Terry Larson, 1946-2020
Terry Roger Larson of Glen Ellen passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He was born to Roger and Lorraine Larson on June 15, 1946, in New Rockford, North Dakota. He moved to Valley City, North Dakota, in 1959, and then to California in 1963, first to Chico, and then to Santa Rosa, where he met his true love, Karen Fawcett. The two were married in 1967 while Terry served in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Gaeta, Italy, aboard the U.S.S. Little Rock. Terry and Karen were an amazing team who worked together to build a wonderful life for themselves and their children, always remembering to purposely take the road less traveled, and to turn even the most difficult days into a fun adventure.
One of Terry’s greatest joys was making music. He sang and played the electric and stand-up bass in several bands, including Homemade Jamm and The Sonoma Mountain Band. Terry became a Psychiatric Technician and worked at Napa State Hospital. He became a Registered Nurse in 1976 and served the residents of the Sonoma Developmental Center for more than 35 years. He also served as a Nurse Consultant for Lifehouse of Marin County for 29 years. He was well loved and respected for his gentleness, his humor, his thoroughness, and the love and respect he gave to all he cared for.
Terry was a member of the Empire Sports Car Association, auto crossing his 1969 MGB, and later racing his Tesla, the first electric car in the ESCA club. Terry built his family home in Glen Ellen, in 1978. This was the first owner-built geodesic home in Sonoma County. Here, he and Karen raised their two children, worked hard, had a lot of fun, and enjoyed their retirement.
Terry was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Santa Rosa where he played his bass and sang in the choir. Terry enjoyed backpacking and camping with his co-workers, family and dear friends. He could always be counted on because he was always prepared. He could fix anything, build anything, and was a patient teacher and mentor to many. He was known for his gentle wisdom, his kindness, his music, and his willingness to help others.
Terry is survived by his loving wife Karen, son David, daughter Valerie Wolfe (Matt), and his two granddaughters, Annika and Maggie. He is also survived by his brother Keith (Libbie) and his sister Julie Bogue (George), and many nieces and nephews.
Please join Terry’s memorial service on Facebook Live through the Faith Lutheran Church of Santa Rosa (@FaithLutheranSantaRosa) on Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. Memorial gifts can be made to the Sonoma Land Trust or the Valley of the Moon Alliance in Terry’s name. A celebration of life will be held at some time in the future, when we can safely party together, share memories, and enjoy remembering this amazing man.