Graveside services for Edward Mark Larson, 77, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 24, 2010 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, KS. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. Mr. Larson died July 21, 2010 at Stormont-Vail in Topeka, KS.
He was born August 23, 1932 in Belleville, Kansas the son of Elmer C. and Mary E. (Vietor) Larson.
He graduated from Belleville High School in 1950 and received his BA from the Kansas Wesleyan University and his Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona. He taught school in Texas, worked for the City of Kansas City, Missouri and installed insulation in homes. Mr. Larson was an avid gardener, naturalist and environmentalist and was an active participant in the Re-evaluation Counseling Community.
Mr. Larson was a noted Lawrence social activist. He was an active member of many organizations including the Kansas Area Watershed (KAW) Council, Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice, Lawrence-El Papaturro Friendship Committee, Appropriate Technology Center, and Radioactive Free Kansas. He was an active member of the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence and received the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Social Justice Adult Award in 2004.
He is survived by nieces, Ann Swenson of Wichita, KS; Nancy Fricke of Nashville, TN and nephews, Bruce Larson of Edinburg, VA; Kim Larson of Turlock, CA.
Memorials may be made in his name to Lawrence-El Papaturro Friendship Committee; Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence or to Community Foundation and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.