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Eric M. Larson

February 17, 1966 April 1, 2021
Eric M. Larson
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Eric Michael Larson, age 55, passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at his home in Littleton, surrounded by his wife and daughter. A beloved husband, father, son, brother, grandpa, uncle, and friend. The Viking, the adventurer, the life of the party, the protector. A man with an infectious laugh, a gruff exterior full of love, and the willingness to look for the good inside of everyone. The know how to fix anything tangible or intangible guy, unshakably secure in who he was and what he wanted for himself and those around him.

Eric stayed a true native to Colorado throughout his 55 years here on earth. Adventuring through various landscapes is where he found his peace and happiness, whether that be in Colorado or some foreign destination. Being an avid outdoors man, thrill seeking junkie, and true fear of missing out on the fun kind of guy, you could never pinpoint where he would be or when. The most you could hope for is to be lucky enough to be in his company, wherever that may have been.

Over his 55 years he accomplished so much. He created two successful businesses in insurance and travel, raised a daughter, found, married and loved his soulmate, nurtured family who became friends, and acquired numerous friends who became family. Eric lived every day and created memories that will be shared over and over by those still here and passed down in the generations to come.

Although cliché, the saying, “live every day to the fullest”, was Eric’s mantra. His free spirit and need to move always took him somewhere fun and full of adventure. So many people were blessed with at least one of his outings. Whether it be four wheeling a new path above timberline or camping in the woods. Peacefully fishing wherever he could throw his line in or trekking through tree lines and fields to find those birds. Exploring abandoned places or walking down the beach during sunset. Crashing through jungles on four wheelers to enjoying a dip in a refreshing lake or ocean. Finding a new place to have a drink and eat, to sitting at his favorite spots with his favorite people. His body and mind were always in motion, but his beliefs and spirit were always at rest.

Strength can be described in many ways, but I think everyone can agree Eric had enough strength for all those around him, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Although he didn’t think he was leaving us to a crazy story like he wanted, he went out to a much better one. Two long years of battling a few misdiagnoses with the hope he could recover almost fully was swiftly taken away at the end of January with an ALS diagnosis from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He never wavered during this time and continued to love unconditionally. He soaked in every moment with everyone, he joked at inappropriate times, and he still protected and cared for those around him before himself. Though his movements and voice were gone, he could communicate anything with one his signature looks. He went out to a story of true determination and love, and in true Eric fashion he went out on April Fool’s Day and the biggest party day in Colorado, Rockies Opening Day.

I know if he were here right now, he would say he loved you all so very much. He wouldn’t want us to mourn him in death but celebrate him in life. As you go on with your life, I encourage you to take time for yourself and your desires, so you may live with no regrets, just as he did. Never forget to ask because the worst someone will say is no. The next time you find yourself losing control, step outdoors and breath in that fresh air to ground yourself again. Be mindful of what you put out into the universe because it will eventually come back to you in some form. But most importantly, live unapologetically the life you choose.

Eric Michael Larson is survived by his wife Kara Larson, daughter Kelsey Jansen and her spouse Brian Jansen, ex-wife Jackie Greer, grandchildren Adeline Pennetta-Ford, Carter Jansen and Piper Jansen, mother Nancy Larson and her spouse Keith Cowan, brothers Brian Larson and spouse Leanne Larson, Kevin Larson, and Neil Larson, uncle Buzz Schennum and spouse Eileen Schennum, nephew Ben Larson, nieces Katie Larson and Maggie Larson, and several cousins and many friends. He was predeceased by his father Ronald Larson.

Services for Eric will be held, Friday, April 9, 2021, at 1:00 PM, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2100 Wadsworth Blvd, Denver, CO 80214.

Donations can be made to, The ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter, in memory of Eric Larson.

If people prefer sending a check, they can send to:
The ALS Association Rocky Mt. Chapter
10855 Dover St., Ste. 500
Westminster, CO 80021
In memory of Eric Larson

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Celebration of Life




1:00 PM 4/9/2021 1:00:00 PM
Bethlehem Lutheran Church

2100 Wadsworth Blvd, Denver, CO 80214.
Denver, CO 80214

PLEASE FOLLOW COVID19 GUIDELINES. Services will conclude at the church.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church
2100 Wadsworth Blvd, Denver, CO 80214. Denver 80214 CO
United States

Memorial Contribution

ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter

10855 Dover Street, Suite 500
Westminster, CO 80021 in memory of Eric Larson.memory.

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