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Robert D. Larson

September 3, 1961 - April 27, 2019


Robert Larson fought a courageous battle with cancer and passed away at his home in West Salem surrounded by his beloved family on April 27, 2019 at the age of 57. 

Robert was born in Eugene on September 3, 1961.  His family briefly resided in Spokane and Seattle, Washington before settling in Salem in 1967.  After graduating in 1979 from Sprague High School, he proudly attended the University of Oregon where he studied Business Administration and Accounting earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983.
 
After graduating from UO, Robert began a 35-year career with the State of Oregon.  He earned his CPA certification and worked for 9 years as an auditor with the Secretary of State Audits Division.  He spent the last 26 years as Debt Manager with Oregon Housing and Community Services department.
 
As a dedicated public servant with a strong work ethic, Bob continued to work until his passing.  His devotion and commitment to his job and profession earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues.  A kind and gentle man with a dry wit, Robert will be greatly missed not only by his family, but by all who worked with him and those who were privileged to call him friend.  Robert had a keen mind and enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, Tuesday night trivia with family and friends, and enjoyed watching all types of sports, especially the Trailblazers and his favorite Oregon Ducks.  Although he worked tirelessly, Bob always found time for his family and never missed a sports game, music performance, or any of the countless activities his children pursued through the years.
 
A loving family man, Robert is survived by his wife of 32 years, Staci; children Daniel Larson of Salem, and Sarah Larson Thom (Patrick) of Tualatin; parents, David and Elda Larson of Salem; brother Mark Larson (Kim) of Olalla, Washington; and rescue dog Lilly. 
 
The funeral mass celebrating Robert’s life will be held at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Keizer on May 17, 2019 at 1:30 PM with a reception immediately following in the parish hall.  In honor of his wishes, please consider wearing green in celebration of his beloved Ducks.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, or Queen of Peace Catholic Church Building Fund or new Youth Center Fund in Salem.  Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

 

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On behalf of myself and our entire Law Office of Eden Rose Brown family, we send our most loving thoughts and prayers to you Staci, Daniel and Sarah.  Bob fought the good fight, but he will be so deeply missed.  Our hearts are with you.



I had the pleasure of working with and knowing Bob for more than 26 years. He was a consummate professional; one of the most diligent and conscientious individuals with whom I have ever worked. Bob was a man of great integrity. I have never heard anyone say an unkind word about him. Even as Bob was battling his severe illness, he preserved his equanimity and maintained his sense of humor. He was extremely courageous in his struggle. All who knew Bob were better off for it. The world was a better place because he graced us with his presence. I will miss him greatly. Howard Zucker



Although we only knew Bob a few short years, we enjoyed our game nights and gatherings.  Our family will feel a void as we get together in the future without him.  May God bless each of you through this difficult time.



Staci, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You are a warrior and very loved.



I had the privilege of working with Bob for 14 years at Oregon Housing and Community Services.  Bob was truly one of the smartest colleagues I've ever worked with, yet despite his incredible knowledge and skills, he was always willing to take the time to teach and explain things in a way that didn't make you feel unintelligent.  I learned so much from Bob and will always be thankful for the time we worked as colleagues and the positive influence he had on me both professionally and personally.  To Staci, Daniel, and Sarah, my thoughts and prayers go with you during this difficult time, but I know Bob will always be with you in spirit and look over each of you. 
 



I have had the honor or working with Bob for over 20 years.  He was a conscientious, thoughtful and kind hearted man who has made a lasting impression on all of us who knew him.  His perseverance and personal strength will stay with all who worked with him.  Please accept my sincerest condolences.   Barbara Feldman



My deepest condolences!  I knew Bob for most of his career at OHCS.  I considered him a friend and appreciated his professionalism and many kindnesses.  He and I last spoke at my retirement party in March that he graciously made the effort to attend.  The world is a better place because of Bob. 

Respectfully,
Dee Carlson
 



It was my honor to work with Bob for most of my 20 years at Oregon Housing and Community Services.  One of the smartest guys I know.  I would always give him a hard time about the massive amount of piles of paper he had in his office, but he know where any document was when he needed it.  We had some great drive trips up to Portland for Bond Closings.  My heart is broken that his life was cut short.  Prayers and blessings to Staci, Daniel and Sarah.



My love and condolences to you and your family.  Bob was a great man and I'm glad I had the opportunity to know and work with him.  He will be greatly missed.  

 



I had the privilege of working with Bob on a host of state bonding projects over the past 15 years.  He was a kind and compassionate person as well as great, dedicated financial professional  -- in his own quiet way, Bob made a huge, positive impact on the life of scores of Oregonians who because of Bob's efforts, were able to afford to buy their first home or live in safe, affordable rental housing.  My heart goes out to Bob's family, and to all those who worked closely with him over his long career with the State of Oregon.  He will be greatly missed!!!



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Your family are in our thoughts & prayers.



We appreciated you both for being there with us, when we were all going through such a difficult time in our lives. Bob always made our day so much brighter, we looked forward to seeing him every week. He was taken way to soon, our hearts are broken.



It is with deep sadness to say that Oregon just lost one of its finest public servants.  Bob Larson was the ultimate professional.  He was hard working, knowledgeable, easy to work with and willing to help those around him.  His counsel, quick wit, love of his Oregon Ducks, and friendship will be greatly missed by those of us who knew him personally and professionally.

Staci, Daniel and Sarah, I hope you can find comfort during this difficult time in all the wonderful memories and experiences you shared with Bob.  He touched many lives in a positive way and he will live on in the hearts of those who knew him.  
 



It was my honor and privilege to work with Bob at OHCS. He was kind, gentle, funny, and brilliant. His work made a significant difference in the lives of so many people living in poverty in Oregon. My heart and prayers are with his family. May his memory be eternal.



Bob was such a great guy.  Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Staci.
Brian Nava



Bob was a joy to work with and his commitment to excellence was unsurpassed. He was truly a wonderful mentor and I considered it the highest honor to be able to call him my boss and friend. He will be incredibly missed. My thoughts of hope and comfort go out to his family.



To all who hold precious memories of Robert, we offer our heartfelt thoughts and prayers for you. 
May God's blessings and comfort be felt by all.
    Warmly, Wayne and Marcia, ( Dave and Elda"s neighbors.) 



I knew Bob from our years together in the Oregon Audits Division.  A really nice guy.  Sincere condolences to his family.



Bob was a huge impact on my life. He taught me so much...but what I loved the most, was the way he could make me laugh. He always made time for you, and answered my many silly questions, without ever making me feel dumb. He was a boss, a peer and a friend. I was fortunate enough to have known Bob for over 20 years. After I left Housing we stayed in touch, and would catch up on family and crazy pets. Staci, Daniel and Sarah he was so proud of all of you and loved you so much. You should be very proud of Bob too, as he has created a legacy at Housing, that will never be forgotten. So sorry for your loss.



Working with Bob was one of the best memorable experience I’ve ever had.   A very kind- hearted man with a lot of passion for what he believes in.  He is one person who will always be loved and remembered.    



I worked with Bob for several years at Oregon Housing and Community Services and always enjoyed his wit and his amazing intelligence.  My days were enriched by knowing him. I am so sorry for your loss.  May God comfort you at this time.

 



To the Larson family, so sorry for your loss.  I really enjoyed working with Bob at OHCS, he will be missed so very much.



Bob was a GREAT Manager. I was very fortunate to know Bob for 15 years at Oregon Housing. He will be greatly missed. Hugs and prayers to Staci, Daniel, and Sarah. GO DUCKS!!!