Long time Juneau resident Robert Walter Larson passed away Saturday march 26th, 2016 at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA with his family by his side following a battle with cancer exacerbated from severe injuries suffered from a fall at his Tee Harbor home. He was 74.
Robert “Bob” was born in Denver Colorado in early March 1942 to his mother: Christine Marie (Ketelsen) Larson and Father: Albert Walter Larson. His immediate family included in order of age: Richard Larson of Tomball, Texas, Linda Larson of Tucson Arizona, and Susan Carter of Coarsegold, CA.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife Dolores of 31 years, his youngest brother Timothy Larson who was two weeks of age, and his parents.His first marriage produced his only four children and following the divorce of this first wife in 1981 he married again to Dolores Moulton of Juneau, AK where they lived together at their home at Tee Harbor since 1983. Their combined marriage included Bob’s own four children in order of age, daughter Christina Larson of Juneau, Son Doug Larson of Haines, Son William Larson of Anchorage, and Daughter Katie Larson-Markiewicz of Anchorage. Bob has three step children from his marriage with Dolores as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Bob attended Holy Family Catholic School in Denver, Colorado throughout his grade and high school years graduating from high school in 1960. He began his college education at Mesa Junior College in Grand Junction, Colorado. He continued education at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado where he earned a B.S. in Wild Life Biology in 1965. He also attended the Alaska State Trooper Academy in Sitka, Alaska in 1976.Bob’s life in Alaska began when he packed up his young family and drove to Alaska from Denver Colorado arriving to North Pole Alaska in 1972 where he began his career as a Biologist with Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Later in 1974 he relocated his family to Delta Junction Alaska where he served as an Area Biologist III managing the Bison herd as well as an array of other species. His career highlight in that position was bringing from concept to fruition the establishment of the 90,000 acre Delta Junction State Bison Range enhancing both local wild life habitat as well as contributing to the local economy in that town. In 1980 Bob left his position in Delta Junction to take on a new role as the Assistant Executive Director of the Board of Game, a position he held after relocating to Juneau Alaska in 1982 until his retirement in 1995.
A voracious reader always, and accompanying Bob’s profound love and respect for all wildlife he enjoyed the outdoors with activities such as hunting and fishing. He traveled with his wife Dolores extensively throughout the world and developed a fondness and skill for creating fine cuisine. Bob and Dolores both enjoyed entertaining friends and family and were well known for their annual Oktoberfest Celebration held in their Tee Harbor home where they shared with their friends and family Bob’s homemade beer and Dolores’ traditional Oktoberfest dishes.Bob’s humor and friendly demeanor will be missed by all who knew him.A celebration of life will be held at the Shrine of St. Therese on Saturday May 28th, at 3:00 p.m.