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FRANK LARSON

FRANK LARSON Frank "Duke" Larson passed away at his home in Henderson, the morning of June 5, 2013, shortly after his daily five-mile walk of which he never missed. He was born Dec. 8, 1935, in Washington, Utah, and was the third child and eldest son of Frank and Ruby Larson. Duke graduated from Dixie High School in St. George, May 28, 1954 and moved to Henderson, May 30 of the same year. Dec. 1, 1957 he began what would become his lifetime career of being a firefighter for the City of North Las Vegas. Duke was a very intelligent man who quickly progressed through the ranks. September 15, 1975 he attained the fire department's highest position when he was appointed fire chief. He retired from the fire department March 31, 1990. Of course, if you were to ask Duke as to his greatest achievement, he would without hesitation answer that of his family. He married Cynthia Jean Russell June 19, 1959 and they were blessed with three daughters, Rhonda Leavitt (Ronnow), Shelly Larson-Johnson, and Jeannie Waters (Neal), all of whom he was very proud. He was also blessed with 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. His greatest enjoyment came from spending time with them at his cabin at Duck Creek on Cedar Mountain, family celebrations, weekly Sunday evening visits, and every sporting event and musical performance that he could possibly fit in. In addition to being survived by each of the above, he is also survived by two sisters, Joyce Empey and Myrna Linder; as well as two brothers, Claude Larson and Greg Larson. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Patricia Warren. He will be missed greatly by all of those who knew and loved him. Viewing will be 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13. Viewing again 10-10:45 a.m., Friday, June 14, with services following, at 11 a.m., all at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel, 1500 Amador Lane, Henderson.

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