January 30, 1919 – April 3, 2013
Lee Larson, 94, passed away on April 3, 2013 in Portland, Oregon. He was born on January 30, 1919, in Seattle, Washington. He was raised there and attended the University of Washington, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. He then served his country during WWII with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Aleutian Islands. After the war, Lee began his career as a high school teacher and counselor. He also joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves, retiring as a Major after 20 years in 1967.
Lee married Ruth (Olson) on April 4, 1943. They have shared 70 wonderful and supportive years of marriage together. Lee was well recognized as a great role model, and also as a loving husband and father. He was very attentive and respectful to his family and all those around him. He spent 35 years in secondary education, including 10 as a math and science teacher in Burlington, WA and 25 as a teacher and head counselor at Benson HS in Portland. Lee was also a very active leader in the Covenant Church. He enjoyed staying in touch with both young people and adults, and was never “stuck in a decade”. He always made sure to listen, understand, and often learn from the people around him, no matter their ages.
Lee is survived by his wife, Ruth Larson, of Portland; children Robert Larson of Portland, Christy Fair of Gig Harbor, WA, James Larson of Happy Valley, and David Larson of Albany; as well as 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Lee will be laid to rest privately at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham, and a memorial service will be held on Tuesday April 9, 2013 at 1:30pm at Powell Valley Covenant Church in Gresham.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
April 8, 2013
It was with great sadness that I read of Mr. Larson's passing. He was definitely one of my favorite teachers at Benson, and even after I graduated in 1961, I always made it a point to visit with him at each Tech Show.
When I returned from Vietnam in 1967 and reentered college as an Electrical Engineering major, it was Mr. Larson that I talked with at Benson and decided to switch my major to Education so I could become a Math teacher too. He had a profound effect on my life – probably more than any of my other teachers. I don't think I ever thanked him for that. It was just accepted between us. I returned to Benson in 1999 as a math teacher myself and was there until I retired in 2005.
I want to express my deepest sympathies to Mrs. Larson and your family. Teachers always wonder if all their efforts in trying to help students grow and become adults have any effect. In Mr. Larson's case there is no question. I was just one of the many students whose lives he touched and had a positive effect on. He will always be remembered.
April 7, 2013
Lee and I worked together at Benson in the counseling department. He was so appreciated and loved by the faculty. He was a very special person to me in my workplace. He was a blessing.
The Staff of Bateman Carroll Funeral Home
April 7, 2013
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Jerry & Carol Lundberg
April 6, 2013
One of the Finest Men I have ever Met. Kind and deeply Interested in all People He Met. My wife and I felt a closeness to Lee and his wonderful wife. God has never made a better Man, Rest in Peace Lee,We will miss you!Love Jerry & Carol Lundberg