In loving memory of

Paul Thomas Larson
January 25, 1957 - December 27, 2021

Paul Thomas Larson, age 64, of Fort Dodge passed away unexpectedly at his home on December 27, 2021.

Memorial services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Callender. A visitation will be 9:30 AM until the start of the service at the church.

Paul was born on January 25, 1957 to Rev. Geo. P. Larson and Dorothy (Huseth) Larson in Sioux City, IA. As a child he moved with his parents to Watertown, SD. In 1968, the family moved to Fort Dodge, IA where Paul spent his high school years and graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School. After graduation, he attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and transferred to Bemidji State University where he met his wife Marilyn. On October 10, 1980 he was united in marriage to Marilyn Knutson in Richfield, MN. The couple made their home in Bloomington, MN. Throughout his life, Paul worked mostly in Customer Service and Telemarketing, except from 1982 through 1984 when the couple worked as residential counselors at a group home for developmentally disabled adults in Viroqua, WI. In 1984, the couple moved to Cedar Rapids, IA. Then in 2014 they briefly resided in Atlantic, IA before moving to Fort Dodge, IA where Paul worked as an account executive with Aviator's Hotline for seven years. For most of his life, Paul was passionately involved in local politics and ran for several local political offices. He never was elected; maybe because he was too honest and forthright. For those that knew him best, he was a very caring and compassionate person. He spent many hours writing cards and letters to and visiting nursing home residents, shut-ins, and those in the hospital. He had his flaws and shortcomings, but he knew that all his sins were atoned for by the life, death and resurrection of his Lord, Jesus Christ. He did his best to live the JOY principle: Jesus first, others second, and yourself last. He will be greatly missed by those he loved and those who loved him.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Marilyn, brother, James (Sooji) of South Korea, sisters, Joy (Philip) of Northfield, MN and Rebecca (Paul) of Gig Harbor, WA and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David.

Memorials may be left to Our Saviour's Lutheran Church at 504 James Street in Callender, IA 50523.


Sharon Haberman wrote on Jan 12, 2022:

"Marilyn and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Paul. "

Jeff Grell wrote on Jan 8, 2022:

"I remember Paul in High school and playing football. Sorry for his families and friends loss."

David Renken wrote on Dec 31, 2021:

"Paul, I know that you are enjoying seeing our Lord Jesus and having him laugh at your jokes. I can only imagine what kind of wit you are using on the King of Kings. Marilyn, may God give you the comfort and support that you need in the many months and years ahead. Your husband is definitely a one of a kind in several ways. Love and hugs to you."

Robin and Carole Tucker wrote on Dec 31, 2021:

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Marylyn, Paul's wife, and his cousin, Steve, on news of Paul's sudden passing. My own sister died suddenly this month. I got to know Paul best, after he and his wife moved away from Cedar Rapids. His Chirstmas and/or birthday cards always brought special meaning of faith, family, fellowship/service to others. RIP Paul, and thank you for your kindness and encouragement of faith, family and service to others. Robin & Carole Tucker of Cedar Rapids "

Dave Herwig wrote on Dec 30, 2021:

"Paul Larson. It's been a long time. Fort Dodge Sr. High Graduation to be exact. I've often thought of Paul while reminiscing about the past, from grade school through senior high. He was among the most genuine people I've ever known, always being open and forward with his views. He was the person behind the voice that was selected to deliver the daily news over the intercom every day while we were sitting in our Homerooms. He would always include a daily joke with the news which would make us groan and roll our eyes. Of course, everyone would look forward to the next day and another joke. Thanks for the memories, Paul. Enjoy the next phase of life's journey!"

Annette Clark wrote on Dec 30, 2021:

"I saddened to hear of PT's passing. Prayers to Marilyn, Steve and all his family. He is with Jesus. Love, Annette and Lawrence"

Christine Mason wrote on Dec 30, 2021:

"My condolences to Paul?s family and friends. Paul was a wonderful man who worked with us at First Data Corporation. He was kind, compassionate and funny. I will always be appreciative of Paul?s passion for educating people on why it?s important to stay informed and involved in local politics - he gave me a better understanding of the importance of staying informed of local politics- I will always be thankful he shared his passion. May his memory be eternal. "

Bill DeSmidt wrote on Dec 30, 2021:

"Marilyn, I so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. He was a good man. I enjoyed the couple of lunches I had with you two when you lived in Cedar Rapids.You two were a loving couple. Unfortunately due to health issues I will not be able to make it to the service but my prayers will be for you as I know Heaven has gain a new Angel to watch over you and all."

Nancy Metier Mohni wrote on Dec 29, 2021:

"Marilyn. I?m so sorry for your loss. Paul was a kind man. When I think of him and remember Paul?s puns and his smile that lit up he eyes and face. He always had one! Peace and hugs my friend. Nancy Metier Mohni. "