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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Arvin Gerald Larson
June 30, 1945 - March 7, 2020

Place of Birth: Williston, North Dakota
Residence: Williston, North Dakota
Age: 74

Arvin Larson, 74, of Williston, North Dakota, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND.

Arvin Gerald Larson was born June 30, 1945, in Williston, ND. He was the son of Anne Haugjorde Larson and Clarion Larson. He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Wildrose, ND. He was raised and educated in Wildrose, graduating from Wildrose High School in 1963. He graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Arvin was united in marriage to Marlene Holland in Grace Lutheran Church in Wildrose on June 2, 1968. To this union, two children were born: Roxanne Renae and Ryan Mark. In 2018, they were blessed to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family in Norway.

He taught and coached at schools in Gwinner, ND and Poplar, MT. He was the high school principal in Ray, ND for 7 years.

In 1979, after the death of his father, Arvin and Marlene took over the family farm near Wildrose, and they continued to farm until 2017. He lived in Ray for 35 years and Williston for 7 years until the time of his death.

Arvin was a member of the Ray Lutheran Church and Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Williston. He was a member of many community activities including the Ray Golf Association and the Ray Lutheran Church choir. While he was a high school principal, he was on the ND State Board of Directors of Secondary School Principals. He served as a former Bethel Lutheran Home board member and was on the Wildrose Farmers Union Oil Board of Directors. He also served on the NCC Board of Directors for 26 years, and was President for 21 years. He was on the Board of Directors of the ND Association of Telephone Cooperatives and on various other committees for the rural telephone industry. He most recently served on the US Durum Growers Board of Directors.

Arvin was proud of the accomplishments of his two children and their spouses. His grandchildren were his joy, and he loved spending time with them and attending their school and sporting events.

Grateful to have shared in his life are his wife, Marlene; daughter, Roxanne (David) Keene of West Fargo, ND and his son, Ryan (Stacy) Larson of Bismarck, ND. Also surviving him are his grandchildren, Anders, Karsten and Kayden Larson and Zoe and Ava Keene. He is also survived by his sisters, Ranelle (Joe) Turman and Annette Larson of Fargo, ND; his brother, Tom (Carol) of Minot, ND; sisters- in-law, Merri Jo Hendrickson and Virginia (Dan) Noble and brothers-in-law, Bob (Virginia) Holland, Lew Holland and Jim (Patsy) Holland. Many treasured nieces and nephews also survive.

Arvin is preceded in death by his parents, Anne and Clarion Larson; in-laws, John and Marguerite Holland, brother-in-law, Arlo Hendrickson and niece Melissa Holland.

Memorial Contribution
Family has requested in lieu of flowers, please contribute to the charity of your choice in Arvin’s memory.

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Gary L Stefonowicz (Williston, ND)
Mar 9, 2020
Sorry to hear of Arvin's passing. He was a great person and helped out the Wildrose Community over the years. Always fun to visit with him. Rest in peace.
Roger and Patty Skarphol
Mar 9, 2020
We are so sorry for your great loss. Arvin contributed so much to so many over the years. He will be remembered fondly! Our prayers are with you all.
Jay and Brenda Larsen (Williston, ND)
Mar 10, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss, Roxanne and family. Your dad had such a kind spirit and I know he will be missed greatly. We are praying for you.
Freda Vachal (White Earth, ND)
Mar 10, 2020
So sorry to read of his passing. My sympathy and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time. May your faith and memories comfort you during the days ahead.
Cheryl and Bill Simpson (Ray, ND)
Mar 10, 2020
Marlene and family, we were shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Judy Ross (Minot, ND)
Mar 11, 2020
SIncere sympathy to you all.
O B Gunderson (williston, North Dakota)
Mar 11, 2020
My sympathy to the family. I will cherish his friendship and memory forever. God Bless.
Marilee Braathen Nelson (Noonan, ND)
Mar 11, 2020
You all have my sympathy in your loss. He will be missed in so many ways by being involved in so many things. His family & my family were friends from Norway. Cherish all your wonderful memories. God bless you all & RIP Arvin.
Jim and Sharon Murphy (Bend, Oregon)
Mar 11, 2020
Just learned of and am saddened by the sudden passing a truly good man. Condolences to his family, his dear friends, and all that will forever miss his presence. Rest in peace, Arvin.
Georgia Williamson (Williston, North Dakota)
Mar 11, 2020
May your special memories comfort your hearts during this sad time. Please accept my sympathy.
Julaine Christensen (DOUGLAS, Wyoming)
Mar 11, 2020
Marlene, Roxanne, Ryan and families. I am so sorry to hear of Arvin's passing. I pray that God has given you all the strength you need at such a sad sad time. Please know I hold you all in my heart and am sending love, hugs and prayers. Treasure your memories of happier times. RIP Arvin.
Elda Titus (Battleview, ND)
Mar 12, 2020
My heart aches for all of you, Life can change so rapidly. I’d like to share this poem by Roxie Smith titled “The Meaning” I will not doubt though there be questions in my heart, though eyes be damp with tears that course from streams within, I will not doubt. There is a certain strength that grace has given in my need, and hope lends inward voice to make my spirit strong.....I still can sing, for more and more Christ holds the mourning heart—There is the clasp of comfort that no human will take in hand, for, in the depths of ache the soul has mind to understand.
I sure hope I can make it to the funeral, if weather is bad I just want you to know my heart is with you...may God enfold you with love and peace. Thank goodness we have faith to help see one through. God bless
Tom Seymour (West Fargo, ND)
Mar 12, 2020
Arvin, was a leader in the cooperative telecommunications movement. He was always well informed and willing to help others. He truly was a leading educator !!
Rod and Lee Helgenset (Alexandria, Minnesota)
Mar 12, 2020
We extend our sympathies to your family at this time of sorrow. We will never forget the fun week we shared with Arvin and Marlene and the family in Mexico.
Paul and Diane Huso (Alexandria, MN)
Mar 13, 2020
Marlene, Roxy, Ryan and families: Diane and I are so deeply saddened by the news of Arvin's illness and passing. We are holding all of you in our prayers, and trust that somehow in God's great love and mercy he will carry you through this time of sorrow and loss. Your family's friendship was so important and meaningful to us when we were there with you. Thank you for those years. May the love of Christ, his grace, and peace be with you all now. Know that you will continue to be in our prayers. God be with you. Paul and Diane
Donna Dethman (Brockton, MT)
Mar 13, 2020
Marlene, I am so sorry to hear about Arvin’s passing. He was a kind, thoughtful man. We taught together in Poplar for several years and I enjoyed our visits whenever we ran into each other in Williston. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
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