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“I had the privilege to work briefly with Dr. Larson at The Human Service Center in Rhinelander. He was a kind, compassionate and caring man. He spoke...Read More »
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“David was one of the finest men I have ever or will ever meet.  He was a man who could have walked with Kings yet he chose to commit his...Read More »
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“As my cousin, Karen Carlson Tharp has already written, David and Elliott Larson were our "fun cousins" whom we always looked forward to seeing when...Read More »
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Dr. David Lynn Larson, age 70, of Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin, died on Wednesday, June 14, at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He passed away from spinal cord injuries caused by a tragic fall.
David was born on June 27, 1941, and grew up in Buffalo, New York, with his parents Harold and Edna Larson, and his brother Elliott.
David graduated with a B.S. from Wheaton College and earned an M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in psychiatry. He completed his medical internship at the University of North Carolina's Memorial Hospital and his residency at Yale University Hospital. His career took him to Oklahoma, Vermont, Texas, and finally Wisconsin. For many years, he served as the clinical director at the Marathon County Healthcare Center in Wausau, Wisconsin.
David, fondly known as "Paca" or "Pooka" by his grandchildren, was a man of many interests and passions, including cooking, boating, fishing, playing the piano, gardening, and playing with his nine grandchildren. He and his wife, Karen, were famous for their gourmet meals and entertaining flair, which drew many to their lake house "El Reno" in the Northwoods. David was also a lifelong singer, who performed in the Wheaton College Glee Club and many church choirs. He had a keen intellect and could always be counted on for witty repartee and an incisive analysis of current political and religious issues. His sly jokes and silly songs delighted his grandchildren.
David is survived by his wife, Karen; his brother Elliott (Marty) Larson; and his six children: Kimberly (Ed) O'Connor of Sun Prairie; Kenton Bradshaw of Rhinelander; Holly (Jeff) Eversoll of Stoughton; Holly Larson of Durham, North Carolina; Kristen (Greg) Larson Blair of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Joshua (Kim) Larson of Mill Valley, California. David is also survived by nine grandchildren: Reilly, Kieran, and Aidan O'Connor; Jackson and Parker Eversoll; Austin and Katie Blair; and Izzy and Reese Larson.
Services are being held Tuesday, June 19, at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Minocqua at 11:30 AM. A viewing will precede the service at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Dr. Larson's memory to Rhinelander Food Pantry or St. Francis Outreach at St. Matthias. Please mail your contributions to St. Matthias Episcopal Church at PO Box 936, Minocqua, WI 54548.

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