Norman Larson, age 99, of San Ramon, CA, formerly of Cokato, died Sunday, June 7, 2009, at the Pleasanton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pleasanton, CA.
He was literally the last of his generation, having been preceded in death by his three sisters Myrtle, Ellen, and Lucille, and five brothers Bill, Cecil, Elmer, infant Oliver, and Reuben. He also outlived all his siblings’ spouses.
Norman was born in March of 1910, in Dassel to J. P. and Christine (Person) Larson. He graduated from Cokato High School.
Norman moved to California 1932 during the Great Depression and joined the California Highway Patrol (CHP) as a traffic officer in 1942.
He served initially in Butte County and transferred to Glenn County, where he met his future wife, Jessie. They were married in Willows, CA, in 1944 and for the next 55 years, lived in Salinas in Monterey County and Soquel in Santa Cruz County.
After Jessie’s death in 1999, Norman moved to Scotts Valley, CA, for 10 years and then relocated to San Ramon, CA, in 2006 to be closer to his son.
Norman retired from the CHP in 1970 after 28 years of service, traveled, and worked part-time for another 20 years as a driver for Santa Cruz Yellow Cab.
Norman is survived by one son, Erick Larson of San Ramon, CA, one granddaughter, Jennifer Balsbaugh of St. Paul, MN, and five great-grandchildren, Dietrich, Anna, Emily, Nora, and Charis. A second son, Jeffrey, preceded him in death in 1970.
In keeping with Norman’s request, no services were held and cremation arrangements were made by Graham-Hitch Mortuary of Pleasanton, CA.