Edward Sterling Larsen passed away peacefully and valiantly completed his journey here on earth Thursday, September 14, 2023. Although he suﬀered from a stroke due to A-ﬁb in 2020 and other complications along the way, his big heart and mind continued to be strong until the end.\n\nEd was born April 28, 1937, to George and Alta Larsen, in Spanish Fork, Utah. His early childhood, until the age of eight, was spent growing up on the family farm, in the farmhouse that Ed’s dad and Uncle Dean shared. This aﬀorded Ed many fond memories with his cousins. Ed loved to learn and tinker with projects; he even dismantled a car and took the pieces in his room to work on. Ed loved working on the family farm and was very active in the FFA. His Senior year, he was one of the few boys chosen to go to Kansas to judge hogs at a Stock Show. Ed loved basketball and was on the high school team. He had many friends and was loved by everyone who knew him. After Ed graduated from Spanish Fork High in 1955, he attended Utah State University for a semester, before returning home to help with the family farm, while his dad recovered for six months from a hip surgery. Ed then went on to attend BYU, serve in the Army and National Guard and later graduated from BYU with a master’s degree in education.\n\nEd met his sweetheart, Virginia Allen, during Stake Conference. The moment he saw her, he knew she would be the girl he would marry; they were married and sealed on June 29, 1960, in the Salt Lake temple. Together, they created a loving home and were blessed with three sons and one daughter, raising their family in their South Jordan home, that was built almost entirely by Ed in 1970, where Ed literally sawed each 2x4 because there wasn’t power to the house when he initially started. Ed was a loyal and faithful husband to Virginia and wanted nothing but the best for her. He always wanted to make sure she would have enough and be taken care of. They enjoyed making English toﬀee together and would deliver it to their neighbors during the Christmas season. Ed loved his kids and supported them in everything they did. With his video recorder in hand, Ed never missed a sporting event or dance performance. Ed taught his boys to work hard, taking them to job sites, teaching them valuable life skills and lessons. One of his passions was ﬁshing and Ed looked for any opportunity to go ﬁshing with his sons and daughter. Ed and Virginia dedicated their life to their family, later served a mission in Nauvoo, IL, and devoted nearly 20 years of service in the Jordan River Temple.\n\nEd had a love for life, an infectious laugh, enjoyed building relationships, and touched the lives of those he met. If you knew Ed, you loved Ed. He loved to serve those around him by coaching basketball, serving in FFA and VICA programs, and various church callings, including Ward Clerk, the Bishopric, and High Council.\n\nEd loved to build and had more tools than anyone could imagine. His tools were organized; he had a place for everything. He was often generous and shared his tools and expertise with neighbors, friends, and family. He was frugal and taught his boys to ﬁnd old wood, remove the nails, then use the reclaimed wood to build other projects. When he wasn’t teaching, working, or out back in his Shop, Ed loved spending time with his family, ﬁshing and hunting with his kids and grandkids, gardening, watching MASH, playing Pounce with lifelong friends, attending Spanish Fork Fiesta Days, hanging out with his dogs, attending grandchildren’s sporting events, having conversations with good friends, drinking Mountain Dew and Coke, and spending time at his cabin near Flaming Gorge.\n\nEd was a tough, yet gentle man. He loved the Savior and lived a Christ like life and had the opportunity to do work on the Salt Lake Temple. He was known for his extremely strong work ethic and knew how to build and ﬁx anything; he was a jack of all trades. He built his own camper from scratch, built furniture, bumper pool and foosball tables for his kids at Christmas time. He was a master teacher and craftsman and loved and touched the lives of many students, while teaching Shop at Evergreen Junior High, Kearns High School, and evening Shop classes. There have been countless times where students have shared their love for “Mr. Larsen” and have run into him, seeing him at a store, visiting his home, or running into him at his cabin. He not only taught them woodworking skills but led by his example of being patient and kind; something his students will always remember.\n\nAfter retiring from 20 years at Kearns High in 1987, Ed later went on to build beautiful custom homes and cabinets. Ed said he never had contracts with any of his homeowners he built for; he simply took a check as earnest money and built their home. Ed had a great love for Flaming Gorge and in 1993, found the perfect place for him to buy a cabin. He immediately started remodeling it, added a large deck, ﬁre pit, and built a large garage to hold his boats and numerous tools. That was one of his favorite places, creating precious memories for his children and grandchildren. Family was everything to Ed. His children and grandchildren will always cherish the traditions they had with him at the cabin and during Thanksgiving and Christmas time. Something unique about Ed, is that he could wiggle his ears and often made his family laugh.\n\nThe family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Ed’s caretaker, Jenny Dunn, for her selﬂess love and service as she cared for him, as well as the other nurses and LDS chaplain, Jody, that cared for and loved him until the end. His family would also like to express their love and appreciation to Ed’s sister, Ann, for continually loving her brother and always being there for him and the family.\n\nHe is survived by his wife, Virginia, his children Shawn and Michele Larsen, David and Diane Larsen, Rob and Amy Larsen, and Don and Michelle (Larsen) Mathews, 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and his sister, Ann (Larsen) Harrison.\n\nA viewing will be held on Monday, September 25, 2023 from 9:00 – 10:30 am at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway (10400 S), South Jordan, Utah. Graveside services will take place at Spanish Fork Cemetery at 12:00 pm, 420 South 400 East, Spanish Fork, Utah.