Ronald W. Larson, 70, a longtime Neilton, Washington resident, died on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Veterans Administration Hospital in Seattle. He was born on April 16, 1943, in Seattle, Washington, to Harold William Larson and Elvera Constance Myrtle (Nelson) Larson.
Ronald resided on Bainbridge Island, Washington where he attended Bainbridge Island High School. Upon his completion of high school he then attended Olympic Community College in Bremerton, Washington for two years. He then transferred to Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington where he graduated with his teaching certificate.
He then went to Vietnam as a member of the United States Army. He was wounded during a battle in Vietnam from which he was awarded a Purple Heart.
Following his honorable discharge he obtained his first teaching job at the Queets-Clearwater School District. His various responsibilities included serving as the superintendent, the principal, teaching three different grades and being the basketball coach. He continued to teach at that school for the next 31 years. Along the way he helped mold and direct the lives of many children. He was a huge sports fan and really enjoyed watching his grandson, Trenton, play baseball.
Ron was a charter member of the Clearwater-Kalaloch Lion’s Club. He took his Lion Club duties and offices he held very seriously. For his distinguished achievements, he was awarded the International Presidents Award, the highest award a Lion can receive.
Ronald W. Larson was married to Sandra Jean Rose on June 19, 1981. They lived in Clearwater until 1986 when they moved to Neilton where he had since resided.
He devoted his life to serving his communities through both his teachings and Lion Club activities. Ron was an extremely kind and sincere man who touched the lives of many. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. The world has lost a “Living Angel”.
Ronald W. Larson is survived by his son, Carlin V. Larson; his grandson, Trenton J. Larson; his brother, Bruce Larson of Bremerton and other relatives. He is preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Jean (Rose) Larson, who died on June 10, 2013; and his parents, Howard and Elvera Larson.
Donations may be made to the Clearwater - Kalaloch Lions Club, c/o Dale Rotter, 3707 Clearwater Road, Forks, WA 98331.
A celebration of his life with military honors will be held at 12 Noon, Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Quinault Valley Chapel on Burn Road in Neilton.
Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 - 5th Street in Hoquiam.
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