survived by his wife of 38 years, Diane McDowell Larson of Orlando, Florida; son Jeffery Christian Larson and wife Samantha Staley Larson of Grayslake, Illinois; son Matthew Gayle Larson and wife Mary Whitt Larson of Garner, North Carolina; daughter Candace Marie Larson of Ventura, California; brother Roger Steven Larson (Vonda Larson) of Villa Ridge, Missouri; granddaughters Temperance Marie Larson and Adelaide Mae Larson of Grayslake, Illinois; mother-in-law Mrs. Barbara McDowell of Winter Garden, Florida; sister-in-law Karen List (Robert List) and nieces Rosalie List and Natalie List of Salem, Virginia; brother-in-law John W. McDowell III (Stacy McDowell) of Springtown, Texas; niece Jessica McCrory (Chase McCrory) and great nephew Kade of Sanderson, Texas; many friends and family.

    Preceded in death by his parents, Martha and Vincent and father-in-law, Dr. John W. McDowell.

Services

  • Celebration of Mark's Life Monday, April 23, 2018
REMEMBERING

Mark Jeffery Larson

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Michelle Lauren

April 30, 2018

Dearest Family of Mark Larson,

Words cannot express the deepest sadness we feel when we loose someone so unexpectedly and so quickly whom we loved so deeply.

I wanted to share a cherished memory of Mark. My first year at FMPA was challenging. At the company picnic, my friend and I sat alone at a table.
Mark came over after the meal had ended and spent some time chatting with us, which even included his remembering my concerns about my car's engine. I will never forget that offer of kindness. Maya Angelou once said, "People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel." That is definitely true of Mark. I remember how he made me and others feel valued.

Mark is very much missed and very much remembered..fondly.

May you be wrapped in love and community as you heal through grief.

Michelle Lauren - Human Resources

Mark White

April 22, 2018

My appreciation for the total person that Mark became, grew through the years as I got to know him better, he was a detailed professional, very wise and totally dedicated to his family. I used to playfully call him "the mechanic" due to his interest and abilities in knowing how everything works, from classic cars to financial instruments and all things between. He was also the master of the analogy, taking any difficult idea and comparing it to something that all could relate to and thus making the complex something simple and understandable. That intellect combined with his human touch made him one of a kind, I will never forget him, rest in peace my friend.

Mark White

Jim Hay

April 22, 2018

Diane,
We are very sad about Mark’s death and wish you and your family comfort and peace.

Mark and I joined FMPA about the same time. He was instrumental in getting funding for our electric generation plants in Key West, Fort Pierce, and Kissimmee. I was on the FMPA team that constructed these plants.

However, the big thing we shared was the love and commitment we both had for our families. We talked about our daughter and sons, our vacations, and their achievements. Passing in the halls or at company functions, we could share our excitement.

Please know that we are so sorry about your loss.

God bless you.
Jim and Sharon Hay
321-231-3436
12017 Garnet Drive/ /Clermont FL 34711

Mark McCain

April 21, 2018

Mark and I worked together for more than 15 years. He was my good friend and my exercise buddy. When I heard about Mark’s diagnosis, it was a shock to reconcile with the healthy guy I knew. We spent a lot of good times together, and he taught me the importance of shared experiences for life’s most important relationships. I am thankful for my friendship with Mark. I am grateful for our shared experience. What we shared is rare and good, and I will never get over looking back.

Marc Hennen

April 19, 2018

To Matthew and the Larson Family,

Want you to know that all of us that work with Matthew are thinking and praying for you all during this time. Please
accept our condolences.

With sympathy,

Marc Hennen and NK / Syngenta

Fran Johnson

April 18, 2018

I'm sorry I didn't know Mark very well but I did know how athletic he was. I will look for him every day as I drive by the corner of Apopka Vineland Road and Conroy Road as I head into work and as he waits for the light to change so he can run home after completing a HITT class at a church down the street. Yes that's correct. Mark ran to his exercise class, participated and ran home before 7:00 a.m. What a guy who left this earth too young but now plays an important role with the Lord.

Sue Utley

April 18, 2018

Mark's legacy will never be forgotten by all of us who worked with him. His character, integrity, love, compassion and excitement about his work, family, coworkers and life will carry on forever. His sense of humor will be missed greatly at the office and by all who knew and worked with him. He was quite the character! Love and prayers to Diane, Candace, Jeffrey and Matthew and all his family, friends and coworkers.

FROM THE FAMILY