Herbert Lowell "Herb" Larson went to his heavenly reward Monday, May 26, 2003, after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born May 7, 1931, in Kiron, Iowa, the son of Leslie Arnold and Lillian Bilsten Larson. He was a graduate of Kiron High School. Herb worked with his Dad in Kiron Auto Company prior to serving his country in the Air Force. Following his military service, Herb married Lola "Jean" Robey in Boone, Iowa, June 25, 1955. Herb and his bride moved to Tucson in 1956 to complete his Education degree at the University of Arizona. Daughter Joan joined the family the day of his entrance exams. Herb graduated from the U of A Phi Delta Kappa. He also received his Masters in Education from the U of A and was known as an avid, life-long Wildcat fan.
Herb and Jean had fallen in love with Tucson, returning to Iowa only for visits. The family faithfully served the Lord at First Baptist Church, at Tucson Baptist Temple, and at El Camino Baptist Church. He was the founding member of The Templeaires, "Singing the Gospel Southern Style". Herb also organized the Tucson Gospel Singing Convention. Herb's voice was familiar to radio listeners in the Old Pueblo through his Sunday morning "Hymntime" program on KHOS, the afternoon "Gospel Songs over the Desert"on KFMM, as well as appearances in many churches throughout Arizona as the smooth high tenor with the Templeaires.
Herb had the heart of an educator, teaching at Winnie E. Wheeler Elementary School of the Tucson Public Schools / Tucson Unified School District from its opening day to his retirement in 1989. He frequently responded to the call "Mr. Larson" from former students, able to recall some special memory of each one.
Mr. Larson is survived by his devoted wife, Jean of Tucson; daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Jim Lason of Congress, Arizona; and granddaughters and grandson, Leslie, Lily, and Luke Lowell Lason also of Congress. His sister, Mary (Robert) Larson Nelson of Tucson; aunts, Dorothy Larson Brown and Myrna Strelinger both of Tucson; an uncle, Lowell Herbert Bilsten of Kansas; sister-in-law, Ann Frahm Larson of Colorado; sister-in-law, Ruth (Roger) Robey McCreight of Tucson; brother-in-law, Art (Judy) Robey of Iowa; six nieces, eight nephews, many extended family members, and a host of friends also survive him. Herb was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Maxine (Wilmer) Larson Ang; one brother, Leslie A. Larson, Junior; and four nephews (Tom Nelson, Paul Nelson, Jerry Ang, and Jim Ang).
Arrangements are being handled through East Lawn Palms Mortuary in Tucson. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2003. Services will be Monday, June 2, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Tucson Baptist Temple, 1525 S Columbus Blvd. Graveside service will follow at East Lawn Palms Cemetery. A memorial fund will be established.
Kiron's motto is "Blessed with the Best". It must be true because Herb was truly one of the best!! He will be remembered by those whose life he touched.