Robert Allen “Bob” Larsen, age 75, of Neola, left this earthly world on June 10, 2022, and had a long awaited heavenly reunion with his son Jason and grandson Tulsa. He was born December 1, 1946, to Grace Bell and Archie Graham Larsen. He joined what would be a crew of 8–Vivian, Donald, Clifton, Carol, Chris, Pam, and DyAnna. He spent his childhood creating mischief and memories with his siblings and cousins in Arcadia, Utah. He fondly reminisced often about moving cows on Anthro Mountain with his entire extended family. He attended Union High School and graduated in 1965. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served as a Staff Sargent Air Traffic Control Specialist in the Vietnam War. He served from 1965 to 1969
In September 1967, he married Karolyn Jessen. Together they had two amazing children, Jason Allen and Ericka Reay. Karolyn and Allen later divorced.
During this time, Bob worked as an air traffic controller for the FAA following his Air Force service. He loved the adrenalin of that job. Bob loved being around airplanes and hoped to be a pilot. He then worked in transportation and the oil field.
On October 4, 1995, he married Leslie Sutton. Together they had their little girl, Leslee Ann, better known as, Annie. When they married, he became the best bonus dad to Alexis Joy and Lynnzie Jean.
Bob and Leslie made their home in Neola. He loved riding horses and supporting his children and grandchildren in their showmanship and racing. He was a life long Harley-Davison enthusiast. As he participated in multiple motorcycle events, he spent hours riding with his family and friends all along the Rocky Mountains. During these adventures his great friendship developed with Rocky Bozarth, who would become his forever best friend. Rocky and other friends will never truly never know if Bob chipped his bike, and he took great pleasure in them not knowing. Bob loved being in the outdoors and being able to share them him with grandchildren through camping adventures.
During his retirement, Bob and Leslie became co-owners of the Subway franchise in Roosevelt. He frequently worked the register and loved running into many old friends. Bob had a quick wit and was always making his family and friends roll with laughter. Bob suffered through life as a Dallas Cowboys fan. He even attend two live games which fulfilled a life long wish.
He leaves behind his best friend, soulmate, and wife, Leslie; his girls, who he was always so proud of: Ericka (Steve) Wall, Alexis (Jacob) Bryson, Lynnzie Vanleuven (Jeremy Conetah), and Annie (Billy) Daniels; grandchildren: HaiLee, Austin (Taylor), Sienna (Austin), McKinley (Christian), Trace, Fynlie, Declan, Oliver, Theo and Elliott; great-grandchildren: Brogan, Eden, Sobriah, JuLius, Elowyn, and Damien; siblings Vivian, Clifton (Norma), Chris, Pam and DyAnna (David); many nieces and nephews and so many friends who were family.
He was preceded in death by his son; grandson; parents; infant brother, Donald; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Vern Blake; brother-in-law Boyd Freston; sister-in-law, Trea Larsen; and parents-in-law, Art and Nancy Sutton.
His family would like to express gratitude to Tina from Good Shepherd. She helped us through so much.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. at the Neola Cemetery. He will receive military honors from the American Legion and the Patriot Guard Riders, both of which Bob was a proud member of.